Art and Culture at Ogunquit Maine Museums
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Art and Culture at Ogunquit Maine Museums

Arts & Culture in Ogunquit, Maine

Ogunquit is a small hamlet, it’s true, but it punches very much above its weight when it comes to arts and culture. As a guest of ours at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Milestone, the Juniper Hill Inn or the Cottage at Acorn Lane this fall, you’ll be nice and close to some fantastic museums and galleries right along our charming stretch of New England coastline. Here’s a look at just a sampling of them!

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (543 Shore Road)

One of the most celebrated art museums in Maine, this institution was founded back in 1953 by the artist Henry Strater, a member of the so-called “Lost Generation” who counted Ernest Hemingway among his friends. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, which features a wide variety of works of different media and styles by American artists from the late 19th century onward, builds upon the legacy of Ogunquit’s famous early art colonies.

Current exhibitions running through October—the final month of the museum’s 2019 season—include Subject Matters: Sebastian Martorana in Sculpture, drawing from the sculptor’s private and studio collections; Eating Flowers: Sensations of Cig Harvey, the debut solo museum exhibition of the contemporary artist’s work; and The View From Narrow Cove, spotlighting highlights of the museum’s permanent collection, including many new acquisitions.

The Ogunquit Heritage Museum (86 Obeds Lane)

Open June through October, the Ogunquit Heritage Museum focuses on the history and culture of the Beautiful Place by the Sea in its historic digs in the 19th-century Captain James Winn House. Exhibits cover everything from Ogunquit’s fishing and lobstering traditions to its architectural heritage; the museum also displays an authentic restoration of a classic Ogunquit Dory.

Panache Fine Jewelry & Art Gallery (307 Main Street)

Opened in 1995, the Panache Gallery showcases original artwork, fantastic and varied items of home decor, and one of the region’s most extensive selections of handcrafted jewelry.

Black Bear Fine Art (309 Shore Road)

Black Bear Fine Art, which calls the historic Thompson House home, showcases the woodcuts of resident Ogunquit artist Don Gorvett as well as lovely pieces by other New England painters and printmakers. There’s also a working printmaking studio here, which serves as an occasional classroom.

Enjoy Accommodations in the Beautiful Place by the Sea While Appreciating Local Arts & Culture

Book directly with us today and save for a stay at the Gorges Grant Hotel, the Milestone, the Juniper Hill Inn or the Cottage at Acorn Lane, and enjoy easy access to the Ogunquit area’s top-notch museums, galleries, and performance venues!