Exhibition Opening at the Farnsworth: The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea

  • ROCKLAND, Maine
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  • March 26, 2014

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Andrew Wyeth (American, 1917–2009) Young Fisherman and Dory, Study for To The Westward, 1944, drybrush on paper, 29¾” x 39¼”, museum purchase, 1954.906 © Andrew Wyeth

On Saturday, April 26, the Farnsworth’s Art Museum will open an exhibition entitled The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea. The exhibition of approximately thirty works will run through Sunday, December 28 at the museum’s Wyeth Center.

The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920. The Wyeths’ interests have included the coast’s dramatic shoreline and islands, including Monhegan, the lives of fishermen and farmers, and the boats, houses, barns, lighthouses and other structures scattered throughout the midcoast. Their interest in these subjects is part of a long-standing tradition of work done by artists and artisans in Maine since the eighteenth century. In addition to works by the Wyeths, the exhibition will also include a selection of paintings by James G. Babbidge, George Bellows, Walter Dean, James Fitzgerald, Rockwell Kent, Fitz Henry Lane, William Edward Norton, William Pierce Stubbs, Frederick Waugh, and Andrew Winter; and a selection of ship models that include the Red Jacket clipper ship, the seven master schooner Thomas Lawson, and the only known ship model by John Haley Bellamy. Organized by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron..

The opening will be celebrated at a members’ preview and reception which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Street in Rockland. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Anna Mae & George Twigg, III. The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Farnsworth will present three gallery tours by museum Registrar and exhibition curator Angela Waldron: on Friday, July 18, at 2 p.m.; Friday, August 1, at 2 p.m.; and Friday, August 20, at 2 p.m. These gallery tours are free with museum admission. For more information please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education or call the Education Department at 207-596-0949.

David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum
207 596 6457 ext 128

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
207 596-6457
About Farnsworth Art Museum

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead, the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

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