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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Culture Vulture Returns from an art tour of the 'Dirigo' State

Captain Upton's House, by Edward Hopper
...specifically at Brunswick and Kennebunkport.

Brunswick is far more congenial--and YUP-ified--since callow undergraduate C.V. sampled the lethal hot dogs at Mike's Place, the paste-board pizza at Bill's Class A Restaurant, and the so-thinly-sliced-as to-be-translucent roast beef in the Dining room of the Eagle Hotel.

After a liesurely lunch at Scarlet Begonias, one of the town's many excellent modern eateries, C.V. and the Mrs. headed up sunny Main Street to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, to view Edward Hopper's Maine, among other shows.

The Hopper exhibit, which runs to October 16, is comprised of 90 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints which Hopper produced in Maine between 1914 and 1929.

A companion show, Hopper's Contemporaries: Artists in New England, features works by John Marin, Rockwell Kent, Andrew Wyeth, and George Bellows, and runs until September 11.

Talk about an embarassment of riches !

And as if the above were not enough, the C.V. and the Mrs. also took in Masterpieces of European Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum, 10 paintings by arists such as Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Giuseppe Ribera, and Aelbert Cuyp, all on long-term loan from the Wadsworth and recently installed at the Museum.


At Bowdoin's Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, we found an insipiring selection of Canadian Inuit Art, from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection. The Inuit prints and sculpture  co-habit with the permanent Peary-MacMillan Arctic exhibits in Hubbard Hall, just steps away from the Museum. 

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On a dark, windy, rain-filled day--a precursor of Hurricane Irene--we hied to Kennebunkport's shops and galleries, among the latter, the cozy Landmark and the more extensive Mast Cove Galleries.

At the Landmark, we found a wide variety of excellent landscapes, like this Charles Movalli painting of Port Clyde.

At the Mast Cove, we found several canvases by Michael Zigmond, one of the C.V.'s all-time favorites, whose work the C.V. had previously admired at the Chase Gallery in Boston. The painting shown at right, Nasturtium Bouquet, was well beyond C.V.'s price range (sigh), and had sold well before his arrival anyway (sigh).