Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are proud to support many local artists. One of those artists is Judith Hardenbrook, who lives and works in Kennebunk, ME. Kennebunk is about 40 minutes south from Portland and boasts a quaint New England charm along the seacoast. The beauty of this region of Maine has inspired many artists like Judy to ’set up shop’ literally and own their own gallery and gift store. Unlike other tourist heavy coastal regions of Maine that flourish in the summer, the Kennebunk area thrives year round, providing an excellent source for inspiration and community.
In 1987 Judy Hardenbrook founded Hardenbrook Studio with her original work focusing on painted furniture and wall treatments. Over the next few years Judy and her talented staff began working on decorative framed imagery. The framed imagery, covering themes of travel and animals to florals and shells, proved to be a huge success. Today, Hardenbrook Studio offers other items such as single-pane prints, canvas prints, vintage inspired prints and decorative magnet boards. The studio’s slogan states that it “creates delicately detailed pieces that merge traditional elements with a fresh and fashionable twist.” Judy’s designs are influenced not only by her current surroundings, but also through her world travel, love for antiques and love for design itself.
Presently, Hardenbrook Studio has their artwork displayed in numerous tiny shops across North America and worldwide. Many of Judy’s personal designs have been translated to stationary, fine china and even fabric pieces. Seen above and to the left is our collection of Lorraine Garden Prints. Judy features a theme of vegetables, displayed in a vintage style. With your choice of asparagus, beet, bell pepper, carrot, chili pepper, or tomato (or artichoke and pea not shown here), you can decorate with them individually or arrange together for a bountiful wall arrangement in your country kitchen. Offering a similar theme to our Garden Prints is our collection of Fruit Prints. Presenting a choice of strawberries, blueberries, cherries or raspberries. These two brightly colored print groupings, both feature beautiful French manuscript of the name of each fruit or vegetable; a clear influence from Judy’s love for France and Paris in particular. All are framed in studio box frames and made of course, right here in Maine.
She has been referred to as a leading force in the decorative arts community, by many in her field and locals alike. Judy is of course well known throughout the U.S., but stays true to her roots by having her presence known throughout the Kennebunk area. An example of this is at the White Barn Inn, in their Wine Room. Here, Judy has painted a large, breathtaking mural of a rural countryside scene in Tuscany. Any who choose to visit this private room perhaps for a celebratory occasion, can witness her attention to detail and love for the land in this specially commissioned piece of art; surrounded by a romantic setting.
Pictured here to the left is our Canvas Leaf Print, another Hardenbrook Studio design. So realistic and vividly rendered, this attractive collage of tamarack, red maple and white pine is printed on canvas with a distressed look. As with her other prints, this too is displayed in a wood box frame. There is no doubt, that this design was inspired by the beautiful fall foliage we witness each year here in Maine.
~Thank you Judy and Hardenbrook Studio for sharing your exquisite talents with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.