Break Through – Jill Valliere

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Jill Valliere | Break Through | Plaster, Metal Leaf and Glaze | 30″ X 30″   $4500

When asked about, “Break Through,” her piece for Maine. As they see it., Jill shares a story with friends and hiking in Reed State Park. “We came upon this clearing in the trees. It gave us a lovely sneak peek of our ultimate destination.” Jill celebrates Maine with the eye of a local capturing the true beauty of the seasons; the true beauty of this state we call our home.  Each painting holds a time and place that is a part of her.  Even if you are new to her work, she pulls you in and makes you feel present.  Each piece is somewhere you have been. We have all traveled the snow-covered hills of “Down Time” and rolled in the ripples of colored leaves in “All Aglow”.  The titles of her work carry us to that time. “Fields of Shadow” and “Sheltered Cove” among them, bring back memories of the days spent enveloped in a place we don’t always know enough to appreciate.

“The title ‘Break Through’ has a double meaning for me,” says Valliere.  “One is the literal feeling of breaking through the brush to glimpse an incredible place I am heading towards.  The second, more figurative meaning, is the feeling I have when an idea I’ve been pondering suddenly becomes clear, and I finally see where that idea is going to take me.”  No matter if she is in her studio at her home in Rockland, on a back trail hiking with her two – yes two – Great Danes, or with her husband at her quiet little lake house in southern Maine, Jill brings you along for the ride.  She speaks in stories, and her love of life is genuine. She is passionate about her work and invites her audience to be a part of it. She forces us to take a conscious and deep breath and celebrate the fact that we live here.

You can see “Break Through” at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road or in the online show at Maine. As they see it.  Jill also has an extensive collection of work at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk. Feel free to visit her Artist Page to view these, as well.

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On the Waterfront – William B. Hoyt

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William B. Hoyt | On the Waterfront | Oil | 23″ X 47″ | $18500

William B. Hoyt is known for his classic portrayal of life in New England. The real-life people and places he comes in contact with are often reincarnated in paint. Be it a perfect beach day in “Jousting,” the clean lines of a sailboat venturing out for the day in “Herreshoff 12 1/2,” or the simplicity of a pot on the stove in “Topside Galley,” Hoyt brings his world to us in detail and color.

When William was asked to create a personal reflection of ‘his Maine’ for Maine. As they see it., of course there was a memory to walk with him through the process. “On the Waterfront” began with a story from the small town of Stonington, Maine. “My wife and I were up in Brooklin staying with friends while one of them attended a marine canvas sewing workshop at the Wooden Boat School. That left three of us to prowl around and explore during the class. We went by boat down to Stonington, tied up at the town dock, and wandered the streets.”

To be able to see though William Hoyt’s eyes as he wanders would be a day well spent. Maine is all about the senses, and he uses them all. “It was a perfect September day, and the sight of laundry run out on a line over a deshabille dock got me,” remembers Hoyt. “The former shops used to serve the area back when most goods arrived by boat, before good roads and bridges. Now used by a lobsterman to store paraphernalia, I caught myself reflected in the window with pot warp and buoys.” After taking a moment to look closer, you will find this reflection.  One of the many wonders of Hoyt’s paintings is the tiny facets that are found each time you stand in front of his work. Time and close inspection bring amazing discovery.

For those of us that grew up here,  we know this scene could be one of so many Maine coastal towns. Fishing and lobstering are still thriving, but not all are the tourist destinations usually seen depicted in magazines and postcards. “Stonington still serves an archipelago with goods and services that peak in summer months and subside after Labor Day.”

One day to visit Maine just isn’t enough.  Working a path up the coast could take a traveler weeks, or even the whole summer, and still all would not be seen. This is why we welcome you to come and visit Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk, and get a look inside some of the best of Maine, all in one place.

Maine. As they see it will run until August 6th.  Maine Art Shows is open everyday from 11-5. Come in.  It is a wonderful way to see Maine.

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Red House and Pink Cloud II – Abbie Williams and Monhegan Island

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Abbie Williams | Red House, Pink Cloud II | Oil on Linen | 30″ X 40″ $4300

It is dirt roads and no cars, cagey cliffs and quiet paths, fir trees and fairy houses. It is twelve miles of hidden trails wound around one mile of island. It is quiet beauty, living colors, and one of Abbie Williams’ favorite places.

Monhegan Island is a sanctuary for many artists. All who travel here are looking for one thing; solitude. Artists seek out the peace and natural surroundings of Maine unspoiled, and Abbie has been lucky enough to find it on this little island in Maine.

“One of the amazing parts of being able to stay on Monhegan Island for a period of time is seeing how the light changes day to day, from the early morning to the late afternoon,” says Williams. “The skies around the island are intriguing, magical, ethereal. Beyond description.” So, if she can’t describe it with words, she must paint, and that is how Red House and Pink Cloud II came to be.  “This orange and pink cloud behind the red house created such an exciting response in me, I couldn’t help but paint it.”

It is this passion, this love, that Abbie has for her surroundings that is revealed in each canvas. Works like Lone Pine and Winter Moon breathe with the life she infuses in her work. Standing in front these paintings, one is transported and sitting on the edge of the scenery taking in the world that is Abbie Williams.

Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture has the pleasure of housing a wonderful collection Abbie Williams’ work.  If you would like to see more, please visit at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk or visit her Artist Page on-line.

Maine. As they see it., will be open at Maine Art Shows everyday from 11-5. Please come in and check out this wonderful new show highlighting our state through the eyes of some of the most talented artists in the area. You can also view the show on-line at Maine. As they see it.

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Maine. As they see it. Opens

The day a show opens is always an exciting time.  The gallery, as well as the artists, are filled with anticipation.  Of course selling a piece of work is the hope of all, but there is also the worry of having a “successful” opening night.  Can we fill the gallery? Will people enjoy the work? Will all the planning and preparation pay off? In the case of the opening of Maine. As they see it…. Yes. Yes. And, yes.

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There was not a parking spot to be had at 10 Chase Hill Road last night.  All three rooms were full to capacity, food and drink flowed perfectly next to the buzz of brush strokes and beauty, and over a dozen artists discussed their inspiration and shared their thoughts and ideas with art buyers and each other. This is success.

One buyer spent most of the evening trying to decide between two paintings, both were just as much a part of his Maine experience as the artists’. We, as a gallery, love it when this common connection happens. So many people were congregated in one space to celebrate the impact this state has on those of us that have been lucky enough to experience it. Maine just has that way. It creeps into you and forever becomes part of who you are, and our artists captured it perfectly. This is success.

As the night closed, and the gallery again grew quite, John Spain, owner of Maine Art Shows, had a moment to reflect on the evening. “There was an incredible energy in the gallery, with artists, staff and friends enjoying this remarkable show, ” said Spain. “Since opening the gallery in 1994, we have done well over 100 receptions.  I am not sure that we have ever had a one as busy as last night’s gathering.” This is success.

Near the end of the evening a short conversation was had with Kim Case, one of the artists. “When I was little I used to come here, back when it was the Gallery on Chase Hill. I dreamed of having my work on these walls,” said the creator of “Island Line”.  The smile on her face, as she looked around the room, said it all.  Maine, As they see it., is, by every definition, a success.

If you didn’t have a chance to come by the opening last night, please accept this as your personal invitation to come and visit.  We are open from 11 – 5 every day. If you are far away and want to have a chance to experience this show, visit the on-line show at Maine. As they see it.  The show will run until August 6. Don’t miss it.

Many of the artists in this show also have additional pieces at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture down at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk.  You are always welcome to stop in, and the staff is more than happy to show you around.

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Maine. As they see it. – July 18th to August 6th

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In 2013, Maine Art Shows introduced Maine. As they see it., a show comprised of artists with strong Maine connections. It was a show like no other, revealing Maine through the eyes of some of the most accomplished artists in the area. Now, after two years and a great appeal to do it again, we are happy to announce Maine. As they see it., 2015. “Each painting is a reflection of the artists’ relationship with Maine,” says Amy Lewia, Gallery Director of Maine Art Shows and Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture.

If you are from Maine, or even if you have only visited, you understand the concept of having a “relationship” with the state. It is hard not to feel a special connection, even if you are just vacationing. “It is not a show of lighthouses and lobster pots,” say John Spain, owner of the gallery. “It is very clear from this body of work that each artist has their own unique connection to the state.” It is also very clear that the inspiration Maine provides is second only to the talent that has captured it.

“We have had contact with each artist over the years. We know their work and invited them to join us. We only asked them to provide us with one quintessential piece of work,” says Spain. Of the thirty-one artists, only eighteen are Maine Art artists. There are thirteen others that were invited to participate in this unique show, even though the gallery does not currently represent them. “Some of the participants Maine Art has represented in the past, and some have participated in prior shows with us,” say Lewia.

As artists stop in to visit and drop off their respective work, the excitement builds. Each piece is a “blockbuster” piece of work. When the collection comes together at Maine Art Shows, it will be simply outstanding. Maine. As they see it. will run at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk, for three weeks starting on July 18th. We welcome you to stop in and experience this work first-hand. As always, the show will also be available on-line at Maine. As they see it. starting Thursday, July 16th, and will run through August 6, the length of the show.

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We also welcome you to visit Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, or online at www.maine-art.com.

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Summer Celebrations – Philip Frey

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In Philip’s New Works show at Maine Art Shows in Kennebunk, there are a few pieces featuring children at play that connect to each other.  Inspired by time at the dock on Cranberry Island a few years ago, In the Moment, Double Cannon ball, Diver and Tandem celebrate summer the way Maine children have for decades… by simply playing outside.

We have all seen them – these ‘free-range’ children. Some of us were even lucky enough to have been one. They are the children who head out the door with bathing suits on underneath their clothes on a bicycle that used to belong to someone else.  They are the children who, when the first light of day breaks, “go play” until summoned home for a meal, or more likely, bed-time. They are the children of Maine.

Philip was able to spend countless hours watching this phenomenon during his Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency.  No iPads, no cell phones, no PlayStations. Just sunshine and summer. Capturing these moments on film, as well as in small studies, Frey found the magic.  Working en plein air is difficult. “There is an immediacy when painting outside,” says Frey. “My paintings sometimes begin with drawings, plein air oil sketches or photographs that become the basis of larger studio works. Exploring different subjects through a series of work allows me to investigate various color palettes, compositions and paint handling within those parameters.”

These pieces will be on display until July 16th at Maine Art Shows, 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.  As in all things, being there is the best way to take in the wonder that this work holds. However, they can be viewed in the on-line show at Philip Frey, New Works, or on his Artist Page on Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture’s website.

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Incidental Marks – Philip Frey

When speaking with Philip about this show, some specific pieces of work, and how he moves through the creation of his work, he paraphrased Jackson Pollack.  “It’s about the paint and the process, it’s not about the artist.” He may have been referring to something very specific, comparing his style to Pollack’s, but the phrasing rang true for Philip as an artist. For him, it is not about the end result or the name on the catalogue, it’s about watching the magic that happens with a brush stroke; creating movement with a sweep of color and bringing the canvas to life with a talent he knows he is fortunate to have.  As we interact more and more with Philip Frey’s collectors and friends, one theme rings true. Not only are they happy for the success of the show, but they are happy for the success of Philip, himself.  “He is a great man, as well as great artist.”

Many have also commented on the “change” in Philip’s work.  Frey attributes the strength and growth seen in his show, New Works, to time spent at the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency on Cranberry Island in 2012.  His residency was a few years ago, but it changed not only his final products, but his process. He comments on this during our interview.

One of the most remarkable changes is what Frey calls, “incidental marks.” These marks happen with the “throwing” of paint that might occur throughout the painting process to fold in texture, direction and a sense of spontaneity.  “It gives a sense of movement,” says Philip. “It’s a throwback to when I worked with watercolor.”  He refers to Japanese watercolor and calligraphy and the looseness of the brush.  Watch the video below to hear it from Philip himself.

If you haven’t had a chance to come by 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk to view Philip Frey’s New Works show, consider this an invitation.  The show will be on display until July 16th. He has additional pieces at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture at 14 Western Avenue in Kennebunk, as well. You can also see his work online by clicking the SHOWS link, as well as his entire collection on his Artist Page.

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Almost Full Disclosure – Philip Frey

To uncover the secrets and stories behind a piece of art is one thing; to discover the physical secrets hidden underneath the paint is quite another.

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Usually, for Philip Frey, the beginning of beautiful starts with venetian red.  A background color he washes on, rubs off, and then proceeds to hide beneath the layers of oil paint we see on the surface of his work. By the time his end result is achieved only wisps and fragments of the stunning color peek through, but this first step is an integral part of his process.

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This is not the only secret he conceals below the finish of his work. Recently Philip pulled out a series of abstract panels he created a while back. At the time he wasn’t satisfied with them.  These panels covered in Raymar linen held blocky abstracts of scenes captured in just a few moments.  In them Frey found inspiration for several of his smaller pieces that grace the walls at Maine Art Shows. By applying more detail, more color, more “Frey” he was able to create pieces like the one below.  Who knew covering up could expose such beauty.

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While visiting we were able to witness Philip “peel back” one of these painting. He shared some of the original panels similar to those he used in “Raining Clouds and Sun” and “Split” pictured above. The panels have to remain a secret, at least until his exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art next spring.  Yet we were lucky enough to listen to him walk through a bit of what happened as he developed quick studies into fabulous abstracts worthy of his New Works show. Below is a small video clip of Philip discussing this process with us.

This “painting behind the painting” is new for Frey. “I think of Philip as one of our most creative in terms of always trying to step outside of his boundaries to try new things. It is how we learn and how we expand our knowledge,” says John Spain, owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture.

There are so many secrets to discover when visiting with Philip Frey’s work.  We welcome you to come and find them out for yourself. The show is running until July 16th at Maine Art Shows at 10 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk, or virtually at Philip Frey, New Works.  Also, check out more of Philip’s work on his Artist Page at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture’s website.

Philip Frey: A Look Inside

On Saturday, June 27th, Philip Frey hosted the opening of his solo show, New Works, with Maine Art Shows. All three rooms of the gallery at 10 Chase Hill Road are filled with pieces Philip has created for this one-man show. This show will run until July 16th.

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Philip lives in Sullivan, Maine in a lovely little house nestled in the woods just off the beaten path.  His studio sits right next door with a short stone path connecting the two through the trees. He has surrounded himself with the solitude and woodsy beauty of Maine hidden minutes from the rugged coast of Acadia and Mount Desert Island.  He has found the best of both worlds.

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Over the years Frey has immersed himself in watercolor, acrylic, and oil; painting still life, figurative, and landscape. Yet the one constant throughout most of his work has been the inspiration Maine has given. Whether it’s the rough and rocky coastline or a group of young children celebrating summer on the dock, there is an outside presence of where we call home. It weaves its way through all medium and style to show off its charm and allure through Philip’s work.

Over the next few weeks we will offer ‘Behind the Scenes’ posts about Philip and his collection of work on Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture’s Blog. Individual paintings will be seen through his eyes and stories will be told through his voice as we take a closer look into the beautiful world of Philip Frey.

New Works will be at Maine Art Shows for the next three weeks.  They are open every day from 11-5.  If you can’t make it in for a visit, the online show. Philip also has more work on his Artist Page at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture or come into the gallery at 14 Western Avenue here in Kennebunk to see his complete collection.

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Philip Frey, New Works Opens

To begin with, “thank you” to all who came out for the opening of Philip Frey, New Works.  From eleven yesterday morning until seven o’clock in the evening we enjoyed the company of so many wonderful people.  Philip and the staff put in a long day at Maine Art Shows, but the time was well worth it. This was obvious when only an hour after opening a third of the pieces were boasting little red stickers. Philip Frey, New Works was an immediate success.

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During an opening it is always interesting to eavesdrop on an artist with new clients.  The passion and love for what they do is never as obvious as during these moments. With the quality and quantity of work in this show, Philip was kept busy answering questions and inquiries about particular pieces, as well as his process. Even discussions of place came into play. The love of Maine and her beautiful coast was shared by all who attended and often was the deciding factor in which piece to take home.  Appreciation for a painting grew ten fold when both artist and patron were able to share memories of a place so perfectly captured on canvas.

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Ten Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk is lucky enough to be the home for Philip’s new collection of work for the next three weeks.  Maine Art Shows is open from 11am – 5pm every day and will happily show you around. If you can’t make it in by July 16th, please visit the show on-line,  Philip Frey, New Works. Don’t forget Philip has additional work at Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture down on 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk, and on his Artist Page, as well.

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