The Wyeth Experience returns

Jul 01, 2018
Photo by: Sarah Szwajkos Tour-goers will experience Andrew Wyeth’s world by examining the strong attraction the Olson House held for the artist for more than 30 years.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special series of tours titled The Wyeth Experience beginning Friday, July 6. These intimate three-hour tours will include the museum’s Wyeth Center exhibitions; as well as the Olson House in Cushing, where Andrew Wyeth painted for three decades.

Tours will take place Friday and Saturday mornings through September, beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the museum’s Wyeth Center and ending back at the museum at 12:45 p.m.

The tour will begin at the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center with an intimate look at select works by all three generations of Wyeth painters: Andrew; his father N.C.; and his son Jamie. Participants and guide will continue to Cushing for an in-depth tour of the Olson House, taken by van through the Maine countryside past landmarks relevant to Wyeth’s Maine subject matter.

A comprehensive tour of the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and its surrounding grounds, will highlight the relationship that Andrew Wyeth had with the property. The Olson House is the subject of approximately 300 of his works including the iconic tempera “Christina’s World” (1948), owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth’s drawings, watercolors and tempera paintings featuring Christina, her brother and the house itself occupied the artist from 1939 through 1968. Wyeth died in 2009 and is buried in a small cemetery within sight of the house.

Tours are limited to 12. The cost is $50, $35 for Farnsworth members, and includes admission to the museum. Due to limited access to these tours, no refunds will be given with less than 48 hours notice. For more information or to book a tour, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

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

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