2013 was one of our most successful seasons. With an increase in visitors by 100% in the last five years, we intend to keep up the pace and finish 2014 with record-breaking numbers. Our goal is to become a year-round presence in the community; one that supports and participates in the ongoing dynamics of our schools and larger geographical area, and simply to become the most exciting art venue in Maine.
We can achieve this because of the invaluable support of our members, partners, and volunteers. This support has allowed us to:
- Make essential improvements to the building and grounds
- Expand education, membership and marketing programs
- Add staff to develop those programs
This winter, we hired Nancy Pearson as the new Director of Marketing and External Relations and Amy Donovan as Education Coordinator. Amy has been reaching out to area schools and adult learning centers. She is also working with our dedicated Docent group to develop a range of fall and winter programs, as well as maintain a strong presence in the galleries for our summer visitors. All of these changes have been developed in order to better serve our members and visitors.
This summer, we offer a wide range of exhibitions and programs. A John Laurent retrospective starts off the season, followed by solo shows by painter Richard Brown Lethem, photographer Alexandra de Steiguer, and installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis. Andrew Wyeth: The Linda L. Bean Collection promises to be a very popular exhibition as well. Tuesday programs will kick off in July and a new youth program, “Stories by the Sea” will launch on Wednesday mornings through July and August.
This is an exciting time at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Visit often this summer, and as always, let us know how we are doing!
Back in the early 1960’s I was an undergraduate art student and friend of John Laurent. Although I did not take any of his courses, he was a mentor. At one point I made pottery that he would decorate. At times I would visit his studio or take photographs of the Ogunquit tideland while there helping John manage his dad’s rental property. I remember photographing a Greek marble head in his father’s collection- photographed with a lighting technique developed by Professor Clarence Kennedy, an art historian at Smith College. Oddly, a few years later after graduate school, I would become the first photographer art professor at Smith College. I can across an interesting photograph I made back then that I would give to anyone interested. Please advise. Thanks, David Batchelder
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