Farnsworth offers special tour of “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea”


“On the Deep Sea” by Walter Dean

On Friday, August 1, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special gallery tour of the current “The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea” exhibition by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, who curated the show. The special tour will begin at the museum’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland and is free with museum admission.

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 also includes 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.

Every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m., throughout July and August, museum staff will give special gallery tours of specific exhibitions. All of the summer gallery tours are free with admission and no advance reservations are required. For more information about upcoming special gallery tours, or other Farnsworth Art Museum programming, please visit the museum’s website or call the Education Department at (207) 596-0949.