An Artist’s Paradise (1880s-1922)

An Artist’s Paradise (1880s-1922)

An Artist’s Paradise (1880s-1922)

By Ruth Greene-McNally When Charles Herbert Woodbury proclaimed the view from Narrow Cove “an artist’s paradise” he was not the first artist to discover the potential for an artist haven in the secluded seacoast village of Ogunquit. Distinguished American painters John Enneking, Maurice Prendergast, Dwight Tryon, and Joseph Davol painted in Ogunquit as early as…

Found In Collection

By Larry Hayden, OMAA Preparator Among the many interesting objects in the OMAA collection are numerous artifacts and ephemera that may never be exhibited. These are snapshots, publicity photos, clippings, news articles, correspondence, files, fragments, and museum publications. These enrich and illustrate our understanding of the fascinating history of the Museum. While doing research and…

An OMAA docent remembers Gary Haven Smith

by Joan Sinisi Photo: Larry Hayden While working on an assignment for OMAA’s Docent Education Committee, I had the privilege of visiting Gary Haven Smith at his home and studio in Northwood, NH. He was the most open, honest professional artist and gracious host that anyone could have wished to meet. He was also a…

DeWitt Hardy (1940 – 2017)

By Michael Mansfield I was still in my first few days at the museum and just getting to know the collections and the history of Ogunquit when I met DeWitt Hardy.  One of the first personalities to introduce himself to me, DeWitt came by to deliver some material he had been looking into on behalf…

In Focus

by Michael Mansfield Carl Austin Hyatt, “S # 28, Portsmouth Harbor Salt Pile Series,” printed 2015, 50″ x 60,″ archival pigment ink on watercolor paper OMAA has a devoted core of docents and volunteers. Their heartfelt commitment is one of many traits that makes this museum such a special place. They play a unique role…

On Views

by Julia Einstein* When I visit the gardens at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, my thoughts fill with imagined images of Langlais sculptures leaping to visit the Zorach’s. Today, my focus is on composing views to create my upcoming OMAA Garden Invention. It’s designed to be participatory, as a way to invite new perspectives…

Notes on Landscape Painting, Sentimentality and Denial

by Gail Spaien Throughout my career I have explored the intersection of nature and culture guided by the question – how do I bring the natural world into a static gallery setting? So last year, when Interim Director, Andy Verzosa asked me to exhibit work in the 2017 season, my first thought was to develop…

Community workshop series and collaborative art shows

By Jill Burke OMAA Education & Outreach at Waban & TACP I recently completed a series of community workshops & collaborative art shows at Waban Lifeworks in Springvale and The Creative Trails, The Art Certificate Program (TACP) in Biddeford.  As OMAA’s Education Coordinator I have the privilege of working with some amazing young adults with…

Artist Pamela Moulton* looks forward to her “Garden Intervention”

It looks like mother nature will be welcoming guests to my Garden Intervention at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art under sunny skies this Wednesday! Come roll the giant dice of emotions, then map out your emotional triggers on my giant weaving. Come find me, I will be near the pond, kept company by two…

Andres Verzosa remembers Dahlov Ipcar

As many of you may know by now, one-of-a-kind painter, sculptor and illustrator Dahlov Ipcar passed away last month.  She was 99 years young.  I had been working closely with Dahlov and her family on behalf of the museum to organize an exhibition of her work for the OMAA’s 64th Season opening this May.  Our…

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