At the center of all the great things going on at KPT Arthouse Gallery in Kennebunk is a ball of energy and light… Pamela Jeanine DeSantis. DeSantis grew up in Connecticut and migrated to Maine after college in 1995, following her parents who moved here in 1991. DeSantis and current building owners Chris Smith and Cyndi Smith from
CA Smith Photography opened the gallery to fill the space while the building was preparing for market
Pamela's energy and the vibe at KPT Arthouse and Honey Tribe is infectious, they've put together a real haven for a serious art buyer, as well as a wonderful respite and shopping site for a summer tourist.
She's also stumbled on a unique and wonderful tradition of photographing all the artists and guests that visit KPT and Honey Tribe on the quirky pink couch in her upstairs studio…
(I will admit, I couldn't WAIT to show up on her social media page on The Pink Couch!)
Being a great curator (or curation team, in this case) is all about taking risks with new artists and having the insight and instinct to make the right choices. Brad Maushart's work was definitely a great choice to make when KPT put together his first solo show last month and celebrated his work with the winter community in Kennebunk. Putting his work in the same space with established artists like Kelly Jo Shows and Cheryl Lichwell successfully takes even more than skill, but KPT makes it work, and makes it work WELL.
Lichwell, Shows and Maushart …oh my!
"The building the ArtHouse is in is for sale...and yes, selfishly, I hope it doesn't sell because I love this work and the energy we (all, the Smith's, the artists, all of our community supporters that help out around the gallery and myself) have created in the ArtHouse. But if it did sell, I trust that there will be a next thing...possibly just moving the ArtHouse, possibly something else.
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