Summer is the perfect time to soak in art and support the local artists and artisans who carry on the tradition of fine art in York County.
On Friday, July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., hit the Art Trail. The public is invited to take free, self-guided tours of our local art galleries, studios and organizations in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. Participating galleries include Sally Caldwell Fisher Pop-Up Gallery, Blue Whale Trading Company, The Center, Sue Rioux Designs, Lively Accents, Maine ArtGallery, Phosart Photography, JAK Designs, Art Guild of the Kennebunks -"Exploring Creative Expression..., Wendy Webster Good Fine Art, Rusty Fly Gallery & Gift, Landmark Gallery, Chris Becker Photo Gallery, Kennebunk Free Library, Brick Store Museum, The Art CO-OP, Kelly Jo Shows - Fear No Art, Wade Zahares Gallery, Arundel Farm Gallery and The Wright Gallery. For more information, call The Chamber at 967-0857 or visit gokennebunks.com.
Make a special stop at The Center on the Village Art Walk and you will be delighted with the talent of member artists. They have recreated ocean and river landscapes, delicate florals, portraits in modern styles, and more. Their instructor Liz Damon Armstrong says they are passionate about their work and are as accomplished as gallery artists. Refreshments served from 5 to 7 p.m.
At The Brick Store Museum’s contemporary Bauman Family Gallery is presenting its July exhibition, “Painting the Light in Maine,” by Kittery-based artist Kenneth Fellows. The show will run from July 12 through Aug. 4. Works by Fellows are in watercolor, and surprise visitors to the exhibit with clean lines and vivid colors. Scenes range from landscapes to still lifes, to travel-inspired work, both large and small. The museum is located at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk.
On Tuesday, July 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be an artists' reception for the "Open Studio Painters" exhibit at the Kennebunk Free Library at 112 Main St. The “Open Studio Painters” is on exhibit for the month of July and features the works of Mary Barrett, Ruthie Clark, Cheryl Dahn, Susan Gilbey, Norma Johnsen, Sara Ostrov and Ellen Pelletier.
Also on July 16, The Totally Tuesday Talks series at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art continues with Libby Bischof who explores American society through the lens of history––and the lens of a camera. A 19th century American cultural historian, Bischof specializes in the history of photography, particularly in Maine. Her research includes Maine history, modernism, New England women writers and the “Lost Generation” and Ogunquit art colony. The program begins at 5 p.m. with a reception with light refreshments followed by the lecture beginning at 6 p.m.
If you are not able to take part in a special event, take time this summer to browse the art galleries and artisan studios and perhaps find the treasure of a lifetime.