Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and Web site for further information. All listings must include an image. Electronic images are preferred, but we can accept photographs or slides. The information may be e-mailed to <email@example.com> or mailed to Exhibitions, Maine Antique Digest, PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572.
The National Museum of American Illustration is hosting The American Muse, an exhibition featuring artists who portrayed feminine beauty. Among the artists is Charles Dana Gibson, whose renditions of ideal women known as “Gibson girls” embodied the allure and spirit of the increasingly independent American woman. Other artists with works on view include Harrison Fisher, James Montgomery Flagg, and Walter Granville Smith.
The museum is located at Vernon Court at 492 Bellevue Avenue in Newport and is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and members of the military, $12 for students, $8 for children ages 5-12, and free for members. (Children under age 5 are not admitted.) For more information, call (401) 851-8949 or visit (www.americanillustration.org).
The National Academy hosts William Trost Richards: Visions of Land and Sea. Richards, known for his landscapes and seascapes, was associated with both the Hudson River school and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. More than 60 watercolors, oils, and works on paper are on view.
The National Academy Museum is located at 1083 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and for students with valid ID. Children under 12, members, and students of the National Academy School are admitted at no charge. For more information, call (212) 369-4880 or visit (www.nationalacademy.org).
The Florence Griswold Museum hosts Animal/Vegetable/Mineral: An Artist’s Guide to the World, an exhibit that explores three recurring themes in American art.Arecent press release states that “the exhibition takes both its name and organizing principle from a children’s game that presumes the whole of the world can be neatly divided into three categories—the animal, the vegetable, and the mineral. Artists use many tools to understand, document, and describe the world around them. Animal/Vegetable/Mineral explores the unexpected dialogues that can occur among eclectic works of art that use very different tools to ask similar questions about the character of their subjects, the ordering of the natural world, and the material qualities of things.” The exhibition includes 105 works ranging from an early Ammi Phillips portrait to a recent projection of geometric patterns over a still life by artist Sascha Braunig.
The Florence Griswold Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street in Old Lyme. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on July 4. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call (860) 434-5542 or visit (www.flogris.org).
The New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents Sailing Home! Marine Paintings 18th Century to Present. More than 100 marine and coastal paintings are on view. Artists include Alfred T. Bricher (1837-1908), Emile Gruppe (1896-1978), William Pierce Stubbs (1842-1909), and Anthony Thieme (1888-1954). Sailor’s valentines, bosun whistles, and ship models can also be seen.
The co-op is located at 323 Elm Street in Milford and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (603) 673-8499 or visit (www.nhantiquecoop.com).
The Warren County History Center presents Downton Abbey in America. The exhibit features clothing from the museum’s collection dating from 1912 to the 1930’s. When choosing the vintage apparel, the exhibit’s creators had in mind the popular British television series Downton Abbey, and they selected outfits suitable for everyone from Lady Mary to Daisy the kitchen maid.
The Warren County Historical Society is located at 105 South Broadway in Lebanon. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $3.50 for students under 18. For more information, call (513) 932-1817 or visit (www.wchsmuseum.org).
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announces its 2013exhibition, Albert Bierstadt in New York and New England. The exhibit offers viewers an opportunity to see “the artist’s faithful depictions of botanical and geological details in the unspoiled wilderness, mountains, and meadows in the White Mountains, Hudson Valley, and in New England and New York.” A catalog accompanies the show.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is located at 218 Spring Street in Catskill and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The main house and studio are open by guided tour (first come, first served) with the last tour leaving at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and for students with ID, and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call (518) 943-7465 or visit (www.thomascole.org).
The American Clock & Watch Museum and Strickland Vintage Watches present Art Deco Timepieces: Treasures of the Jazz Age, celebrating the design elements portrayed in the timepieces and advertisements of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Guest curator Bill Strickland said, “Watch manufacturers...produced exquisite and attainable examples of Art Deco mastery. This exhibit is a celebration of their triumph, the ‘Golden Age’ of timepieces and design.”
The museum is located at 100 Maple Street in Bristol and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children 8 to 17, and free for children 7 and under. There is a family rate of $15 for two adults and two children. For more information, call (860) 583-6070 or visit (www.clockandwatchmuseum.org).
The Gunn Memorial Museum shares Coming to America: Washington’s Swedish Immigrants. The influx of Swedes to the small town of Washington, Connecticut, began in the 1870’s. Many of the immigrants found employment on local farms and estates owned by wealthy New Yorkers. By 1910 Swedes accounted for 22% of the town’s population, and many of their descendants still reside there. Local artifacts and photographs are on display.
The museum is located at 5 Wykeham Road in Washington. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (860) 868-7756 or visit (www.gunnlibrary.org).
Originally published in the July 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest