Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum opens for the season

Jun 06, 2018
Edwin H. Gunn's painting of Marshall Point LIghthouse is an oil on canvas.

Port Clyde — The Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum is open for the season. Set on a rocky point at the end of the St. George peninsula, the lighthouse guards the confluence of the St. George River and the Gulf of Maine. It is a sentinel for the harbor of Port Clyde and looks out on many islands, including Monhegan.

This year, in addition to the newly refurbished light tower, guests will be able to view the restored oil painting, above, by Edwin H. Gunn, which belonged to Marion Gray and was donated to the lighthouse at her passing in 2017, by her niece, Jean Burke.

Gunn, a New York City-based artist who studied at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design, specialized in the Impressionist style. He used bright colors and thick paint to create urban scenes and landscapes. Gunn had a summer home in Port Clyde, where he painted the iconic Marshall Point Lighthouse. His paintings won several awards, and he exhibited with the American Watercolor Society, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Some of his works may be seen at the Museum of the City of New York.

Restoration work on the painting of the Marshall Point Lighthouse was completed by Lewis Preservation Services LLC. Owner Lauren Lewis not only cleaned the painting, but was able to repair damage to the canvas and restore areas where paint had lifted and flaked.

Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum is open daily Sunday through Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

To reach Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum from Route 1, go south on Route 131 to Drift Inn Beach Road, turn left and then right on Marshall Point Road, which ends at the lighthouse.

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