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, Friday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. The tour will begin at the museum’s Wyeth Center, on the corner of Union and Grace streets, 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 18th century. In addition to works by the Wyeths, the exhibition 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. through August, museum staff gives special gallery tours of specific exhibitions, all free with admission and no advance reservations required. For more information about upcoming special gallery tours, or other Farnsworth Art Museum programming, visit or call the Education Department at 596-0949.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or