September E-Newsletter

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Exhibition focus
Matinicus: The Place Beyond opens at Julia's Gallery
Curator's Choice gallery talk
Museum attendance soars
Museum Store special
Membership is the smart way to enjoy the museum
Think outside the box!
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Exhibition focus

HopeRobert Indiana and the Star of Hope 
through October 25, 2009
This major exhibition on renowned American artist Robert Indiana is drawn almost exclusively from his extensive holdings at the Star of Hope, his home and studio and former Oddfellows Lodge on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. The exhibition is
accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue distributed by Yale University Press with essays by prominent curator and historian of American art, John Wilmerding, on Indiana's work dating from his move to Vinalhaven to the present, and by Farnsworth Interim Director and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky on the Star of Hope. There is also a new documentary film on the artist entitled A Visit to the Star of Hope-Conversations with Robert Indiana, by filmmaker Dale Schierholt, shown continuously in the museum auditorium and on sale at the Museum Store.

(Above: Robert Indiana, HOPE, 2008; stainless steel; collection of Michael McKenzie)

The Farnsworth gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of the exhibition Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope: funded in part by a generous gift from Mrs. F. Eugene Dixon; funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; primary media sponsor is Down East magazine, books, & online. Primary sponsors for Live at Night at the Farnsworth are Bangor Savings Bank and VillageSoup.

A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth
gh October 18, 2009
This summer the Fa
rnsworth is celebrating the life of Andrew Wyeth. A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth features over 30 Maine paintings that span Wyeth's career from the 1930s to his most recent work.

Continuing exhibitions: N.C. Wyeth--Painter and Illustrator, November 15, 2009; Achieving American Art--American Art Between the Wars, through January 24, 2010; Louise Nevelson, through January 24, 2010; Alex Katz Early Paintings, ongoing


Matinicus: The Place Beyond

opens at Julia's Gallery
Matinicus: The Place Beyond
Photographs by Max, Emma, Fiona, Zeke, Isabella and Lydia
Thursday, September 24-Saturday, October 31

Julia's Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Matinicus Island School are pleased to present the exhibition Matinicus: The Place Beyond. This photographic celebration of island life represents the work of six island students, ages 6 to 14 years, who used a song that they wrote about life on Matinicus as a basis for their photographs. The exhibition is the culminating show of a two-year program called Building Bridges, made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Matinicus: The Place Beyond is the second and final traveling show in the Building Bridges program and opened with a community celebration at the Matinicus Island Church on July 31. All 30 compelling photographs--featuring boots, lobster traps, spring lupine and other island icons--drew their inspiration from Matinicus Island Song, written by the students themselves. The exhibition is a result of a six-month photography project led by Charlotte Dixon of Maine Media Workshops, teacher Heather Wells, Island Institute Fellow Lana Cannon and artist Maury Colton. Each student was given a digital camera and learned how cameras "write with light." Their investigations spanned the history of photography from the primitive camera obscura to modern-day digital cameras. On a visit to the Farnsworth in April, they also participated in a special workshop with photographer Chris Pinchbeck whose photographs were represented in the exhibition Four in Maine.

Opening reception: Thursday, September 24, 5-7 p.m., Julia's Gallery, corner of Union and Elm Streets, in Rockland. The reception is open to the public free of charge.

Julia's Gallery hours:
Wednesday-Friday, 3-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

(Above: photograph details left to right by Max, Emma, Fiona, Zeke, Isabella and Lydia)


Curator's Choice gallery talk


Seeing Clues in the Terrain

with Jane Bianco
Wednesday, September 9, 1 p.m.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will continue its Curator's Choice series of gallery talks with a closer look at landscapes completed around 1935 by Marguerite Zorach, Marsden Hartley, Allen Erskine Philbrick, and Carol Thayer Berry, all of whom worked in Maine. The talk, the ninth in the series, will be hosted by the museum's curatorial assistant, Jane Bianco.
Curator's Choice is a series which takes place on the second Wednesday of the month, inviting participants to look closely at great works of art with the Farnsworth's curatorial staff during intimate tours of the museum's exhibitions.

The next Curator's Choice talk will take place on October 14, at 3 p.m. with a look at the exhibition Matinicus: The Place Beyond. It will be led by Julia's Gallery teen curators and photographer Charlotte Dixon.
The gallery talks are free with museum admission. Space is limited to 20 people. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Education Department at 207-596-0949 or visit the museum's website at The tours begin at 1 p.m. at the museum's main entrance at 16 Museum Street.

(Above: Jane Bianco at a past Curator's Choice gallery talk)


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Great artists, great art, great audiences!

Farnsworth bucks predicted national trend
In mid-June, the National Endowment for the Arts released data indicating a drop in art museum attendance across the country. A similar gloomy decline was predicted in an article in the June 16 issue of The Washington Post. The Farnsworth, however, has enjoyed a 29 percent increase in attendance from January 1 through August 30 of 2009 as compared to the same time period in 2008.

This year, attendance at the museum has broken records as visitors experienced the exciting exhibitions on display. June alone saw an increase of 36 percent over last year's attendance figures. In July, 4,300 more people came through our doors than in July of 2008. This August, the galleries have been teeming with museum-goers enjoying the many exhibitions throughout the campus.

Thank you for your continued support!


Indiana catalogue

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Summer/Fall hours: From Memorial Day weekend and through Columbus Day weekend, the Farnsworth's hours are: daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Olson House hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter/Spring hours: January 6-March 31, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Monday and Tuesday; April 1-Memorial Day, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed on Monday; Wyeth Center closed from January 4 until May 15

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