Garden Interventions

OMAA’s Garden Interventions are a series of one-day happenings set outside of the traditional setting of its galleries upending notions of place and the role of the viewer and maker. Invited artists will intentionally lead a day’s itinerary in accord with their métier and practice. Audience is essential to witness, partake, and to engage. 

Andres A. Verzosa, organizer, Garden Interventions

This series is generously supported by David and Tammy Mallen.

Pamela Moulton
Interactive Map of Emotions

May 17, 2017

Willy-nilly and capricious, emotions can be real troublemakers.  They have the capacity to be both constructive and destructive; our life force.  Suspended in OMAA’s garden, these five Universal Continents of Emotion will be woven in great circular colored zones with a multitude of richly textured materials ranging from rope fibers from a local manufacturer to Christmas garland.  Moulton will invite visitors to become participants by playing an artist’s game dealing with emotions, helping to map out our emotional moods, triggers, and actions. Moulton is determined to expand the Continent of Enjoyment! This project is inspired by the on-line Atlas of Emotions commissioned by the Dalai Lama, which is a 21st century tool for navigating our emotions and ultimately cultivating more compassionate peaceful human beings.

Julia Einstein

The Artist’s Garden

June 14, 2017

Julia Einstein makes paintings as if walking into a garden room with an artist’s eye onto Nature in vivid compositions, elegant arrangements, and painterly surfaces. Many of the paintings are connected by a horizon to give a sense of an interior space. The artist refers to these paintings as “flower portraits.”  These interiors are constructed around a look out through a window. The selected view is the main character, and conveys the way light enters a place, the color of shadows and the feel of a certain time and day. The flowers sit on a sort of stage with window light. She asks, “What happens when your subject is a museum garden, a sculpture garden, and the view is part of art history?” The artist will invite museum visitors into selected views as the paintings are composed “amid the garden and the flowers” and the art outside at OMAA.

Lucinda Bliss
Site and Storytelling: A Reintroduction to the Museum
July 12, 2017

Throughout the day, Bliss will engage the public in an exploration of place and narrative, focusing on the physical plot of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well as on the history of the land, its people, and the stories that live in the very roots of the place. In her intervention, Bliss will invite each visitor, one-on-one, into a conversation about place and narrative. She will share some of what she has learned about Ogunquit and OMAA, as well as some of her own formative narratives, and she will invite visitors to share stories about the places that live within each of them. For each set of stories shared, Lucinda will draw an image of a homing pigeon (using ink on mulberry paper) and affix it to the museum’s exterior wall. By the end of the day, a flock of birds will stand on the wall, holding the day’s tales and carrying them into the world.

Sarah Bouchard


August 16, 2017

“I want to give up the view that art is a means of self-expression for the view that art is a means of self-alteration, and what it alters is mind.” – John Cage

Come experience a mind-altering engagement with the landscape and gardens of OMAA. Allow your perception to be piqued and expanded through a series of interactive reflections on sculpture, portraiture, and landscape. Inspired by Abbott Pattison’s Large View of Tuyue (China) and a desire to upend the role of viewer and maker, Bouchard’s intervention will encourage guests to reflect on their role in creating the world. Through a self-directed series of movements and engaged “looking,” each guest will have an opportunity to create a series of abstract self-portraits. Bring your cameras and phones. Art is a way of seeing. Let’s play.

Deborah Wing-Sproul

Seen and Heard

September 13, 2017

We are at a place in time where, for many people, social engagement increasingly takes place in the digital world (email, text messages, Facebook, Snapchat). Combine that with the polarization of the current political climate, and we end up with a lot of people avoiding direct, face-to-face conversation. Ironically, and sadly, what many people want is to be seen… heard… understood… and respected. Yet, how is this possible without direct exchange with people who we may not know or agree with? Without the willingness to be uncomfortable? Without the risk of losing control? Conversation is like travel—in order to experience it fully we need to step outside our comfort zone and begin with the assumption that we each and all have something to learn from one another. “Seen and Heard” takes place between myself and one participant at a time. This is not a platform for debate—quite the opposite—it is an invitation to ask questions… to listen… and for attention and intentional engagement. Each conversational exchange will take place one-on-one; audience members may be active observers and listeners.

Susan Bickford

Garden Bathing

October 4, 2017

Bickford invites us to slow down and “bathe” in the gardens. As an artist studying nature therapy she guides us to breathe the air and notice ourselves come in rhythm with this place, and all the other beings that share it with us. She gives us verbal prompts to heighten our awareness such as “walk like a fox, mirror the movements of the gulls, or wait to feel oneself pulled toward a certain plant for a prolonged “sit.” She will guide us in the “sustained looking and listening” practice of field drawing, and finally, share a cup of tea from plants foraged on the grounds. There will be small groups gathering for garden bathing at 10, 11:30, 1:30, and 3:00. Please dress for the weather. Drawing books, instruments, and stools will be provided, no experience needed. Space is limited.