Category: American Art

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…

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…

Photography All Season Long at the OMAA

In celebration of the year in photographs in Maine, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art is hosting a series of photography exhibitions as part of the Maine Photo Project, which  features exhibitions in more than 30 museums and galleries across the state.  The OMAA is very glad to participate in this statewide initiative by exhibiting work by celebrated…

Spotlight On Education & Outreach

“It takes a very long time to be young.” – Pablo Picasso Engaging and educating our audience is central to our mission, so in March, 2014, we hired Amy Donovan to develop and expand our education and outreach programs to better serve our visitors, members and community. Donovan is a certified art educator who works…

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