Brendan Roddy – Pottery Pop Up Nov. 9-26

Brendan Roddy’s work is part three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.

 

“I am greatly inspired by all things water and ocean related,” shares Roddy. “Being new to coastal Maine, I find the shape of shells, crashing of waves, flowing of water, and oceanic life both beautiful and organic.  I strive to interpret these forms and gestural lines in my ceramic sculptures and pottery.”

Brendan Roddy teaches Fine Art at the Middle School of the Kennebunks as well as courses at River Tree Arts. Roddy creates hand-built and wheel thrown ceramic work inspired by “all things water and ocean-related.” His work is both sculptural and functional, inspired by the movement, texture, and forms of the ocean.

Travel, specifically to Aspen, Ireland, and Iceland, has now become very influential in my work. I collect driftwood and other natural material from various locations and combine them with clay to create abstract landscapes influenced by each place and experience,” says Roddy. “I enjoy working with texture and highlighting those textures with simple glazes and underglazes. When creating hand-built or wheel thrown work, I find myself lost in the feel of clay. I love following flowing edges and contours and appreciate the raw nature of the material. I want the clay to work with me and have the material itself tell me where to go and what to create next.”

Come in and see Brendan Roddy’s work as part of the three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. The Artist Reception is a perfect time to meet and talk with Brendan.

 

Richard P. Winslow – Pottery Pop Up Nov. 9-26

Richard P. Winslow’s work is part three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.

Winslow, born and raised in Sanford, Maine, presently has a home and studio in Waterboro where not only does he create his incredible works in clay,  he also paints in a variety of mediums. Though the travel bug was a large part of his youth, he has called Maine home for many years.

“I started doing pottery many years ago in my college years,” shares Winslow.  “The world of work distracted my art and pottery output for several years. It wasn’t until later that I was able to get back to my arts and crafts interest. Now they are primary in my life.”

Winslow primarily does most of his pottery working on the wheel and uses multiple methods to add texture and design to many of his shapes.

“I have explored many firing and glazing options,” says Winslow. “Currently, I mostly fire to cone 5/6  and consistently use glazes that are certified as food safe.”

Currently, Winslow does both painting and pottery and belong to several arts and crafts associations. He also participates in numerous shows in the Southern Maine area. His studio is in the lower level of his home where he also maintains an exhibit space.

Richard P. Winslow’s work will be part three-man show at Pop Up from November 9 – 26 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. Please stop by and meet the artist and learn a bit more about his life and his work.

Meet the Staff – Abby Daggett, Gallery Manager of The Works

She may have been born and raised in Kennebunk, but Abby Daggett, our “new this spring” Manager of The Works on Maine Art Hill, hasn’t stayed still since graduating from high school.

“I have lived in Kennebunk, Boston, Dublin, Ireland and Italy in Venice, Rome, Florence,” shares Daggett. “School and studies prompted most of my travels. I earned my BS in Psychology with a minor in Art History from Northeastern University in 2013 and my Masters in Art Management from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Florence and Rome in 2017.”

Daggett’s Dad, originally from Kennebunk and Mom, who is from Burlington, Vermont met when teaching in the Kennebunk school district. It is these two she gives credit for her love of art.

“They got me to love art simply through “over” exposure. They traveled with me to Europe visiting museums starting when I was just six years old,” explains Daggett. “The best part though, every year for their anniversary they buy themselves a piece of art. They’ve been married for over thirty years. So needless to say I grew up surrounded by great art. They have now found of the love of sculpture since there’s no more wall space. It’s another new adventure!”

Both horses and soccer were part of Abby’s growing up years, and continue to be part of her world now. Of course, adding travel to her list of passions, she keeps a pretty full plate during her off hours. 

“I love horses and the ocean and Italy. I look forward to more traveling, and just being with the people I love, hopefully living on a farm by the beach,” says Daggett. “Recently I’ve changed my “when I grow up” phrase to ‘When I grow up I want to be an old Italian man farmer and drive my little Ape around my fields.’” 

Seems reasonable.

Daggett started her art career working at Kennebunkport Arts, then worked in galleries/museums in Boston for five years.

“When I left Boston, I took jobs that brought me abroad for three years. The first was a teaching assistant for an abroad trip to Venice, then Peggy Guggenheim Internship in Venice, followed by a Study Abroad Assistant in Dublin, Ireland,” explains Abby. “When I finished my masters and had to leave Italy, I came home to start my job search and worked at Ports of Italy. Hey, it’s sort of a connection to Italy. I enjoyed the fast paced environment there. Knowing the Italian language and typical dishes made it fun for me to talk about the food.” 

However, ultimately she wanted a job in her field.

Not being super fond of big cities, Abby was relieved when she didn’t have to move to NYC for an art job. Initially, she did not anticipate finding a role in the art field that suited her in her hometown. When she heard about “John’s new project” she was intrigued but had no idea what it was or what Maine Art Hill was. After contacting the gallery just seeking information, a visit turned into an interview which turned into a job offer and she said “Yes?” which later turned into a “YES!”

“I was excited by the gallery, and it’s vision as a whole but also how approachable, knowledgeable and kind everyone was who works here,” shares Abby. “I have had some horrible experiences with stuffy galleries and museums and would never want to work at one. I enjoy the fact that we can be professional and knowledgeable and still have a lot of fun. Joking around is fairly important for my daily well being.”

Abby is enjoying getting to see and live the phenomenon of people her age who can’t get wait to get out of Kennebunk after high school who soon return to realize this is a great place to be.

“In the future, I don’t have a list of things I want to see or do. I know I want to see and do things. I don’t plan too far ahead, but take opportunities that come along,” Abby laughs. “If there’s a random deal on a flight to somewhere, I’ll make it work. If a friend moves to some foreign country, I take the opportunity to go see them.” 

Eventually, she would like to find more permanently ties to Italy and is working on obtaining an EU passport since her mother’s family is from Greece. 

“I think Maine Art Hill in Venice should someday become a thing…”

Meet the Staff – Nate Rutter, Assistant Gallery Manager

Nate Rutter is the Assistant Gallery Manager at Maine Art Hill. He was hired in the spring of 2018 right when we were in the middle of all the new gallery spaces and our new branding.  Now that he has made it through a crazy summer season, and still wants to stay around, we thought we might tell you just a little bit more about him.

Nate was born in Evanston, Illinois, a small city block north of Chicago. From there his family moved to Barrington, but it wouldn’t be long before Maine became home.

“After visiting and vacationing in southern Maine our entire lives, my family made a permanent move close to where my mom grew up in Sanford,” shares Rutter.  

The rest, as they say, is history. Once Maine gets in your blood it is hard to move away. “Now I live in Kennebunkport, not far from the gallery, I’ll be trudging through the snow to get to work in January and February,” he laughs. “Expect to see me in my Bean Boots!”

Nate earned his degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in math, but education isn’t where he wanted to be. 

“My very first job was as a soccer referee. If I could do that again on a professional level that would be my dream job. Of course, only if my career as a professional soccer player doesn’t come to be,” laughs Nate. “In reality, I was a bartender and server most of my life. It is where my funny demeanor and winning personality come from,” he explains, with a twinkle in his eye.

With this kind of personality and math skills, Maine Art Hill was very lucky to snap up Nate when he was looking for a change. 

“We were talking with Meghan, over at the Green and Pink Tangerine about ideas for a position we were trying to fill,” says John Spain, owner of the galleries. “She was happy to put a good word in for her soon to be husband. Natalie did the first round, then a second interview with both Jessica and Natalie. Talk about double team. Then one more time, I Skyped with him while Trisha and I were still in Louisiana!”

Now Nate happily greets all of our art enthusiasts, shares knowledge and stories about the work and our artists, and manages the Wind Sculpture orders and inventory. Again, that math brain has worked out well. 

“I think it is cool that Meg connected us. It is a sweet story,’” Rutter says. “Plus now I get to work with some enjoyable people and work right across the street from my new wife!”

As much Nate loves his job (and his new wife), he also loves his guitar and a very interesting sport.

“I’ve always studied guitar and played for friends, family, and a few small crowds,” says Nate. “My other hobby is Disc Golf. Here I battle the winds and weather trying to drill drives and sink putts. I also enjoy stories and immersing myself into others work, be it books, art, music, video games, whatever.”

Nate’s family is still close by and a big part of his world.

“I love my family and will support them all through trials and tribulations,” he says. “That goes for my blood relatives as well as my new family through marriage.”

Overall Nate is a creative person who loves to share ideas and expressions. He is a master problem solver and has been an excellent addition to the gallery. 

So, when you stop in to visit The Gallery, make sure to say hello to Nate. He has a wealth of information about all things Maine Art Hill, and if you happen to think of it, ask him about his new wife. Marriage and Meghan are two of his favorite topics.

A Letter from John – Real Men Wear Pink and The Pink Show

October 10, 2018

Dear Friends,

October first marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Real Men Wear Pink of Maine campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It also marked the beginning of my adventure for fundraising for this cause.

Even though the gallery is sponsoring the Pink Show to support this effort, I wanted to make sure this was a personal endeavor as well as a professional one. With the hope of raising $2500 through my friends and family, I began my facebook campaign.

As most of you know, I don’t stay still once the cold weather takes over, so this “Real Man of Maine” had to bring the Maine Initiative on the road. Sufficed to say, “the road” embraced my cause and then some.

I was immediately blown away by the support my friends and extended family gave by donating. What I wasn’t prepared for was the far-reaching hearts and wallets of so many of the travelers who have touched my life over the years.

Between shared stories in Texas, RV travelers from Connecticut and those near and dear in Maine, my goal of $2500 was reached and surpassed in just a few days. Of course, the effort needs to continue. So now what?

I have decided to set the bar even higher with my new personal goal of $5000.

Tomorrow,  Thursday, October 11,  is the opening day of The Pink Show on Maine Art Hill, but today is the official Real Men Wear Pink Day. To celebrate, I have decided to match any personal donations made today.

Yup, that is right. It’s time to put my money where my mouth is. Any personal donation made today, October 10, 2018, I will match up to $775 which with your help will bring me to $5000. You all have been so generous, and I need to do my part.

So here we go….

Check out the two links below to PLAY IT PINK.

Click here to make a personal matched in-kind donation directly to my Fundraising Page at Real Men Wear Pink Maine.

THE PINK SHOW OPENS TOMORROW…..

Click here to view the FIRST ANNUAL PINK SHOW and purchase a stunning piece of original art where Maine Art Hill and their artists will send 20% of the proceeds to the fundraising efforts.

Let’s do this thing!

John

 

Round Pond – Artist Insights from William B. Hoyt

We all have our spots, the places we love that hold pieces of our hearts that no matter how things progress and change, they remain our favorites. Round Pond is one of those places for the artist, William B. Hoyt.

Round Pond is a small, secure harbor, not a pond at all, on the west shore of Muscongus Sound, westward of the north end of Louds Island. The village of Round Pond is at the head of the harbor and a perfect place to visit on any trip to Maine.

From the Granite Hall Store to the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, there is much wandering to do. However, in true William B. Hoyt style, he prefers to stay close to the water.

Two of Hoyt’s pieces from his 2018 Solo Show, Double Enders and Round Pond Evening capture wonderful views of the harbor and celebrate a classic village in coastal Maine.  It is the quiet side of Maine many enjoy. To many, these may look like landscapes, but to Hoyt, they are memories.

“Round Pond is where Spenny, one of my best friends, kept his boat, Mist,” says Hoyt. “We sailed on her together for twenty-five years.” Twenty-five years of memories build on and around the waters near Round Pond have a way of reflecting in an artists’ work.

Seaweed and Red Lobsterboat Unloading are also scenes from Hoyt’s beloved Round Pond, but they show off a different side. These two feature the working harbor side of the village.

“This is a place I visit and revisit often. It’s a place of memories and stories,” shares Hoyt.  “It’s my one of my favorites.”

With a whirlwind success of the first week of this one-man show, two of the above pieces have already been sold and will be on their way to their new homes at the end of the show. Please note, there are still many lovely works from Hoyt available, including  Seaweed and Red Lobsterboat Unloading.

Come in before October 11 to see the show in its entirety. It is a do not miss. If you can’t make it,  please check out the 360 Virtual tour on our website. CLICK HERE FOR THE 360 TOUR

CLICK TO SEE OUR COMPLETE AVAILABLE WORKS OF WILLIAM B HOYT

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The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta – Insights from Artist William Hoyt

The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is a wooden boat race held in Brooklin, Maine.  Humble in its beginnings the race now boasts over one hundred and twenty-five boats. One of which artist William B. Hoyt was happy to crew.

Black Watch and Santana

Hoyt is no stranger to the sea or the sail. He spends a great deal of time off the coast and is always up for days on the water. As hard as he works as crew, know that his camera is never too far from reach.

“The Eggemoggin Reach Regatta is always a great day. It’s a celebration of wooden boats and Maine history,” explains Hoyt. “In this show, there are two paintings with views from my perch on Raven 24 during the race. It was an amazing day to be out on the water.”

Both Approaching Windward Mark and Blackwatch and Santana are works in Hoyt’s 2018 Solo Show. They each show intense moments captured during the race. 

“We were just a tiny boat among giants, says Hoyt, “but it was so much fun. Watching the skill and stamina of these vessels as they compete is a rush.”

Hoyt’s love of sailing and all things ocean is seen often in his work. It is the highest compliment to transfer memories to canvas with paint, and Hoyt ’s understanding and respect of the sea show in his detail. Often called “photographic” in style his works are amazing.

The Eggemogin Reach Regatta is now co-hosted by Brooklin Boatyard and Rockport Marine. Organizer of the race first envisioned it as an opportunity for wooden boat owners to get to together and enjoy each other’s company as well as a bit of friendly competition. 

For more details, please visit their website. erregatta.com

Click here to see our entire collection of paintings from William B. Hoyt.

Click here to read more Artist Insights from Hoyt.

Pop Up Artist Jeff Fioravanti

Featured Artist, Jeff Fioravanti is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, September 18 through Monday, September 24. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

September 18 to September 24

“Painting today, to preserve the past, for tomorrow!” This is my mission, it is my inspiration. It is what drives me to create pieces of tangible art. Art designed not just showcase the deep, physical beauty of our country, but art that tells the story of America itself, her people, their struggles, and triumphs. What I often call Painting the Soul of America.

When I stand or walk upon the great earth that is our nation, I am forever scanning the horizon, scanning how best to read and render the majestic landscape. From its’ swaying grass, sturdy trees, flowing rivers, translucent brooks and streams to how to catch the constant give and take between land and sea. The complex and the simplicity of color dancing across the countryside and the breathtaking vistas kissed and embraced by the sun are awe-inspiring unto themselves. Yet I find they become truly rich and magical, alive, when the extraordinary stories of our nation are intertwined with the natural beauty of these magnificent lands.

Though I work in other mediums, including oils and watercolor, it is pastels that are my medium of choice for the majority of my finished work. They are pure, immediate, and luminous, all important components in my interaction with and interpretation of the American landscape. They are durable and offer great flexibility, which I find, allows me the freedom to express and apply a wide range of techniques, necessary to capture the power and strength of the treasured lands, shores, and properties of our country.

Although many of my earlier pastels were created using Canson Mi-Teintes paper, today I find myself using more and more, the papers produced by Kitty Wallis. I often wash them with burnt sienna gouache or with an alcohol pastel wash. I am always looking for other substrates on which to create.

I tend to be blue-green sensitive. Toning or using toned papers that complement my senses really help to make the colors pop. I also find that the Wallis, Art Spectrum, UART and similar papers allow me a more natural feel to each composition. I use less blending of the pastels with my fingers, or other implements, which allows more of the pastels themselves to interact and blend with each other via multiple applied layers. I have also recently experimented with watercolor board and toned canvas, among other supports for my artwork.

My art, my focus, and my passion are my mission. Painting today to preserve the past for tomorrow. I am dedicated to giving a voice, a connection, a link, to those who no longer can speak, but whose spirit forever lives in the bosom of the plants, fields, and waters of our nation.

Fioravanti will be showing his work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from September 18 to September 24. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Jeff Fioravanti and his work, follow this link to his website. www.fioravantifineart.com

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Intuition Takes Over – Artist Insights from John LeCours

“I am an intuitive painter,” says artist John LeCours. “I have a lot of training, but at a certain point I need to put all that aside and grab what is around me and start making marks.”

After the Storm

LeCours joined Maine Art Hill last fall with a fabulously successful kick off show. Since then he has displayed his work at The Gallery at 14 Western Ave. Right now, we are excited to have him as one of three featured artists at Shows on Maine Art Hill, the gallery at 5 Chase Hill Road.

LeCours has a very distinctive style. Using oil paint and a graphite stick he creates one of a kind classic landscapes that are capturing attention daily. Of course with this new popularity comes the inevitable question, how does he do it?

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A few years ago, after a few months of prodding, LeCours caved and joined fellow artist Peggy Murray in a plein air session. It had taken Murray quite a bit of time to convince LeCours to change it up and come “paint outside.” She took him to Four Tree Island in Portsmouth which, by the way, is still one of his favorite places to paint.

Portsmouth Harbor, Four Tree Island View

“I admit to becoming a bit stale in the studio. I needed a change. I brought a 10×20 canvas with me and was throwing paint around, scratching with my palette knife, and using some pencil marks,” explains LeCours. “I don’t know what was getting into me. I don’t remember learning this. I believe I picked up bits and pieces from different teachers, but I was combining some weird things. I just said… ‘Why not?’”

At one point during this day, a man and his daughter stopped to talk and later inquired about purchasing the piece. This interest caused LeCours to take pause, especially once he returned to his studio and compared this work to others.

Piscataqua Buoy

“I had just finished this plein air sketch in an hour. Compared to my studio work that I had spent hours on, it just blew them away. There was no comparison,” says LeCours. “The plein air work had more energy, more vitality. It was more real than the studio work. Because it had come from a three-dimensional world and I was reacting to the elements, even the wind, it had more life. It had all fed into my creativity.”

To this day, for LeCours this is still the best way to paint. To be outside in the elements and to react. He lets those marks respond authentically. He still takes work back to the studio and adds layers, but often he finishes the entire piece outside.

Harbor Lights

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John LeCours is one of three artists with featured work at Shows on Maine Art Hill. This show runs through September 20. We are proud to represent LeCours and always have a collection of his work between all four of our gallery spaces.

Please stop by for a visit or see his work online by clicking this link. John LeCours – Artist Page

To read more from John LeCours click here – Artist Insights – John LeCours

Discovering the Landscape – Insights from Artist Ingunn Joergensen

Artist Ingunn Joergensen has a very distinct style and often a different subject matter. For her summer show at Maine Art Hill, she wanted to do something a little more.

“In this show, I have explored different landscapes, a subject matter I have not visited in a while,” says Joergensen.

With the new landscapes also come a pop of color of which even Mother Nature would approve. The peaceful and serene scapes hold swatches of purples and golds and blues that grab the eye and hold interest.

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“Color. It is truly is how I see many things, not so much in shapes or lines but in patches,” says Joergensen. “This may come as a surprise to many, as I am known for a somewhat neutral palette in my work.”

As someone who spends much of her time outside, landscapes were a natural choice. This spring and summer Joergensen spent many hours alongside the Kennebunk River observing the constant change of colors. 

Quiet by the River Kennebunk River Sketch 2

“I watched how deep indigo turns into a rich turquoise or the brightest of blue fades into a soft purple,” she says. “I have so many favorite spots right here in my immediate surroundings, whether it is the woods, rivers, marshes or by the ocean, it is here.”

Even though Joergensen does not strive to recreate the landscape in a photo correct way, she certainly captures it. 

“Instead of photorealism, I rather focus on the emotion the landscape brings out, the transparency or translucency of it,” she says. “I try to recreate my impressions in a simple, and hopefully to the viewer, peaceful and contemplative way.”   

For those of you who love Joergensen’s Barn Series, have no fear. In the show, there are several small works from her Barn Series. There are also a few more significant pieces in other galleries on Maine Art Hill. 

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“I could not entirely let go of my passion for barns in this show,” shares Joergensen. “To me, they are more of a shelter or a homestead safely rooted or grounded. A sense of belonging to something deeper.”

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Artist Insights – Ingunn Joergensen

Come to Kennebunk and visit Maine Art Hill. Many of our galleries are open year round, and Joergensen’s work can always be found at our main gallery. Her 2018 Summer Show will run through September 20 at Shows on Maine Art Hill, 10 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk. Open every day 10-5.