Living With Art

Stunning settings by Maine architects, interior designers, builders, and other experts provide the perfect backdrop for works from Portland Art Gallery, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Ralston Gallery, Gem Gallery, and Erin Hutton Projects

Art: Jean Jack, Rest Awhile, oil on cradled panel, 30” x 24” (left of window); Jean Jack, Cumberland Summer, oil on canvas, 40” x 40” (right of window)—Portland Art Gallery
Builder: Ethos Carpentry, Inc.
Heat Pumps: Northeast Heat Pumps
Structural Engineer: Joseph Leasure, L&L Structural Engineering Services, Inc.
Interior Designer: Eleftherios Minas, Ethos Carpentry, Inc.
Furniture: West Elm

“To create this spacious, bright condo, I renovated the second and third floors of a circa-1900 Portland building—a one-bedroom apartment with attic space above. On the lower level, I opened up the walls and added a 1,200-pound steel beam for structural support. The second-level storage area was renovated into two comfortable bedrooms. The airy, modern unit now feels like a home.” — Eleftherios “Lefty” Minas, Ethos Carpentry

Architect: BrightBuilt Home
Architectural Designers: Parlin Meyer and Jessica Benner, BrightBuilt Home
Art: Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Wolke, encaustic, oil, and 23-carat gold leaf on panel, 36” x 36” (on kitchen wall); Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Picnic III, encaustic, oil, and 23-karat gold leaf on panel, 12” x 12” (right of window seat, top); Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Picnic IV, encaustic, oil, and 23-karat gold leaf on panel, 12” x 12” (right of window seat, bottom) —Portland Art Gallery
Builder: New England Homes
Furniture: Kitchen stools: Hans Wegner; dining room chairs: Brownstone Furniture; dining room table: custom; sitting area vintage club chairs: Pillars
Interior Designer: Bronwyn Huffard, Huffard House
Lighting: Kitchen pendants: Hudson Valley Lighting; entry pendants: Arteriors; sitting area chandelier: The Lamp Repair Shop
Paint: Front door: Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue
Windows & Doors: Front door: custom by Simpson Door; windows: Logic

“I describe my paintings as the place where the inner landscape and the outer landscape meet.” —Dietlind Vander Schaaf

“‘Wolke’, which translates to ‘cloud’ in English, is fitting for this home with a front door seat to the many moods of Maine’s coastal weather. Wolke’s layers of blue, green, and white unify this open and airy interior with the sea and sky outside. On the sitting area wall, two smaller pieces by Vander Schaaf—Picnic III and Picnic V—mirror the colors and textures of the larger piece and provide more connection to the textiles on the window seat and the ever-changing view. —Bronwyn Huffard, Huffard House

Architects: Joanna Shaw, Will Winkelman, Winkelman Architecture
Art: Kathy Hanley, Kite Boy, steel and found objects—Gem Gallery
Builder: Cold Mountain Builders
Landscape Architect: Richardson Associates

“My wife Kathy Hanley’s sculpture, Kite Boy, is a very sweet and thoughtful piece, and is very popular. And uniquely, it fits with this building’s story in an idiosyncratic way. The client has two young boys, 8 and 10 years old, or so, and Joanna and I have a keen memory of the boys at the cabin, playing. Nestled into the gorgeous spruce, ledges, and moss landscape, Kite Boy evokes this memory.” —Will Winkelman, Winkelman Architecture


Art: Katie Todaro, Memories of Exploration VI, archival digital print on canvas, 36” (on wall); Kelly Pastorek, paper poppy, paper, and wire (in vase); Kari Radasch, ceramic vase, clay, and earthenware
Builder: Cianbro
Flooring: White oak hardwood, Atlantic Hardwoods

“The Canopy Hotel is Commercial Street’s latest hot spot and the perfect backdrop for modern Maine art. The waterfront’s briny air and cry of the seagulls are the ideal companions for the white oak floors that are full of character. This guest room is elegant, timeless and reminiscent of Portland’s maritime heritage.” —Jack McInerney, Atlantic Hardwoods

Architect for Kitchen Remodel: Wanamaker/Raphael Architecture;
(original house by Eric A. Chase)
Architectural Designer: Blue Hill Cabinet & Woodwork
Art: Peter Ralston, Tangled, photographic print on archival rag paper with an archival ink set, 17” x 22”—Ralston Gallery
Builder: Stephan MacArthur & Company
Cabinetry: Blue Hill Cabinet & Woodwork
Fixtures & Appliances: Brown Appliance & Mattress
Lighting Designer: Lisa Gilberto Cunningham, Patti Bros.
Stainless-Steel Countertop: Down East Sheet Metal & Certified Welding
Stone Countertops: Freshwater Stone
Stools: Circle Furniture
Windows: Andersen

“When I first talked to the clients about their kitchen remodel, they had a very clear idea of the look that they wanted for the cabinetry. They selected walnut from a host of wood samples but asked if the finish could have a redder tone. We applied a hand-rubbed oil finish with some cherry stain added to it—a custom treatment that adds warmth to the room.” —Rick Sawyer, Blue Hill Cabinet & Woodwork

Art: Liz Hoag, Red Woods, acrylic on canvas, 48” x 30” (on back wall); Hunt Slonem, Color Purple 1, oil, acrylic, and resin on canvas, 36” x 30” (at right) —Elizabeth Moss Galleries
Builder: Arcadia Kitchen & Bath
Cabinetry: Harmoni Kitchens
Countertops: Silestone by Arcadia Kitchen & Bath
Fixtures: Ideal Workstation 5 by The Galley
Interior Designer: Kristen LaValle, lead designer, Arcadia Kitchen & Bath
Lighting: Verner Panton by Y Lighting

“Creating this space was a very collaborative effort with the homeowner, who has an innate design sense. Inherited authentic midcentury modern furniture informs the design throughout the home, and the kitchen was no exception.” —Kristen LaValle, Arcadia Kitchen & Bath

Art: Jane Dahmen, Boothbay Harbor, acrylic on panel, 30” x 60”—Portland Art Gallery Architect: Mark R. Miller, FAIA
Foundation: Gonzalo Rodriguez
Timber frame design and joinery: Maine Barn Company

“I knew this frame was unlike anything we’d cut before and would require a different viewpoint to capture its unique design. The frame features a 15-degree end wall and a two-and-a-half pitch roof. The finished building will have curved walls, and when seen from above it will resemble a boat to pay homage to the marina below. The frame sits high atop the hill next to the more traditional saltbox Maine Barn created last year. What a pleasure it has been to work on this collaboration; Rulo Timberworks joined us for the massive keyed roof timbers.” – Erin Connolly, Maine Barn Company

Art: William Crosby, Deep Blue Jazz, acrylic on panel, 48” x 60” (on back wall); Matthew Barter, Old Stern Man with Trap, oil on reclaimed wood, 23.5” x 12” x 8” (on steps, top); Matthew Barter, Coiling Rope, oil on reclaimed wood, 25.5” x 12″ x 5” (on steps, bottom) —Portland Art Gallery
Furniture: Wing chairs, designed and made in Maine by Maine Street Design Co.; side chairs, MSDC Shop!
Interior Design: Maine Street Design Co.
White Stoneware on dining table: Albert L’Etoile, available at MSDC Shop!

“This design for this space is a culmination of found, foraged, and custom-made pieces. The mix of colors and materials adds warmth and texture to the airy, white-walled room.” —Brett Johnson, Maine Street Design Co.

Architectural Designer: Brush & Hammer Builders
Art: Eric Hopkins, Beach Roses, oil on canvas, 48” x 72”—Elizabeth Moss Galleries Builder: Brush & Hammer Builders
Interior Designer: Brush & Hammer Builders
Furniture & Accessories: Wayfair
Windows & Doors: Mathews Brothers Co.

“In renovating our shared family home on Sebago Lake, we expanded the view of the water and modernized the design while keeping the mood relaxed—befitting a Maine lakeside retreat.” —Anthony and Adam Requia, Brush & Hammer Builders

Architectural Designer: Katahdin Cedar Log Homes
Art: Holly L. Smith, Sunset Reflection II, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”—Portland Art Gallery Builder: Rangeley Building & Remodeling
Interior Designer: Jill Crosby, Rangeley Building & Remodeling
Windows: Andersen

“This log home sits on Quimby Pond, and the views of the surrounding woods and pond are so beautiful. We wanted to make sure we brought touches inside that play off the natural setting. The log stairs and the art bring that outside in.” —Jill Crosby, Rangeley Building & Remodeling

Art: Frank Mauceri, Synapse 11 and Synapse 22, both archival inkjet print on paper, 45½” x 40” (left wall) —Cove Street Arts; James Austin Murray, Insatiable Curiosity, oil on canvas on panel, 48” round (back wall) —KW Contemporary Art; Grace DeGennaro, Geometry 45 Nightbloom, watercolor on paper, 30” x 22” (right wall) —Cove Street Arts
Furniture: Fiore Home
Interior Designer: Fiore Home
Lighting: Visual Comfort
Rug: Mougalian Rugs

“Curating a collection is best done with intention around what one wants to experience in a space. James Austin Murray’s Insatiable Curiosity is the focal point of our design that was inspired by kinetic energy, movement, and minimalism. We used large scale art to give the space purpose. The radial geometry in each of the works lends itself to contemplation and serenity away from the busyness of life.” —Vanessa Helmick, Fiore Home

Art: Jasmine Clayton, Flotsom, merino wool and leather, 12’ x 7’—Erin Hutton Projects
Furniture: Illuminated live-edge beech bar table with weathered steel base, Huston and Company; lighting effects, BH Milliken

“We enjoy engaging in the design, development, and building of custom furniture for a vast variety of residential, academic, and corporate settings. We were honored to be part of the Canopy Hotel project, share in the excitement of the fabulous Luna Bar, and to help promote the continued growth of the great city of Portland. Everyone involved in this project, from the contractors to the designers, were absolutely great to work with. The end result makes a statement to promote positive vibes and increased social interaction in a beautiful gathering space.” —Saer Huston, Huston and Company

Art: Allen Bunker, Time Will Tell, oil on canvas, 36” x 48” (on brick wall); Allen Bunker, Easy Come, Easy Go, oil on canvas, 36” x 48” (above bed) —Portland Art Gallery
Furniture and Accessories: Dune Bed and Mysa nightstand in walnut, Nautilus lounge chair in white oak, MS1 desk in walnut, Concord chair in white oak—all Chilton; vase (to left of bed), Buckland Ceramics
Lighting: Dipping Light (on table at left); Bicoca portable lamp (to right of bed), both Marset USA

“The historic brick archways and wood-beamed ceilings in our newest showroom space at 100 Commercial Street in the Old Port offer the perfect backdrop to showcase our original and exclusive wood furniture designs, all of which celebrate the warmth, texture, and natural beauty of wood.” —Jennifer Levin, Chilton Furniture

Art: On credenza: Dick Alden, Hug, white marble, 14″ x 13″ x 5″; on wall: Matthew Russ, Looking East From Mount Battie #2, oil on canvas, 30″ x 60″—Portland Art Gallery Furniture: Chilton

“Our bright, spacious gallery, located in a historic storefront in the heart of Portland, offers opportunities to display works in a variety of ways. We create this vignette to provide a sense of how Matthew Russ’s painting and Dick Alden’s sculpture might look in a contemporary home setting.” —Emma Wilson, Portland Art Gallery

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