Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A trip to the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit

CAPRICCIO: (Noun) Fancy, Whimsy. A musical piece in free form usually lively in tempo and brillant in style.
                                                                      -Websters Dictionary

The air is different in Ogunquit post Labor Day. The crowds are less maddening and the absence of school age children is apparent. It is also the time of year that Ogunquit celebrates Capriccio, A two-week long celebration of the arts. Events include: performing arts, lectures, film, and fine arts. I decided to go to Ogunquit's Barn Gallery.

The Barn Gallery, is not a barn, but a modern mid-century museum type edifice, built in 1958 with a welcoming array rainbow banners. The Barn Gallery is a non-profit cultural institution that fosters artists and hosts chamber music concerts, art films, workshops, art lectures and panel discussions. The Barn Gallery is administered by the Ogunquit Arts Collaborative.

The Barn Gallery features local renowned artists like: Norman West, Jayne Adams, Ted Jaslow, Hara Harding and Russel Whitten. Artists are allowed to have two pieces of art to display. The gallery has three exhibition rooms that are well lit with an abundance of natural light.
I enjoy this "museum" type of gallery. The variety of artists and subject matter is intriguing and inspiring. All artwork is for sale, and there is also a small gallery with smaller pieces for sale from exhibiting artists.

The Barn Gallery also features a terrace with a variety of sculptures, bas reliefs and other interesting mid-century furniture.  Autumn is in the air, and its the time of year that we love in Ogunquit. While visiting Ogunquit Beach Inn, the  Barn Gallery is also worth a visit!

The Details:
The Barn Gallery
Bourne Gallery at Shore Road
Ogunquit, ME 03907
Telephone 207.646.8400
Open 11 to 5pm, Sunday 1 - 5pm
Admission is free, donations accepted.
Well worth a visit if you are a lover of art. Gallery has juried art selections, many are local renowned artists. The Barn Gallery is part of the Ogunquit Art Association, Maine's oldes artists' group, founded by Charles Woodbury.

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