The Farnsworth Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will open a major exhibition, Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson’s North Haven, on Sun. June 17, 2012. The show, comprising approximately 70 works, will focus on how Benson’s art was affected by his life on North Haven, the dreamy island in Penobscot Bay where he created the majority of his brilliant, sun-drenched Impressionist paintings.
Benson launched his etching career and began painting watercolors at his North Haven summer home, Wooster Farm. This exhibition comprises his paintings, both oil and watercolor, drypoints, etchings, and lithographs and will illustrate the important ways in which life on North Haven affected his art. Guest Curator Faith Andrews Bedford organized the exhibition, which has a fully illustrated catalog published by Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc.
If you join the museum, you’ll be able to attend a members-only preview and reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on June 16.
Intrigued by Benson’s works and want to learn more about the artist? The Farnsworth has a slate of lectures and talks that complement the exhibit, which will be on view through Oct. 21, 2012.
• Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m. Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson’s North Haven, a lecture by Guest Curator Faith Andrews Bedford;
• Friday, July 13 at 1 p.m., Gallery Tour: Impressionist Summers: Frank W. Benson’s North Haven with Guest Curator Faith Andrews Bedford;
• Wednesday, August 1 at 1 p.m., Gallery Tour: Frank Benson’s Impressionism with Chief Curator Michael Komanecky;
• Wednesday, August 8 at 1 p.m., Gallery Tour: The Watercolors of Frank W. Benson with Assistant Curator Jane Bianco;
• Wednesday, August 22, 1 p.m. Gallery Tour: Frank Benson’s Wooster Farm: Inside and Out with Chief Curator Michael Komanecky;
• Friday, September 7 at 1 p.m. Gallery Tour: The Etchings of Frank W. Benson with Assistant Curator Jane Bianco.
Consider pairing seeing the exhibition with a day trip to North Haven, (see reports from my trips here and here) 13 miles off shore via ferry from Rockland. Consider bringing a bicycle if you want to tour the island beyond the village.