Charles Woodbury: Open Studio

Today’s  practice of open  artist  studios  takes its cues from the past.  In addition to selling their work through commercial galleries and group exhibition venues, many nineteenth and early twentieth century artists  marketed their  work by hosting open studios. Several Ogunquit artists, including Charles Woodbury,  also offered private tutorials and group instruction  in  their studios.  

This installation reimagines Woodbury’s workspace as it appeared between the 1890s through the end of his life. As  founder of the  Ogunquit Summer School of Drawing and Painting, Woodbury is  credited with formalizing Ogunquit’s reputation as an art colony. The original Woodbury studio–now a  summer rental property  near the Ogunquit Museum of American Art–overlooks  Perkins Cove.  

living history installation with in  the framework of  the Barn Gallery Associates Wing with its display of the OMAA permanent collection, Charles Woodbury: Open Studio  is  story within  a  more comprehensive narrative,  assembled on the occasion of Maine’s Bicentennial celebration.  The installation includes artifacts, furnishings, paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and memorabilia from Woodbury’s studio, representing the artist’s long-range  influence on generations of students  and the community.

Charles Woodbury: Open Studio is organized bythe Ogunquit Museum of American Art and Guest Curator Professor Libby Bischof from the University of Southern Maine.

This exhibition is generously  supported by:

Elizabeth Cutler and Joanna Manikas

The Woodbury Family.  

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission

Exhibition Preview
Charles Woodbury's "Bow and Waves"
Model sailboat owned by Charles Woodbury
Charles Woodbury view of meadow where OMAA resides today.
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