When your business is called Maine Art, people come looking for images captured not only in the spirit of Maine but often times in the places of Maine. The three artists currently featured at Maine Art Shows do just that.
Philip Frey, who lives and paints on the midcoast of Maine, views his home through a lens of abstract realism. His works are of places and things we know and love, but his loose strokes and beautiful blocking create works even Mother Nature can love.
His landscapes represent the forest and the mountains, the sea and the fields. Each holds a memory of a vacation once spent or a childhood never forgotten. They are the places we will visit soon enough or sometimes they are the view from our window. Frey captures Maine as he sees it; his home.
With Ellen Granter, we move to the shore. Granter has a family home on Goose Rocks Beach, practically right next door to Maine Art’s galleries. It is where her mother and father call home, where her brothers and sisters gather in the summer, and where aunts and uncles and cousins congregate. Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are visited often and Ellen finds her solitude in the harbors here.
The peace and quiet in these pieces are similar to the tranquility found in the landscapes and bird works that Granter has produced in the past. They show a side of the coast that is separate from the hustle and bustle of town and village. The beauty of the moored sailboat, the docked dingy, or the floating dory are landscapes of our area many take for granted until we are reminded of what a true part of our culture they are.
Our last view of Maine is a different side of coastal life – the marsh. Margaret Gerding lives on the marsh in Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport. Through her studio windows, she watches the light change and often drops everything to go “be” in it. No matter the time of day, the magic of the marsh is a painter’s paradise.
Margaret loves to paint outside and is often found in the “secret” places of the coast with either her sketch pad or easel or both. Occasionally, you will even find her teaching. Now that she calls Maine her home, her art classes take place here.
So no matter what side of Maine you are looking for, you will find it here at Maine Art Shows up on Chase Hill. This Three Artists, Three Rooms show will run through Labor Day. We are open from 11-5 every day. Come visit or check us out online. Click here for the virtual 360-degree tour – it is the next best thing to being here.