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Home/What's New > Educational Programs > 2010


The Ogunquit Museum of American Art hosts many educational programs for children and adults.

Expand Your Horizons (and have a lot of fun!)
at the Museum's Special Programs for 2010,
including... Tuesday Night at the Museum!

Special Programs for 2010 at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art include music recitals, lectures, films and discussions. Join us every Tuesday evening at 7 pm (except 8/17) for Tuesday Night at the Museum. This year our events focus on regional artists and the history of the Ogunquit art colony. And if you are a member, admission is free! (With a couple of exceptions: see the listings below.)

Now hear this! The museum has installed a new sound system especially for the viewing of films. Come and take a listen and let us know how you like it.

Due to limited parking space we encourage car-pooling whenever possible. The museum will be open at 6 PM for all 7 pm programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free to OMAA members, as well as non-members with Museum admission.

black triangle Tuesday, July 6, at 7 pm
Fairfield Porter: Painting and Poetry
A lecture by Carl Little


Fairfield Porter, Island Farmhouse

In the 35 years since his death, Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) has gained stature as a major American painter. We have learned a great deal about his life through his letters and Justin Spring's biography. Click here to read more about Fairfield Porter.

In his slide talk, author and art critic Carl Little will review Porter’s achievements, with a special focus on the art inspired by Great Spruce Head Island. He will weave in readings from the diaries and poetry of James Schuyler, who lived with the Porter family for more than a decade.


Carl Little has published a number of art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England, Paintings of Maine, and Beverly Hallam: An Odyssey in Art. He contributed an essay to the catalogue for the retrospective exhibition “Bernard Langlais: Independent Spirit” at the Portland Museum of Art in 2002. His reviews and articles appear in a range of regional and national publications, from Maine Home + Design and Art New England to Ornament and Art in America. He recently received the Maine Crafts Association’s first award for scholarly contributions to the field of craft in Maine.

 

black triangle Tuesday, July 13, at 7 pm
Collectors and Connoisseurs
A memorial lecture by Colleene Fesko, with special reference to Selma Koss Holtz

Colleene Fesko is a Boston-based independent consultant and broker specializing in 19th- and 20th-century American and European fine art. Her experience includes more than two decades with Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, Boston, and as an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since its inaugural season. In addition, she has appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, teaches Art History at Mt. Ida College in Boston, and lectures widely on art and the art market. Ms. Fesko knew and collaborated with Selma Koss Holtz for a number of years. Click here to read more about Colleene Fesko.

 

black triangle Tuesday, July 20, at 7 pm
Two Tons
A gallery talk with exhibiting artist John Bisbee

Sculptor John Bisbee will talk about his work on exhibit in OMAA’s Sculpture Gallery. Chad McDermid writes, “John’s sculptures stem from a single event which occurred in 1988. Overturning a five-gallon bucket of rusty nails, the artist discovered that years of oxidation had fused the nails together and they emerged as a single mass. This cylindrical chunk, molded by the bucket’s inside, became the impetus for all of Bisbee’s works to follow.” The 12-inch spikes used in all of his one-ton sculptures are welded into molds or repeated in patterns creating forms, which are both naturalistic and geometric. Bisbee teaches at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Click here to read more about sculptor John Bisbee.

Program Sponsor: Carole Aaron
Photo Credit: Margot D. Miller, The Bowdoin Orient

 

black triangle Tuesday, July 27, at 7 pm
Art of the Word: Four Poets and a Guitar

A performance of poetry and music

At the time of his inauguration as New Hampshire Poet Laureate, Walter E. Butts said, “I really believe that poetry in many many ways is the form that is closest to expressing the human condition and the human spirit.” Click here to read more about Walter E. Butts.

W.E. is joined by his wife, S. Stephanie, as well as current and previous Portsmouth Poet Laureates Mark DeCarteret and Mimi White in reading their luminous poetry. With many volumes of poetry to their credit this group of four will bring a wide breadth of style and emotion to their readings. Poet, painter and musician Chris Volpe will set the scene with selections on his acoustic guitar.

 

black triangle Tuesday, August 3, at 7 pm
Reminiscences: The Ogunquit Art Colony 1945-1970
A panel discussion lead by OMAA Director Ron Crusan

Moderated by OMAA Director Ron Crusan, a panel of artists including George Burk, Dewitt Hardy, Pat Hardy, Evelyne Neill, Isabel Lewando and model Joan White will talk about life within the Ogunquit Art Colony. With memories of Edward Betts, Robert Laurent, Henry Strater and other artists working in the area from the time that the art colony flourished and the early decades after the Museum was established. This event includes a book signing for Ogunquit Then & Now by Susan D. Meffert, Cathryn M. Severson and Marie D. Natoli.

Photo courtesy Portland Press Herald

 

black triangle Tuesday, August 10, at 7 pm
Koolhaas HouseLife

Film and discussion lead by Carole A. Wilson

Renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas designed a home for a French CEO who was disabled due to an automobile accident. The home in Bordeaux is now uninhabited, but kept up by a charming and delightful “house mother” who takes us on a tour of the incredible technological advances that kept the owner living in an almost “normal” environment.

Maine architect Carole A. Wilson, whose stunning homes in Cape Porpoise and other areas of the state have won numerous awards, has studied the work of Rem Koolhaas and will lead a discussion about the movie with members of the audience. Click here to read more about Carole A. Wilson.

Note: The OMAA now features a new sound system especially for the viewing of films!

 

black triangle Tuesday, August 17, at 12:30 pm
The Ogunquit Art Colonies and Modernism

Brown bag lunch and gallery talk with OMAA Director Ron Crusan

The Ogunquit art colonies were in the forefront of American Modernism. The movement flourished and grew as artists returned from their sojourns abroad in the late 19th and early 20th century. They brought the influence of European colleagues but defined their work with a uniquely American style.

Using works from the collection as illustration, OMAA Director Ron Crusan will talk about the influence of modernism on painters who created in the local art colonies under Hamilton Easter Field and Charles Woodbury.

Bring your lunch and join in the discussion!

 

black triangle Tuesday, August 24, at 7 pm
Camille Claudel

A classic art film

Nominated for two Academy Awards and receiving 5 French César Awards, this film about the life of 19th-century sculptress Camille Claudel is based on a book by Reine-Marie Paris. Isabelle Adjani stars as Camille and Gerard Depardieu as August Rodin in this 1989 production, which is considered to be one of the most authentic depictions of mental illness in the history of film. Click here to watch a trailer for this movie. Click here to read more about this movie. Running time is 2 hours 15 minutes.

Note: The OMAA now features a new sound system especially for the viewing of films!

 

black triangle Tuesday, August 31, at 7 pm
The Listening Tour
An evening of discussion with Donna McNeil, Director of the Maine Arts Commission

The Maine Arts Commission is a state agency that receives tax monies appropriated by the State Legislature. Its mission includes encouraging and stimulating public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs in the state. This is your opportunity to learn about the state of the arts in Maine, the future of the arts and the work of the Maine Arts Commission. Donna McNeil, Director of the Maine Arts Commission, will lead discussion and answer questions. Feedback on your perception of the Commission and the effectiveness of their programs will be appreciated.

 

black triangle Tuesday, September 7, at 7 pm
Silver Roots
Flute and violin duo plays Maine roots music and classical, too.

Founded by Julliard graduates, Shawn Wyckoff (flute) and Maria Millar (violin), Silver Roots performs customized programs that draw from a mix of classical and world music, improvisation and original works. They have performed all over the northeastern U.S. from Lincoln Center and the United Nations in New York City to the Japan Foundation in Toronto. The duo has received numerous accolades for their presentations that encourage audiences to participate in their concerts through storytelling, improvisation and musical requests. Click here to read more about Silver Roots.

Entrance fee for this performance will be $15 for guests (includes entrance to the museum) and $8 for members. Reservations will be taken the day of the event starting at 10 am.

Program Sponsor: Priscilla Schwartz

 

black triangle Tuesday, September 14, at 7 pm
Dahlov Ipcar’s Marvelous Menagerie

A lecture by Carl Little

The renowned artist and children’s book author and illustrator Dahlov Ipcar began painting animals as a child in New York City. Today, at age 92, she continues to draw on a passion for all creatures great and small, painting caribou and cats, leopards and lions. Click here to read more about Dahlov Ipcar.

To mark the publication of his new book, The Art of Dahlov Ipcar, Carl Little will offer a mini-retrospective in slides of a remarkable life’s work that encompasses both farmyard and African jungle creatures. A book signing will follow the talk.

Carl Little has published a number of art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England, Paintings of Maine, and Beverly Hallam: An Odyssey in Art. He contributed an essay to the catalogue for the retrospective exhibition “Bernard Langlais: Independent Spirit” at the Portland Museum of Art in 2002. His reviews and articles appear in a range of regional and national publications, from Maine Home + Design and Art New England to Ornament and Art in America. He recently received the Maine Crafts Association’s first award for scholarly contributions to the field of craft in Maine.

 

black triangle Tuesday, September 21, at 7 pm
Peggy Bacon, A Life in Art

A lecture by Sandy Brook and Kelly Patton Brook


Peggy Bacon

Sandy (son of the late Peggy Bacon) and his wife Kelly are writing a biography of Peggy Bacon, which will include Peggy’s famous husband Alexander Brook, her father Charles Rosewell Bacon, her mother, Elizabeth Chase Bacon, as well as many of the artists of the Ash Can School in Manhattan, Woodstock and Maine in the 1920s and 1930s. We will hear first hand about their research and discoveries related to this stellar artist and writer whose work is represented in the Museum’s collections.

 

black triangle Tuesday, September 28, at 7 pm
The State Street Traditional Jazz Band
A performance by a traditional jazz band from Portland, Maine

The State Street Traditional Jazz Band plays authentic New Orleans Jazz, and traces its origins to the pioneer musicians who created the music. Bandleader Mark Finks was born and raised in Portland, but he played and recorded with the great New Orleans musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band was organized by Finks in 1988 to present programs of authentic New Orleans jazz to audiences here in New England. The band has been fortunate to count the very best traditional jazz musicians among its members playing blues, spirituals, ragtime and parade numbers as they were performed in the early days of the music.

Entrance fee for this performance will be $15 for guests (includes entrance into the museum) and $8 for members. Reservations will be taken the day of the event starting at 10AM.

Program Sponsor: York Art Association

 

 

 

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