Tag: Monkitree

Better Late Than Never?
2014.09.11 23:05:29

bike maineMy last post was about winter ending and here we are going into fall. No excuses. I just didn’t make time for writing. It was a beautiful summer that included a vacation, for that I am grateful. We just had riders from Bike Maine in town a couple days ago. 275 bicyclists from around the state, country and world are riding to 5 different Maine towns. It was a great opportunity to show off our gorgeous little city and for me to show off Monkitree. I made sure to have all my bicycle themed items in stock and we had a great time. They had their evening meal out on the street and many people snuck out of line to see if I would be open when they were finished eating. My response, “I am here as long as you are.” I was busy until 8pm and had a fantastic time meeting the riders and volunteers. The volunteers included a group of kids from Westbrook High School who have a school program on bike repair.


I need to focus on the upcoming holiday season. Yes, Christmas will be upon us in a flash! So I am preparing. I need to get more items up on the website. I am a bit behind. Swine and Stein is in October. My favorite event in Gardiner! Music, beer, food. What’s not to love? In addition to organizing the first annual Beard and Mustache Competition at Swine and Stein, I am working on a trunk show that I will tell you more about when I work out some of the details. Very exciting! Of course there will also be a new show in November so I have that to take care of as well. So suddenly my life speeds up. Fun!


Tags: Monkitree | Bike Maine | Swine and Stein | Beard and Mustache Competition

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Blech! This isn't my milk.
2013.10.24 02:15:09

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The current show "Is this my milk?" has been up since September 27th and will be up until November 23rd. The show features the work of Mary K, Jeff and Denae Spencer and expresses their emotions relating to caring for Mary K's mother who had Alzheimer's. The work is very personal. Mary K was clear from the start that she wanted to express the joy and humor of her experience. Mary K created 422 ceramic milk glasses which were decorated with the words, "Is this my milk?" The display of glasses was a very powerful statement about dementia and the constant questions those caring for loved ones with dementia experience. Her mother asked "Is this my milk?" a lot. Only once did she take a sip from a glass that didn't contain her milk. To mark that ocassion, Mary K made a single glass for herself that said, "Blech! This isn't my milk." She brought that the night of the opening and sure enough people loved the "Blech!" glass. Yesterday Mary K dropped off five "Blech!" glasses. Now there are four.

Tags: Monkitree | Mary K Spencer

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Climbing the Monkitree
2012.10.20 02:41:14

Hello. Hello.

When Peter and I first moved to Maine with the plan of renovating a building in a historic downtown, opening a gallery and living in the building throughout the process, I started a blog called "Climbing the Monkitree." Little did I know that two years after opening Monkitree I would be recreating a website and starting a new blog right here on our website. We have had great progress over the years but it has felt like a series of baby steps.

A couple of years ago, my Dave Engledow taking a picture of Alice Beefriend Dave Engledow and I talked about including his photography in a show at Monkitree. We made it happen. The show was called "Plastic Fantastic: The Art of the Toy Camera" and it included Dave's images created with the Diana Camera. It was a great show and I hope had some influence on Dave to continue pursuing his photography (do you like how I try to give myself some credit there). Dave did continue taking pictures and after Alice Bee was born he began taking his World's Best Father series.

Last year we threw a paypal button up on our website so Dave could sell what had become the World's Best Father Calendar. We sold the calendars mainly to friends and family. Dave began his Engledow Art Photography facebook page and fans started growing. With more fans come more calendar sales so Dave started a Kickstarter campaign so he could print enough for his new fan base. Well that just generated more fans and then Boing Boing, Huffington Post and Laughing Squid paid attention. Next thing you know Dave is getting a call from the Today Show. Last time I looked he had 36,723 facebook fans.

So the pressure was on! Spiff up that website and start selling calendars! I hope you enjoy everything I have on the website so far. It is a work in progress and I will definitely be adding more beautiful pottery, jewelry, scarves, wooden serving pieces and more.

I took this picture of Dave taking a picture of Alice Bee at her birthday party last year.

Tags: Dave Engledow | Monkitree | Art | Craft

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