What is Kennebunkport Arts in the Inns?

KENNEBUNKPORT, June 2007 – Artists from Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are partnering with seventeen local area Inns to present the 3nd Annual Art in the Inns, June 1-3, 2007. The Kennebunkport area is famous for its art community and Inns and the combination results in a unique venue for the artists in the beautiful setting of some the finest Inns in Maine.

The award winning artists’ portfolios on display in the Inns include oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, relief sculptures as well as driftwood sculptures and multi media. The Inns are making a cash contribution to the Brick Store Museum and the Kennebunkport Historical Society and public donations are welcome during the event.

The weekend schedule at the Inns is as follows:

  • Saturday June 1: 1-5pm with artist receptions from 3-5m
  • Sunday June 2: 12-3pm

The public is invited anytime during the exhibition hours to see the art displays and enjoy the hospitality of the inns. To meet the artist, be sure to attend the receptions in each inn on Saturday afternoon. In most cases, the art is available for purchase. In addition, many of the Inns are offering special rates and packages for this event.

The participating Inns are: Captain Fairfield Inn, Captain Jefferds Inn, Captain Lord Mansion, English Meadows Inn, Kennebunkport Inn, Maine Stay Inn and Cottages, Nonantum Resort, Waldo Emerson Inn.

The weekend began Thursday night with several pairings of palates and palettes. Bev and Rick attended the one hosted by The Port Tavern and Grill’s Executive Chef, John Shaw, who presented the following menu paired with the serene paintings of Jill Matthews.  The intimate dinner for 12 was held at the Knott House, the historic house museum of the Kennebunkport Historical Society.


Painting: “Foggy Marsh”        Appetizer: Scallop Seviche; pan seared scallop with salsa Verde

Painting: “Botanicals”            Salad: Baby Arugula salad in a Parmesan cup; sweet shallots, fine herbs,pancetta crackling, golden beets, lemon rosemary vinaigrette

Painting: “Goose Rocks Beach” Entree: Surf and Turf; braised Kobe beef short rib, Maine Lobster tail, blue cheese scalloped potato

Painting: “Beach Grass”         Dessert Trio: Lavender creme brulee, basil sorbet, lemon raspberry tart