New Mural by Christopher Cart

In his own words...

"It has begun!  I am designing and will be painting a new mural for my home town of Hallowell, Maine.  This is going to be 38 x 30 feet on an exterior wall at the north entrance to town.  Chris Vallee has donated the north wall of his real estate building on Water Street.

The mural will tell the history of Hallowell from its founding in the mid 1700's onward.  Our town built ships, cut timber, carved granite from our hills for great buildings and monuments of the young nation and had a thriving mill industry, making everything from sandpaper to shoes - all this I will paint into our mural.  Important early settlers, key townspeople, stone carvers - all will find a place in the mural.

The wall will be a multifaceted scene of the many years interwoven into one design.

And we are building a future in the arts for Hallowell, so I will push the painting into the vision for our future as a mid Maine arts center.

We will start a crowd funding campaign to help fund the mural.  This will pay for materials and supplies and pay me for the many months of work involved.  I will be researching the key points of history, working with Sam Webber and other local historians.  I have begun the early stage of design and will be posting images as the project develops."

A Winter Road Trip 2018

Late January, we set off from Maine for a 2,700-mile road trip!  Our first destination was Columbus, Ohio where The Sharpe Gallery artist, Michael Guinane lives and works.  Michael gave us a tour of his studio and a short demonstration of his painting process.  While there, we went gallery hopping and sightseeing around Columbus.  One fascinating sculpture at the Columbus Convention Center was the "As We Are" human head by Matthew Mohr.  "It's a fourteen-foot, 3-D universal human head made from ribbons of ultra-bright, LED screens.  In the back of the neck is a photo booth capable of taking 3D pictures.  Once a visitor has their picture taken, they step out of the booth and their head is displayed on the giant head."

From Ohio, we drove to Kentucky to visit gallery customers and stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington.  I was particularly fond of the Endangered or Decaying Environments artwork by Marco Veronese and Fabiano Parisi.

Nashville was our next destination and as anyone who has been there can attest to, it's beyond description - so much to see, experience, and do!  You simply have to visit rather than read about it!  From there, we made a quick drive through Jack Daniel's home of Lynchburg.  Before arriving in Asheville, North Carolina, we drove through Chattanooga and stopped at Lookout Mountain and traveled through the breath-taking Smokey Mountains.

We started heading back north stopping in Richmond, Virginia for one night before our longer stay in Washington, DC where gallery customers/friends always welcome us with the utmost hospitality.  The only thing missing from this trip was more time to spend at each destination!  



Artwork – a terrific Christmas gift!

Something to enjoy throughout the entire year!

Our elves have been very busy this month!  If you know the type of artwork your loved-one enjoys, a painting is something they can adore throughout the entire year.  One man, who bought a Sandra Dunn painting, said, "My wife is going to be so excited thanks to you!"  I only wish I could see her face when she unwraps the gift.  She'll be able to view this painting for years to come and be reminded of the thoughtfulness of her loving husband.

November in London and Paris

Time to rest, relax, and celebrate a birthday!

November is a quiet month in Kennebunkport, Maine.  It's also my birthday month!  It's a perfect time, then, to take a break and celebrate!  I often go to London for my birthday, and this year was no different.  As in 2016, we celebrated by enjoying The Landmark Hotel's all-you-can-eat-and-drink champagne Sunday brunch!  Continuing the celebration, we jetted off to Paris the following weekend.  But of course, I can't travel without visiting an art gallery or museum.  Musee d'Orsay never disappoints.  And, finally, nothing beats a romantic evening walk along the Seine river to close out the birthday celebration.  Back to work...

As the season comes to a close…

Fall Approaches Us

The September pop-up group art exhibition was inspired by the colors of fall.  Many people don't want to see summer end, yet so many of us love the fall weather!  So, not only did I showcase art with autumn colors, but also incorporated works of art with a summery color palette.  At times, curating the show was a challenge as I attempted to place different styles and genres nearly side-by-side, but then I've never backed down from a challenge!  It was enjoyable and visually appealing.

Linda Murray Artist Reception

A Hommage to Zao Wou-Ki

During the winter and spring months, Linda Murray spent some time reading and learning about Zao Wou-Ki.  Murray visited the exhibition, "No Limits:  Zao Wou-Ki", several times during its showing at Colby College Museum of Art.  His abstract artwork inspired Linda to create "A Hommage to Zao Wou-Ki" for her solo art show.

Awarding Best of Show

It was an honor!

I had the pleasure of judging The Art Guild of the Kennebunk's August art show.  It was an honor and privilege to be invited as their judge.

Categories for judging were oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, three-dimensional artwork, and mixed media.  There were at least five entries for each media.  A first place award was given in each category, plus Best of Show.

Post Pop-up Art Exhibit

When a collector extends an invite, we accept!

Michael Guinane and I were pleased to accept an invitation to visit a Sharpe Gallery customer's newly-renovated home in Kennebunk.  I had been to their home before and knew of its already top-of-the-line interior, exterior, and landscaping features, so I was curious to see its new look.  Their home is filled with numerous pieces of fine art collected over the years, as well as fine antiques and family heirlooms.  Michael and I were delighted to see his period piece painting that Mark and his wife, Kris, acquired in 2013 situated perfectly above the master bed, as seen in the adjacent photo.

Mark, the gracious host that he is, opened a 1990 bottle of Chateau Figeac and then gave us a full tour of their home, pointing out the stunning craftsmanship throughout.  There is endless hand-crafted detail in every room that one could only describe as work of art.  But it doesn't stop there; even the interior design choices by Mark and Kris are spectacular, which were arranged by Hurlbutt Designs of Kennebunk.  Mark is an intelligent retired corporate attorney with a vast knowledge of art, fine wines, and more - - so, you have to love a wise man who also has a playful personality enough to ask us if we all could fit into one of their showers!

When we returned to the kitchen, Mark expressed his interest in one of the only two horse paintings in Michael's solo show of mainly paintings of France.  Already in their collection is one of Guinane's horse scene paintings, so I wasn't surprised to hear of his interest in another.  Mark opened a 1995 bottle of Chateau Meyney and they became the owner of "Trotting".

Mark and Kris have not only collected several Guinane and other works of art from The Sharpe Gallery, but have also been huge supporters of the gallery - always recommending it to others, attending every art show and introducing new people to me.  My gratitude is beyond measure.  Thank you, Mark and Kris!


Michael Guinane Solo Art Exhibit

From France to Maine

What I really enjoy about Michael Guinane is the ability to experience his life through the artwork he creates.  I am fortunate to know Michael better because I have the opportunity to spend hours with him.  But you can too by following his career because his paintings reflect where he's been, what he's been doing, and what he enjoys or what brings him inspiration.  Over the course of six years, I've witnessed Guinane move from his period paintings (which I absolutely love!), to polo scene paintings after attending his first polo match, to island landscape paintings upon his return from a destination wedding.  His trip to France, as with many artists, provided Michael with an abundance of ideas and inspiration.  Paris was the theme of his solo show in July and he did not disappoint!

The popularity of pop-ups!

Pop-up Art Exhibitions at the Nonantum Resort

It was in 2015 when The Sharpe Gallery held its first pop-up art exhibit.  I was fortunate to have it in DC during its lovely springtime season!

It was that exhibit which sparked the interest in conducting more pop-up art shows and what wet my appetite to bring the gallery out from a single location in Maine.  The DC show gave me the opportunity to meet new people under different circumstances and environments.  I love "change" and I love traveling, thus an ideal business model for me to embark on designing.  And what perfect timing as it's evident that pop-up events are becoming increasingly more popular and hip!

That's how the pop-up and "traveling art gallery" idea came to fruition.  The way I see it, in our fast-pace and busy world, let The Sharpe Gallery come to you!

Friday, May 19, 2017, was our first of a series of pop-up exhibits at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine.  The event showcased new artwork by all artists represented by The Sharpe Gallery.  It exceeded my expectations and I trust it did the same for attendees.  I was delighted to see long-time gallery customers and new gallery visitors attend the show.  And I am ever so grateful for local friends showing their support by stopping in. 

If you missed the show in May, Friday, June 9, 2017 will be the second of the series of events at the Nonantum Resort.  Similarly, we will be featuring new artwork by all artists represented by the gallery from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  And on July 14th, come by to meet artist, Michael Guinane, during his solo show of new artwork (more information to come).