Endless summer at Farnsworth
Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum has announced that, due to the popularity of this summer’s exhibitions, two have been extended into December.
“Impressionist Summers,” a show of approximately 70 works examining how Frank W. Benson’s art was affected by his life on North Haven, will be on display through Dec. 30; and “The Homestead Project,” which includes the works of 10 architects and architectural designers ,will continue through Dec. 9. The third major Farnsworth exhibition, “Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan” at the Wyeth Center, will continue its scheduled run through Dec. 30.
“Impressionist Summers” examines Benson's long and productive career in the context of his life and work at his summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, 13 miles off the coast of Rockland. It was there that he created almost all of his brilliant, sun-drenched paintings. The exhibition, organized by Guest Curator Faith Andrews Bedford, is made possible through the generous support of Ms. Faith Andrews Bedford and Mr. Robert F. Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi, Charles and Julia Bolton, Christie’s, Lizbeth and George Krupp, Machias Savings Bank, Grant and Carol Nelson, Margaret L. Shaw, and Mr. and Mrs. David Webb.
The firms represented in “The Homestead Project” include Henry N. Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects. Participants were asked to design a fictional residence for a 2012 family based on that of William Farnsworth, a successful New England businessman, his wife and three young children who moved to Rockland in 1850. Participating architectural teams were asked to design a virtual “Farnsworth Homestead,” taking into consideration the surrounding museum block all the while balancing elements of privacy with public exposure. This exhibition is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of A.E. Sampson & Son, Bench Dogs, Inc., Cold Mountain Builders, J.C. Stone, Inc., Marvin Windows and Doors, Thos. Moser Fine Furniture, Tidewater Millwork and Windsor Chairmakers.
Primary media sponsor for both extended exhibitions is Maine Home + Design. For more information, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.
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