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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Art by the Sea - Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Ten miles south from my hometown of Kennebunk Maine lies the beautiful village of Ogunquit. With the motto "Beautiful Place by the Sea," Ogunquit has long been a popular summer resort. In the late 1890's it also became an artist's colony and was a popular summer destination for many well known artists. Maurice Freedman, Stonington Pier,
1954, oil on canvas, 30 x 40
In 1953 painter Henry Strater established The Museum of Art of Ogunquit which became later know as The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA). The OMAA houses over 1,600 pieces in its permanent collection and has the distinction for being the only museum in Maine devoted solely to American Art. The Museum is located at 543 Shore Road on three beautiful acres of landscaped gardens, lawn and gorgeous oceanfront ledge. The surrounding village area is great to visit after your tour of the Museum for delicious Maine dining, perusing the numerous shops or taking a scenic coastal walk on Marginal Way. For more information on the OMAA visit their website by clicking on this hyperlink: OMAA.
Mardsen Hartley, Still Life with Eel, (c.1917, 30 x 25", Oil on canvas).

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