Meet the Staff – John Spain, Owner of Maine Art

It may have started with musicals like Jesus Christ Super Star and Choral Camp at the University of Maine in Orono or a favorite teacher who guided his interests toward the art department, but it ended as the lead singer in a rock band and the owner of a successful gallery. That’s right, being the front man is nothing new for John Spain. Even though, it is more common to find the owner of Maine Art Paintings and Sculpture in jeans and a dress shirt, not black leather pants and a tank top, his love of music and the arts has never waivered.

Behind the Painting – Custom Stretchers from Brickyard Enterprises

Brickyard Enterprises is located in Ferrisburgh, Vermont in the beautiful Champlain Valley. They are a small company run by Mike Poskas and his wife, Ann. They are also live about a half mile from Rebecca Kinkead.

Mike and Rebecca’s husband, Jaime hunt together. Knowing Mike was on furrow from his job as a commercial airline pilot, Jamie tossed a very random idea his way.

“When Jamie asked about making stretchers for Rebecca’s canvases, Mike was all in,” says his wife, Ann. “Then he promptly came home and researched what a stretcher was and how to make one.”

First Lives – Susan Wahlrab

At a very young age Susan Wahlrab was expressing her own “important ideas”. “My grandmother said I came home from whatever event and went right for my drawing pad or my desk chalkboard and immediately created a visual diary of what most interested me,” says Wahlrab. “Making images has been my way of integrating life’s experiences since I was very smallI.” Having someone to nurture those interests and natural curiosities soon led Susan down the road to becoming an artist.