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OMAA Art By The Sea Auction

By Lisa Aubin Chair, 2020 Art By The Sea Auction & Fundraiser  If you know Ogunquit, you know our beautiful town features amazing restaurants, retail shops, lodging establishments, sandy beaches, scenic spots like the Marginal Way, and a reputation for warm hospitality (fun fact: Ogunquit has hosted a number of celebrities as well, including a young Bette Davis, who was a lifeguard here in 1926,…

In Remembrance: Arnie Ginsburg

OMAA’s Board of Directors is saddened to report the passing of a past board member and longtime friend of the museum. Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg passed away at age 93 on June 26, 2020. After a successful career in radio (Arnie was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2008), he retired to…

OMAA Online: ARTifacts – Charles Woodbury: Open Studio #2

Welcome back to OMAA Online and our Artifacts Series! OMAA Curator and Collections Manager Ruth Greene-McNally takes you through Charles Woodbury: Open Studio, an installation re-imagining Woodbury’s workspace as it appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Founder of the  Ogunquit Summer School of Drawing and Painting, Woodbury is  credited with establishing Ogunquit’s reputation…

OMAA Online: ARTifacts – Vanitas Vita Beauty & Brevity

Welcome back to OMAA Online and our Artifacts Series! Today, artist Kathleen Speranza creates a floral arrangement with Curator and Collections Manager Ruth Greene-McNally. Set against the backdrop of “Vanitas Vita: Kathleen Speranza,” OMAA’s current exhibition of Speranza’s ethereal floral still-life paintings, the artist discusses her work, its relationship to 17th-century Dutch vanitas paintings and…

OMAA Online: ARTifacts – Abstract Art for Younger Audiences

Welcome back to OMAA Online and our Artifacts Series! Today, join OMAA Curator and Collections Manager Ruth Greene-McNally as she discusses a Cubist-inspired watercolor painting by Romare Bearden. In celebration of the close of the school year, the video includes an outdoor drawing exercise appropriate for younger audiences.

OMAA Online: ARTifacts Kathleen Speranza Vanitas Vita

Welcome back to OMAA Online and our ARTifacts Series. Today’s behind-the-scenes tour explores the connection between 17th- century Dutch vanitas paintings and the still life florals of contemporary artist Kathleen Speranza. Enjoy this curator-led, installation preview and be sure to share your questions and thoughts in the comment line. “Vanitas Vita: Kathleen Speranza” opens to the public on July 1st along with “Light Southerly: Henry Strater in Verde Valley“; The View from Narrow Cove”; “Charles Woodbury: Open Studio” ;“Nocturne: Emily Nelligan” and “After Party: Andy Rosen.”

Who You Know and Where You Go

Romare Bearden is noted for his paintings and collages specific to the African American experience. His imagery frequently references the “great migration” of Black American citizens from the South to the North, themes that prompted Downtown Gallery director Edith Halpert to represent greater numbers of Black artists in a series of exhibitions in New York between 1930-1950.

Amanda Lahikainen, PhD, Named Executive Director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

OGUNQUIT, MAINE. David Mallen, President of the Board of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) announced today that Amanda Lahikainen, PhD, has been appointed as the museum’s new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2020.  The board unanimously approved the appointment on March 23, 2020. Dr. Lahikainen is currently Chair of the Art Department and…

Ogunquit Museum Shows Sculpture That Changes Tradition

Maine Home & Design SHOWCASE, By Emma Simard September 2019 With the start of spring, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art opened its doors for the season. One of their 2019 highlights is sculpturist Sebastian Martorana’s first-ever solo exhibition in New England: Subject Matters: Sebastian Martorana in Sculpture. The Baltimore-based contemporary artist takes a direct…

Ogunquit Museum of American Art to Receive a $2 Million Legacy Gift

Ogunquit Museum of American Art getting $2 Million Legacy Gift Portland Press Herald By Ray Routhier The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is getting a gift of nearly $2 million from one of its board members, the organization announced Friday. The gift comes from Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, who grew up in Portland and was a co-founder…

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