The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is a jewel on the rocky coast of Maine just down wind from Perkins Cove. With Atlantic waves splashing on the horizon, the OMAA houses a permanent collection of American paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from the late 1800s to the present, and its iconic white building is surrounded by beautifully cultivated sculpture gardens. It opened in 1953, founded by Henry Strater, a handsome and adventurous artist who was a central figure in Ogunquit’s famous early 20th century art colony where he studied at the art schools of Charles Woodbury and Hamilton Easter Field. The peaceful seaside spot overlooking Narrow Cove was purchased by Strater from the Woodbury family, and was the famed location where the artist and teacher Charles Woodbury had hosted generations of plein air artists who painted the stunning views. Many Ogunquit artists works are in the Museum’s collection including Woodbury, Field, Robert Laurent, Bernard Karfiol, and contemporary works by Edward Betts, Beverly Hallam, and Norman West. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of American art, and it has a wide diversity of artists with works by George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Marsden Hartley, Walt Kuhn, Davlov Ipcar, Gaston Lachaise, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and others.
The OMAA is a wonderful resource for creative wellness, which can be enjoyed in the modern galleries, perennial sculpture gardens, and charming gift shop. It is a rare community organization that is keeping the local arts tradition and history alive and growing with important exhibitions, artist talks, and a range of education and program outreach. Art HOPE partners with the OMAA to offer free expressive arts programs in collaboration with York Hospital Oncology that welcome all members of the community. Our annual studio arts and origami events are healing opportunities for intergenerational art-making, art-taking, and art-giving in a beautiful place by the sea.
Please join me at the OMAA on Thursday, June 2 ,10:00-noon for the Art HOPE Gallery & Garden Studio. Enjoy observational drawing, watercolors, writing, and viewing art in the gallery and gardens. Art materials will be provided or field artists may bring their own. The free program includes museum admission and is made possible by the York Hospital Living Well with Cancer Fund in celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day. For more information visit our calendar. I hope to see you there, and after the program you can walk to Perkins Cove and discover another bite of Ogunquit culture, the art of the lobster roll.
photo by Madison McKay