OGUNQUIT, MAINE, April 28, 2017 – The Ogunquit Museum of American Art today announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The addition of Allyson Cavaretta and Edward J. Newberry, Esq. brings total OMAA Board membership to thirteen. Cavaretta and Newberry began their service in March of this year. Together with the February appointment of Michael Mansfield as Executive Director and Chief Curator, OMAA enters its 64th exhibition season with inspired new leadership and a skilled, committed Board.
Allyson Cavaretta is Director of Sales & Marketing at the Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, Maine. Active in community service, she has volunteered for the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce, Ogunquit Heritage Museum, Andean Health & Development, and the University of Notre Dame, of which she is a graduate. She also served for two years as chair of the committee for the Art by the Sea Auction and Gala, OMAA’s largest fundraising event. For her dedicated community service, she has received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, the Innovation Award from the Institute for Family Owned Business, and formal recognition from the Maine State Legislature.
“With its rich history and beautiful setting, the Museum plays a vital role in this community,” said Cavaretta. “I’m honored to be a steward of OMAA as it enters the next stage in its evolution. Already, I see and share the excitement of fellow Board members in considering what’s possible for OMAA’s future.”
Edward J. Newberry, Esq. is Global Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs, a leading global law firm. He also serves as a member of the firm’s Global Board and U.S. Management Committee. Newberry maintains a diverse public policy practice representing national and multinational corporations, trade associations, municipal governments, sovereign governments, and colleges and universities on legislative, regulatory, and other policy matters. Selected a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper each year since 2009 and as a top municipal lobbyist by Politico, Ed’s work has been highlighted by the trade industry press, including National Journal and Roll Call, and others. Forbes wrote of Newberry in 2014: “For those who truly understand the personalities and skill sets that comprise the ranks of a major law firm, the conclusion is an easy one: Newberry is a doer of deeds.”
“Ogunquit and the Museum hold a special place for me,” said Newberry. “I spent many summer days sitting on the rocks behind OMAA, reading and looking out at the ocean beyond Narrow Cove. It’s a joy to be able to give back to this place I love and to help steer OMAA on its journey to becoming a premier arts destination, and I look forward to lending my expertise and perspective on this great journey.”
The 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, 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. OMAA is open May 1 through October 31, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ogunquitmuseum.org.
Alison Gibbs, OMAA Marketing & External Relations Director