Donna D’Aquino – Change is Good

With so much going on in the lives of our artists, we need to keep you up to date on what they are doing. They each have many balls to juggle and are always doing great new work.

For artist Donna D’Aquino this is so true.

“There certainly have been some twists and turns in my life this year,” says D’Aquino. “I left my beloved home in the western Maine mountains earlier this year and landed temporarily with family outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Then in September, I had another change of home and scenery to Loveland, Colorado.”

Here D’Aquino joined a beautiful environment of artists, Artworks Loveland. This is home to about thirty studios with a mission to bring mid-career contemporary artists to Loveland. 

“The application process was quite selective, so I am pleased to have been accepted,” shares D’Aquino. “I am super excited and quite nervous about more changes, but if you do not take a step, you never know.”

With all that said, we still consider D’Aquino a Maine artist in every sense of the word. Once you have Maine in your blood, it doesn’t just go away. 

“My hope and plan for the new studio environment are to be able to have the time, resources, and space to create the larger pieces I have been dreaming about for so long,” explains D’Aquino. “Loveland is home to the largest concentration of sculptors in the country. My new studio’s space includes a ‘Creator Space,’ which is filled with all kinds of tools and technology available to the studio artists 24/7 at no cost to us. This is an incredible thing!”

With that said, we are looking forward to some fantastic works from Donna D’Aquino’s first winter in out west. Be sure to add your name to our mailing list to receive updates on new work from all of our artists.

To see our present collection of D’Aquino’s work, click the link below. 

 Donna D’Aquino – Artist Page

To read more stories and insights from Donna D’Aquino click the link below. 

Donna D’Aquino – Artist Stories and Insights

Diane Carten Lynch – Pottery Pop Up Nov. 2 to Dec. 2

Diane Carten Lynch is an artist from Stratford, Connecticut and Granite Point, Maine. Her work is part of a two-person show at Pop Up from November 2 – Dec 2 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 2 from 4-6 pm. Pop Up is part of Studios on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk.

“As an artist and art therapist, my ceramic work is a meld of both form and function. While my work may be viewed as sculptural, it is also functional, inviting the artist and the observer to take a second look. A sculptural ‘vessel’ can be teasingly functional and a surprise to the observer. A ‘functional’ piece asserts itself as an unexpected art object. In this way, the work encourages a dialogue between artist and observer, often inviting a tactile interaction. I do not approach the clay with a preconceived idea. Rather, the clay reveals to me what form it wishes to assume. Clay is folded, torn, draped and textured with glazes applied in multiple layers to create depth. As a result, the pieces challenge the observer to consider their purpose and the objective of the clay. What is static and ‘who’ is fluid? Are the works Art or Function? As an artist, my challenge is to invite the viewer to engage in a visual and emotional exchange that is ever-changing.

What I create is a reflection of who I am. My creative journey has taken me down many paths… and what you see is an album of my travels.

I first visited Maine as a child in a family of skiers. I’ve always lived near the water and started summering at Granite Point in 1987 with my children. That continues even as my family has grown and moved. My wish now is to retire to the Coast I’ve always loved and which continues to give me such inspiration as an artist.”

Diane Carten Lynch’s work will be part of a two-person show at Pop Up from November 2 – December 2 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 2 from 4-6 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 her life and her work.

Richard P. Winslow – Pottery Pop Up Nov. 2 – Dec. 2

Richard P. Winslow’s work is part of a two person show at Pop Up from November 2 – Dec 2 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 2 from 4-6 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 belongs 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 of a two-person show at Pop Up from November 2 – December 2 with an Artist Reception on Saturday, November 2 from 4-6 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 – Taylor Grant

Taylor Grant has just finished her second summer season with us here on Maine Art Hill. She was first hired as a part-time framer to help out Louann McDonald our Fine Art Prints and Framing gallery. Little did we know how invaluable she would soon become.

Taylor was born in raised in Lyman, Maine just a few short miles from Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. She graduated from Maine College of Art, in Portland in 2015 with a BFA in Illustration.

“In college, I really dove into comic arts and character design,” explains Taylor. “I also got my start doing T-shirt and sticker design at this time.”

While her hope is to make a comfortable living as a freelance illustrator, she is a crazy good sales associate as well as a quality framer and has quickly become quite valuable to us here at Maine Art Hill.

“Maine Art is close to home, and I’ve enjoyed working as a framer in the past,” shares Taylor. “My work here at the gallery is more varied, but I have also learned a great deal from the day to day creation and design with Louann.”

In her free time, Taylor is often found in the garden but loves to get out into the great outdoors for camping and stargazing. 

“My future plans are to become a digital nomad. This way I can blend my work with my love of camping. I enjoy just existing in nature, whether it be out in my garden or in the middle of the woods somewhere,” says Taylor. “I am also a recreational learner. I like to know how things work, from quantum particles to quasars, so I do quite a bit of reading.”

Taylor’s “holy crap I can’t believe I just climbed that mountain” face

When asked what three important traits are to know about her, she replies, “I’m a perfectionist, a hopeless romantic, and I’m always striving to learn new things.”

It sounds like the perfect addition to a great team.

Artist Ryan Kohler – Introduction and Insights

Ryan Kohler is a young local artist who recently joined Maine Art Hill.  He has several pieces at The Gallery on Western Ave and has already sold. Check out his Artist Page to see all of his available work or come in for a visit. We are open at 10 am every day. 

As with all new artists, we love to take a few minutes to share a bit about them. It is important to us for our clients and visitor to have insight into an artist when you are viewing their work.

Insights from Artist Ryan Kohler

“I always say that I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon.  Luckily, my parents and grandparents were always super encouraging about my interest in art.  They even let me paint right on my bedroom walls and ceilings,” shares Kohler.  “Growing up, I used to try and replicate my favorite album covers and t-shirts.  It taught me a lot about design and laid the groundwork for some pretty cool paintings later on.”

Kohler has a BA in Art with a concentration in drawing from the University of Maine at Augusta. Throughout his college years, many mediums were practiced but one continually came out ahead.

“While studying for my art degree, I was subjected to all sorts of torturous experimentations with various mediums,” Kohler jokes.  “I knew that whatever avenue I chose to pursue in art, drawing would still be a relevant skill, so I took just about every art class there was, sometimes unwillingly, but painting was always my favorite.”

If painting was his preferred outlet, acrylic was his first love. He grew up painting in acrylic and used it for most of his college work.

“Acrylic has its charms, but my favorite painters were always working in oils.  It wasn’t long before I taught myself to work in oils.  I consider myself pretty handy with both mediums now, but I’ve recently discovered a great way to combine them,” shares Kohler. 

The first layer or two of his current work is acrylic.  He works quickly and easily. It comes naturally.  Once the painting is in a “good place”,  he switches to oils and continues building texture, adding and removing loosely applied layers of color before finally defining focal points of the painting with crisp, graphic lines. The end result being something different and interesting.

When it comes to inspiration, Kohler is more of a classic.

“I actively seek inspiration.  I do not wait for a ‘divine visionary moment’ or anything like that.  Just plain old research,” says Kohler.  “I’m constantly seeking out new favorite artists, looking for new subjects to paint, or aimlessly driving and walking around hunting for what excites me.”

Lastly, we wanted to share a bit of insight as to how Kohler himself views art and how to process his own work.

“Everyone steps to a painting with their own approach, but initially, I like to view a painting as an abstract work first. I look at the composition, paint texture, general shapes and colors, and temperature first before inspecting the recognizable imagery,” explains Kohler. “I want the viewer to see my work as a precarious mix of careful observation and spontaneous mark-making. My painting seems to work best when I can find the most entertaining ratio of the two.”

However, it is this last piece of advice for anyone coming to see his work that may be the most beneficial.

“If it matches the couch, great.  It’s not that art isn’t allowed to match the furniture,” says Kohler. “However, f you’re that worried about it, get a new damn couch.  Either way, be sure the most important question is being asked.  ‘Does the painting bring you joy?’”

The Pink Show and Hope on the Hill – Insights and Details

John Spain, the owner of Maine Art Hill, has once again been selected to be one of only nine candidates taking part in the Real Men Wear Pink of Maine campaign. This campaign gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. 

Real Men Wear Pink is an opportunity and an honor for Spain. Cancer has touched his world personally. Also, many of Maine Art Hill’s employees and artists have fought with this disease, either individually or alongside family members.

“The fact that I am in a position to help focus awareness and offer support to our local community is overwhelming and impossible to resist,” says Spain. “This is everyone’s disease, be it a survivor who continues to fight every day, or someone who battled bravely but lost the fight. My job in this is easy, working to make the job of others that much easier.”

Maine Art Hill is supporting its owner in this endeavor in a variety of ways. The 2nd Annual Pink Show fills the Pop-Up Gallery from October 1 to October 31. Over twenty Maine Art Hill artists are participating in this show, in addition to giving 10% of their proceeds back to Spain’s campaign. The gallery will match that 10%, making 20% of each sale impacting the fight.  

Ellen Welch Granter, a participating artist for the second year and a survivor herself shares this about Solace, her piece for this show. “Even though the stupid relentless war goes on full-time until we beat this, Solace is a gentle refuge. It is a reminder in bursts of pink that we don’t have to battle every day.” Granter knows first hand the benefit of rest, of taking a moment to find beauty around you, and just being. This is what this show is all about.

In conjunction with the gallery and Spain’s fundraising effort, Maine Art Hill is hosting Hope on the Hill, an Artist Reception and Celebration Saturday, October 12 from 5 to 7 pm, at Studios at 5 Chase Hill Road. Many of the artists are attending and are excited to share this evening with the community. Hope on the Hill is a ticketed event with 100% of the $35 ticket going back to the campaign. This is possible by local businesses partnering for this purpose. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS. There will be light bites from select Kennebunk Resort Collection chefs, Suga Suga Portland, and Shannon Bard Catering; cocktails and wine from Cellardoor Winery Maine and Maine Craft Distilling; and music from Lisa Mills and the Blue Notes. 

Another artist, Charles Bluett shares, “I am so lucky and blessed to be able to paint and bring joy to others. There is no better way to show appreciation than being able to do what I do to support causes. So many need support and funding to help when life casts a shadow over them.” After having gone through cancer with his dear wife, it is a cause close to Bluett’s heart. “I know every cent counts towards battling this terrible disease.”

The complete show may be viewed virtually by clicking here. Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. FMI call 207-204-2042 or [email protected] Be on the lookout for Spain’s alter ego, Real Man, around the area and learn more about the show and the cause on Maine Art’s Facebook page.

DONATE TO REAL MEN WEAR PINK

SEE THE PINK SHOW VIRTUALLY

BUY TICKETS TO THE PARTY

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Susan Bennett, Claire Bigbee, Charles Bluett, Lucie Boucher & Bernie Huebner, Donna D’Aquino, Alex Dunwoodie, Elizabeth Ostrander, Kathy Ostrander Roberts, Margaret Gerding, Ellen Welch Granter, Rick Hamilton, Liz Hoag, Julie Houck, William B. Hoyt, Ingunn Joergenson, John LeCours, Karen McManus, Craig Mooney, Janis Sanders, Jill Valliere, Bethany Harper Williams, Richard Winslow, David Witbeck, and Wade Zahares

HOPE ON THE HILL – Artists Reception and Fundraiser

HOPE ON THE HILL

ARTISTs RECEPTION for THE PINK SHOW 2019

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

 POP-UP ON MAINE ART HILL
 October 12
5pm – 7pm
5 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Celebrating Hope

Maine Art Hill is happy to host this fundraising event in conjunction with The American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

Come eat, drink and be merry with many of our artists and share in this celebration of hope and life.  We are surrounding ourselves with local vendors who have come together with us to make a difference.

HUGE THANK YOUS

Lisa Mills & The Blue Notes

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

To read more about The Pink Show visit our blog. THE PINK SHOW

 

 

 

Pop Up Artist Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians

Featured Artist, Valerie McCaffrey of Garden Guardians is the guest artist for Pop Up beginning Tuesday, September 24  through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about her inspiration, her process, and her work.

September 24 – September 30

There was always something about concrete that intrigued me.  It is a material that is both malleable and stone-like. You can easily mix it up your self and it can be around for centuries.  Think of the colosseum!  From the very start, I felt a real affinity for concrete and it has been my primary artistic medium for over 15 years. It was the perfect medium to develop the images and drawings that were trapped inside the pages of my art journals.  Concrete helped bring those images out into the “real world” where Garden Guardians was born.

I create unique hand-carved and molded concrete creations. My planters, sculptures, and plaques are designed to celebrate, attract and remind us all of our natural state of joy and wonder. I recently started working on a new line of 2-dimensional wall reliefs and  I am excited to debut them at Maine Art Hill in September.  Hope to see you there.

McCaffrey will be showing her work at Pop Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from September 24 – 30. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about McCaffrey and her work, follow this link to her website. Garden Guardians

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Pop-Up Artist Zeraph Dylan Moore

Featured Artist, Zeraph Dylan Moore is a returning guest artist for Pop-Up beginning Tuesday, September 24 through Monday, September 30. Read on to learn more about his inspiration, his process, and his work.

September 24 to September 30

My artwork emulates industrial decay, archaeological artifacts, and processes of geologic change. As a child and teenager, I loved building things out of abandoned materials and exploring ruined houses and strange, forgotten places. I loved old things, deeply worn with texture and meaning.

In the past several years, I’ve become disabled with a chronic illness called CFS-ME. I no longer explore a lot of abandoned buildings and am mostly housebound. Much of my work is created in bed. For this reason, working at a small size – usually just 5” x 5” – is ideal.

My artwork has been represented in many private collections throughout Maine and the world since I was 16 years old.

Moore will be showing his work at Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill at 5 Chase Hill Rd. in Kennebunk from June 12 to June 18. The gallery is open every day at 10 am. For more info about Moore and his work, follow this link to his website Grind Studio

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