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Challenges of Reopening are Hanging on the Walls

If everything goes as planned, there will be many more than six Emily Nelligan drawings on the freshly painted yellow walls of the Long Gallery when the Ogunquit Museum of American Art opens its doors for the season on July 1.

OMAA Online: ARTifacts Abstract Art for Younger Audiences

Welcome back to OMAA Online and our Artifacts Series! Today, join OMAA Curator and Collections Manager Ruth Greene-McNally as she discusses a Cubist-inspired watercolor painting by Romare Bearden. In celebration of the close of the school year, the video includes an outdoor drawing exercise appropriate for younger audiences.

Could There Be a More Difficult Time to Become an Arts Leader?

Other new hires include Jaynelle Hazard, director at the Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, Va.; Amanda Lahikainen at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art in Maine; and Matthew Clarke at the Design Trust for Public Space in Manhattan. Becca Hoffman is the new managing director of three art fairs — in Aspen, Chicago and Palm Springs.

OMAA Online: ARTifacts Kathleen Speranza Vanitas Vita

Welcome back to OMAA Online and our ARTifacts Series. Today’s behind-the-scenes tour explores the connection between 17th- century Dutch vanitas paintings and the still life florals of contemporary artist Kathleen Speranza. Enjoy this curator-led, installation preview and be sure to share your questions and thoughts in the comment line. “Vanitas Vita: Kathleen Speranza” opens to the public on July 1st along with “Light Southerly: Henry Strater in Verde Valley“; The View from Narrow Cove”; “Charles Woodbury: Open Studio” ;“Nocturne: Emily Nelligan” and “After Party: Andy Rosen.”

Charles Demuth and William Carlos Williams Figure 5

A major advocate of cubist-influenced Precisionism, Charles Demuth’s celebrated industrial landscapes established his career as a Modernist. Yet Demuth achieved equal regard for his poetic still-life florals, primarily painted in watercolor. Most of Demuth’s florals were created at his Lancaster, Pennsylvania home from gardens tended by the artist and his mother. The still lifes represent the peak of his career between 1915-1920.

OMAA Online: ARTifacts Light Southerly Crossword Puzzle

Welcome to OMAA Online! Today, as part of our ARTifacts Series, OMAA Online is sharing a curator-led crossword game suitable for younger viewers and art lovers alike. We hope you will join us as we continue to share gallery tours, works of art, themed stories from the collection, and behind-the-scenes tours of exhibition installation.

Frances Kent Lamont

On your next visit to OMAA, you'll see Frances Kent Lamont's "Bird Afloat" prominently displayed on a pedestal as you round the corner into the gallery. Several works currently on view, including "Bird Afloat," were exhibited in the Initial Exhibition of 1953 at the opening of the Museum of Art of Ogunquit.

Who You Know and Where You Go

Romare Bearden is noted for his paintings and collages specific to the African American experience. His imagery frequently references the “great migration” of Black American citizens from the South to the North, themes that prompted Downtown Gallery director Edith Halpert to represent greater numbers of Black artists in a series of exhibitions in New York between 1930-1950.

How Far Can You Sea?

From wherever you are standing, how far can you see? I will re-phrase the question: how far can you sea? Within OMAA's exhibition, "The View from Narrow Cove" installation, you are never at a loss for a view of the sea and horizon.

"The View from Narrow Cove" Small Selections

Since it's Monday, let's start off small. You can see just how small these works of art are by comparison to other works within the salon style grouping in "The View from Narrow Cove."

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