While Maine is known for its stunning natural beauty, the possibilities of endless outdoor activities (all throughout the year), its burgeoning farm to table food scene, and even the high demand microbrews, Maine’s art scene tends to get over-looked. From Ogunquit all the way up to Camden, there are classic art museums and can’t miss contemporary galleries featuring local artists as well as globally renowned ones. Below we mention some of our favorite museums as well as the upcoming exhibits that will be featured this season.
Portland Museum of Art
Located in heart of downtown Portland, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is home to a multitude of iconic collections that feature Claude Monet to Andy Warhol and is one of the most acclaimed museums in all of New England. Here is what’s coming up:
- February 3rd – April 30th – “The Thrill of the Chase”, a private collection of photographs by Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr.
- February 3rd – June 4th – “The Mistress and the Muse”, selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection.
- February 3rd – May 29th – “Artists Choice”, photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection.
The PMA always has events, openings, and special film showings, so don’t forget to check out the Events page to see what’s going on when you’re in town.
Farnsworth Art Museum
Just down the road from the Camden Harbour Inn, the Farnsworth Art Museum is best known for offering a comprehensive collection of American art especially related to Maine-life and well as housing the Wyeth Center. The Wyeth Center is dedicated to the art and history of the three generations of the Wyeth family. The following exhibitions are coming up:
- “Celebrating Maine”, a collection of national and local works.
- “American Treasures from the Farnsworth”, a collection of work celebrating Maine’s role in American art.
- “Andrew Wyeth: Maine Temperas and Watercolors”, private collection.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Located on Brunswick’s beautiful and historic campus, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art recently expanded their walls to hold their ever-growing collections. Below are some of the exciting new exhibitions on display:
- “Sosaku-Hanga”, 20th Century creative prints.
- “Perspectives from Postwar Hiroshima,” children’s drawings and the art of resolution, by Chuzo Tamotzu.
- “The Temptation of Saint Anthony,” renderings of Saint Anthony’s visions by a collection of artists.
Carver Hill Gallery
Located between the Farnsworth Art Museum and the famous Strand Theatre, this local gallery exhibits contemporary fine art from local and worldwide artists from Italy, Argentina, Cuba, and the Czech Republic. Keep up to date on all of the upcoming displays and events at http://www.carverhillgallery.com/news-events/
Ogunquit Museum of American Art
This gem is situated in the quaint coastal town of Ogunquit and is home to a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800’s through today. It is the only museum in the state devoted exclusively to American art. The museum also hosts a series of lectures and gallery talks throughout the year related to topics of contemporary art. Keep posted on all upcoming shows at https://ogunquitmuseum.org/exhibitions-collections/
After your art exploration, come relax fireside with us for a night at our award-winning boutique Inn. Relive the culture of your day over dinner at Natalie’s, the only Maine restaurant named Open Tables’ Choice Top 100 best restaurant in America award.