Art (40)

Midsummer guide: History bumps into current events at Pejepscot Historical Society

As Pejepscot Historical Society Executive Director Larissa Vigue Picard can attest, history is not static.The Mall in Brunswick once was a swamp "filled with beavers," the historical society notes.And the towering Gothic Revival First Parish Church next to Bowdoin College — a landmark for motorists on teeming Maine Street — traces its roots to a congregation of 1717 "when the Pejepscot Proprietors began settling the area," the historical society notes. Figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt…

Ogunquit Museum of American Art boasts hidden treasures by the sea

The original Indian settlers of what would become our state named a short stretch of the Atlantic Ocean’s coastline Ogunquit, which means “beautiful place by the sea.” The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, founded by Charles Strater in 1952, continues to be a repository of beautiful exhibits, housed at a stunning location in Narrow Cove.     The museum has been in the news lately for an impressive exhibit of Jamie Wyeth paintings from his…

Fort Gorges dips its toe in the artistic waters: 'A Long Wait' previews what a master plan could mean for Hog Island

Dancing among historic remnants of the mid-1800s; partying in full garb at a Halloween ball set in a piece of military architecture. Portland has seen its share of high-society fetes in distinctive and offbeat places. But on an island in Casco Bay that is accessible only by boat or kayak?That happened, according to Paul Drinan, executive director of the Friends of Fort Gorges. Hog Island and its defunct military fort, the crumbling but iconic Fort…

Biennial of today: PMA showcases artistic process in Maine with new exhibition

“You Can’t Get There From Here” seems a doubly apt title for the Portland Museum of Art’s 2015 Biennial, the first to be selected by an individual instead of a jury. The work selected by Alison Ferris, curator, was deliberately picked to accentuate the artistic process at play in the contemporary art scene in Maine. Its origins are in a familiar saying that sums up so many appeals for traveling directions. The theme serves to…
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