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A Few Ideas

By Ruth Greene-McNally Bacon studied at the Art Students League between 1914-1920, where she was influenced by the realistic prints of her teachers, John Sloan and George Bellows. She achieved early success as a printmaker, illustrator, and author of over sixty children’s books. She later turned her attention to fine art, painting in watercolor, pastel,…

THE OGUNQUIT ART COLONY (1922-1952)

By Ruth Greene-McNally*   By the early 20th century, the allure of Narrow Cove attracted greater numbers of artists, gallerists, collectors, and sightseers who had discovered the secluded fishing community named Ogunquit the “beautiful place by the sea” by the Abenaki tribe nearly a century earlier. The opportunity to work and study art informally or…

CELEBRATING 65 YEARS: A MUSEUM of ART for the COMMUNITY 

By Ruth Greene-McNally* With a vision to build “a museum of art for the community,” Henry Strater, along with Rudy Dirks and Robert Laurent, purchased the meadow overlooking Narrow Cove, formerly owned by Charles Woodbury. The Museum of Art of Ogunquit incorporated on September 18, 1951 with the founder’s mission for “broad educational interests of…

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…

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