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OGUNQUIT, MAINE, April 12, 2016 – The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) today announced its 2016 exhibitions and programs. Included in this season’s exhibitions will be Jamie Wyeth: Private Collection from June 30 to October 31 in the Sculpture Gallery. Son of Andrew Wyeth and grandson of N.C. Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth is part of an artistic legacy that spans 100 years. He actively paints in Maine every summer and was honored in 2015 with a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston which broke all attendance records. His work was also recently exhibited at the Denver Art Museum.
Prior to the Wyeth show, on May 1, the OMAA kicks off its exciting 2016 season with another Maine native, exhibiting Bernard Langlais: Wood, Paper, and Canvas from May 1 to June 26 in the Sculpture Gallery. A towering figure in the Maine art scene, Langlais (1921-1977) was a painter and part of the New York abstraction movement before returning to Maine and turning to wood as his primary medium. This exhibition showcases gifts from the Kohler Foundation, Colby College, and other private gifts in the OMAA permanent collection.
Also on view May 1 will be Bernard Karfiol: Ogunquit Master. Karfiol (1886-1952) first came to Ogunquit to teach at Hamilton Easter Field’s school, which was at the center of one of the first art colonies in America. Karfiol found success in the American art scene in the early 1900s and is known for his work with the figure and portraits of his family. This exhibition features work from the OMAA collection along with materials recently donated by the artist’s family and will be on view through October 31 in the Long Gallery.
OMAA visitors can look forward to a full season of events and programs, beginning with our ABC Sale of art, books, and collectibles at the OMAA on Saturday, April 16 from 9 am to 2 pm. Come find your next treasure, and thanks for your support!
The OMAA’s third annual Family Day will be Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 2 pm with a rain date of Sunday, June 5 and will include artful fun for the whole family.
From June 19 through 21, members of the Piscataqua Garden Club present their floral interpretations of OMAA exhibition works in our sixth annual Art in Bloom event.
Art by the Sea, the OMAA’s annual benefit auction, takes place Saturday, August 20 from 5-8 pm. With a live auction, entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, it’s always a highlight of the season! Admission is $125 and all proceeds benefit the OMAA.
The OMAA’s complete 2016 exhibition schedule includes the following:
BERNARD LANGLAIS: WOOD, PAPER, CANVAS
May 1-June 26, Sculpture Gallery
BERNARD KARFIOL: OGUNQUIT MASTER
May 1-October 31, Long Gallery
PATIENCE E. HALEY: BLUE MOON
May 1-June 26, Little Gallery
JAMIE WYETH: PRIVATE COLLECTION
June 30-October 31, Sculpture Gallery
TOM BUTLER: THE HIDDEN
June 30-August 28, Little Gallery
September 1 – October 31, Little Gallery
HENRY STRATER: BLUE
May 1-October 31, Strater Gallery
TRADITION AND EXCELLENCE
May 1-October 31, Barn Gallery Associates Wing
For a current listing of all OMAA programs and events, visit www.ogunquitmuseum.org.
The 2016 season is made possible with the generous support of our season sponsor, Kennebunk Savings; media sponsor, Maine Home and Design, Art Collector Maine; Totally Tuesday sponsor, Maine Beer Company; exhibition sponsors, Libra Foundation, Fisher Charitable Foundation, Colonial Inn, Admiral’s Inn, Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, Joan Dwyer and Jayne Dwyer Charitable Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Huston and Company, Beachmere Inn, Meadowmere Resort, and Barnacle Billy’s Inc.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely connected to two of America’s earliest art colonies that directly contributed to the roots of American modernism, the OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from the late 1800s to the present and is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of American art. A short walk from Perkins Cove, the museum and its three acres of sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean.
Alison Gibbs, OMAA Marketing & External Relations Director