On Saturday, June 11, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a major summer exhibition in the museum’s Wyeth Center, at the corner of Union and Grace streets. “Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House” is scheduled to run through Oct. 30.

The timing of the new exhibition is significant in that it marks the 20th anniversary of the Farnsworth’s acquisition of the Olson House, which has been recommended to be named a National Historic Landmark in 2011. The exhibition will feature watercolors and drawings depicting Alvaro and Christina Olson and the Cushing house in which they lived. The focus will be on their lives at what has become known as the Olson House, as seen through the eyes of American master Andrew Wyeth.

The exhibition’s works not only will include interior and exterior views of the house and the surrounding site — captured in Wyeth’s iconic painting “Christina’s World.” which hangs at the Museum of Modern Art and will not be a part of this exhibition due to conservation concerns — but also preparatory drawings for the famed work. Thirty-eight of the featured watercolors and drawings are on loan from the collection of the prestigious Marunuma Art Park in Asaka, Japan.

According to Christopher J. Brownawell, director of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the exhibition will offer visitors the unique opportunity of experiencing the Olson House through the eyes of Wyeth, as well as a chance to explore the very house that inspired him for more than three decades. “Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House” is organized by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky, with a fully illustrated catalog published by the Farnsworth Art Museum in association with Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc.

The exhibition opening will be celebrated on Friday, June 10, at a members-only preview and reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Wyeth Center. Primary media sponsor for this world-class exhibition is Down East magazine, books and online. The exhibition also is made possible in part through the generous support of lead sponsors Tina and Joe Pyne; Arete Foundation/Betsy and Ed Cohen. Additional exhibition support was provided by Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles; F. Eugene Dixon; and Mr. and Mrs. George Twigg III.

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 moer than 10,000 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. Two National Register historic sites, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. For more information on current exhibitions, programs and events, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.