Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wood Work

A short trip south...
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is indeed a hidden gem. Although I have visited the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit many times, yesterday's trip to this museum, sitting at the edge of Perkins Cove, was a first for me. Many of the pieces found within  highlighted artists from the once thriving Ogunquit art colony. There is a small collection of Wyeth's here, however Andrew's watercolors are a favorite of Elenka's, and they caught her eye. For me, the wooden sculptures of Maine treasure, Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), was the centerpiece of the exhibit. I recently watched a video and read an article about the monumental undertaking of cataloging all his work, in wood and on paper. Exciting news too. The grounds of his home and expansive studio in Cushing, Maine is going to be opening to the public this fall. It has always been exciting to drive by his home and scan the grounds for all the animals and humans. 
He even has captured President Nixon, with arms extended high above his head and both hands showing the 'V for victory sign'.
Kind of Churchillian.
"I am not a crook."

15 comments:

  1. I'd go look at those sculptures if I were in the area.

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  2. Wonderful close-up! What a treat to have all this art within a short distance of your home.

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  3. The art in the museum was only half the appeal...the museum sits right on an outcrop of rock on the ocean and the gardens! Well, the gardens....worth a trip alone!! Beautiful.

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  4. i love wyeth. but i'd like the wood carvings a lot!

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  5. What big teeth it has! I'd love to see more of this artist's work.

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  6. What a coincidence. Yesterday I mentioned having a lobster roll on the beach many, MANY years ago and that I couldn't remember where and then you mention Ogunquit today and I realize that is exactly where it was! We didn't visit the museum though. Too bad.

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  7. I could actually see this guy outside my front door.

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  8. I'd be inclined to check this museum out. Terrrific sculpture here.

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  9. Ooh, thanks for taking us along . . . so much to discover here in Maine. xx

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  10. Eons ago, I used to go to Ogunquit for weekends. It has been a long time!

    Langlais is a complete unknown to me. I need to do a bit of research.

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  11. It sounds as if you're doing a lot of "new to me" exploring these days and it sounds like a lot of fun! Looks like fun, too, if the photo is an example of it.

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  12. This is the museum that looks out to sea, yes? with that beautiful picture window? I remember that more than the art I saw there, but it's been a few years.

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