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.
A 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.
This exhibition is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and Guest Curator Professor Libby Bischof from the University of Southern Maine.
The exhibition is generously supported by Elizabeth Cutler and Joanna Manikas and the Woodbury Family.