Achievements & Awards

Anne Gable Allaire is a full time professional artist living in Kennebunk, Maine. She began drawing and painting at an early age, pursuing drawing and painting classes and entering art competitions.

After graduation from high school, formal education includes Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (1963-1964); a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska (1964-1967) with majors in Interior Design and Painting. Continuing Fine Arts Education includes classes in pastel an oil painting at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art), Portland, Maine (1987-1989). Anne continues to supplement her creative process by participating in selected professional workshops.

Allaire's professional background includes working from 1968-1974 as an Interior Designer. After college graduation, she worked as the head of the Interior Design Department of an architectural firm in St. Paul, Minnesota; then, as a member of several design firms in the Detroit, Michigan area. All of these firms specialized in corporate and commercial interiors. Responsibilities with these firms included interior design work as well as consulting with, and placing artwork in, offices, hospitals, banks and corporate offices around the United States.

After moving to Maine in 1979, Allaire's interior design consulting continued, and her interest in painting was renewed. While pursuing painting again, she worked as the Assistant Director of River Tree Arts, a non-profit community arts organization in Kennebunk, Maine (1995-1997). She has served as a member of the River Tree Center for the Arts Gallery Committee and is a member of many local and National Arts organizations. In 2006 Allaire was named a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America. Allaire is a Signature member and Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America and a Signature member of the Pastel Painters of Maine. She is also a juried member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks. Anne mentors MFA candidates at the Heartwood College of Art in Biddeford, Maine. She is also on the faculty of River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, Maine. Anne teaches Pastel workshops. Her work is represented locally by the Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport, Maine. Anne's paintings may also be seen in her studio by appointment or in the Master Pastelist Gallery on the Pastel Society of America website

Allaire now paints full-time. She has painted with pastels since the age of 12. Although she has worked in oils, pen and ink and pencil, she loves pastels and is currently working with them exclusively. Her paintings are in numerous corporate and private collections around the United States.





Studio Show at Roux and Cyr International Fine Art- Portland, Me

“Merit Award” 2018 Pastel Society of Maine 18th International Juried Exhibition .

“Best In Show” 
Summer Exhibition: Art Guild of the Kennebunks 2017 


“New Perspectives” at the Chocolate Church Arts Center


"Guild of Boston Artists" 2015 Regional Juried Exhibition
"Award of Merit" Pastel Painters of Maine16th Annual Juried Exhibition
"Best of Show" Award
Art Guild of the Kennebunks Annual Awards Show


"Art in the Capitol"One Woman Show at the Maine State Capitol
Augusta, Maine


"Painted Details: Artists Interpret Kennebunk's Historic Architecture".
Invitational Exhibition Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine.

Invitied Juror of Awards for the Kennebunk River Club's 57th Annual Casino Art Show.

Art Guild of the Kennebunks Spring Exhibition, Blue ribbon for Pastel "Summer by the Sea"

Mentor for the MFA program at Heartwood College of Art.

Led Master Class Pastel workshop for MFA candidates at Heartwood College of Art

Pastel Painters of Maine, 13th Internaational Juried Exhibition, "for Pastels Only" 2012, Pastel Society of New Hampshire Award for the painting "Narragansett by the Sea"


Invited to exhibit at "Changing Landscapes"
-Opening of the new exhibition center at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm - Wells, ME.

"Four Explore the Art of Pastel
-Four woman exhibition at the Chocolate Church Arts Center - Bath, ME.

Honorable Mention: Kennebunk River Club 56th Annual Art Exhibi
t - Kennebunkport, ME.

First Place Annual Awards Show: Art Guild of the Kennebunks - Kennebunk, ME


Pastel Painters of Maine 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Merit Award for"Crystal Rain"
Juried into "Paint for Preservation" 2010 3rd Annual Wet Paint auction to benefit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Kennebunk River Club 55th Annual Art Exhibit,
'Patrons' Prize for "Coming Home"

Art Guild of the Kennebunks
annual Award Show best in Show for "Coming Home"

Pastel Society of America,
38th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC. pastel painting "Wonder" on exhibit.

"Art in Maine",
a State Wide Juried Art Exhibition presented by the Boothbay Region Arts Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, Me. pastel painting "Foggy Evening, Maine" on Exhibit

International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Seventeenth Juried Exhibition,
"the 2010 Web Show" pastel painting "Wonder" on Exhibit


Art Guild of the Kennebunks- Annual Spring show, Best Pastel"
(for "Sea Roses I")

Connecticut Pastel Society, 16th Annual "Rennaisance in Pastel" National Juried Exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, Connecticut

"Flora B. Giffuni Memorial Award"
(Award was for "Crystal Rain")


Pastel Painters of Maine, Ninth Annual Juried International Exhibition "Jack Richeson Silver Pastel Award"Chocolate Church Art Gallery, Bath, Maine (award was for "On the Road to Sebasco Harbor"


Connecticut Pastel Society, 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition: "Rennaisance in Pastel", West Hartford, Connecticut - "Pastel Society of America Award"

Art Guild of the Kennebunks Annual Autumn Awards Show "Best Pastel"


Designated Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America

Pastel Society of America- Atlantic Papers Award, 34th Annual Open Juried Pastel Exhibition (NY, NY)

Joseph Salomon Purchase Prize

2006 Connecticut Pastel Society Member Show
- Diane Townsend Award

Art Guild os the Kennebunks
- Spring Show- First Place


House of Heydenryk Award-Pastel Society ofAmerica's 33rd Annual Pastel Exhibition - National Arts Club, NY, NY

"Pastel Journal's" 6th Annual 'Pastel 100' competition -
Landscape Catagory- April 2005 - Honorable Mention
Merit Award-Pastel Painters of Maine 6th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Kennebunk, Maine
"Best of Show" Art Guild of the Kennebunks Spring Show -
"Best Pastel" Art Guild of the Kennebunks Summer Show


Barn Gallery Regional Open Juried Show, Ogunquit, Maine

Brick Store Museum Juried exhibition,
"Between Autumn and Spring", Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine Art Guild of the Kennebunks Spring Show, Kennebunk, Maine
Best of Show


Butler Institute of American Art, Pastel Society of America Invitational Exhibition, Youngstown, Ohio

Best Pastel, Art Guild of the Kennebunks Spring Show

Merchandise Award, Pastel Painters of Maine 4th Annual National Exhibition

Eileen F. Boretti, Memorial Award for Realism- Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod 8th Annual Exhibition

Pastel Society of America, 31st Annual Pastel Exhibition
New York, NY - received the Mrs. Pearl Kalikow Award

Connecticut Pastel Society 10th Annual National Exhibition, West Hartford, CT - received the Dolores Pearl Memorial Award


University of Nebraska Alumni Exhibition, Eisentrager * Howard Gallery, Lincoln Nebraska

Honorable Mention - Connecticut Pastel Society Member's Show, Meridan Connecticut

People's Choice Award - Art Guild of the Kennebunks Spring Show, Kennebunk, Maine

Invitational Group Show - "Pastel Perspectives" - Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine

First Place Pastel - Art Guild of the Kennebunks Summer Show
Pastel Journal Award- Pastel Painters of Maine Third Annual National Exhibition.
Connecticut Pastel Society, 9th Annual National Exhibition, Slater Museum, Norwich, Connecticut


Finalist- WCSH-TV Art Show- Portland, Me
First Place- Pastel - Maine Women in the Arts "Poetic License Show"
Merit Award and Honorable Mention - Pastel Painters of Maine Second Annual National Exhibition


Numerous shows with the Art Guild of the Kennebunks and Maine Women in the Arts; Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, Maine; University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.

Honorable Mentions, Kennebunk River Club Annual Invitational Art Show

Judge's Award- Mount Washington Valley "Art in the Park", North Conway, New Hampshire

Best of Show, Celebration of the Arts, Kennebunkport, Maine.

"Splendid Splashes" I and II Invitational Show- River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, Maine

Best of Show- York Art Association Annual Show, York, Maine.

"Three Artists-Three Media", three person show - River Tree Arts, Kennebunk,Maine.

Emanon Invitational Group Show, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, Maine

Best Pastel- Juried Marine Show, River Tree Arts,Kennebunk, Maine

Patrons Prize- Kennebunk River Club Annual Invitational Show
Kennebunkport, Maine.
Best of Show- Art Guild of the Kennebunks Summer Show, Kennebunkport, Maine.
Best of Show- Annual National Exhibition - Pastel Painters of Maine.l
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