Visiting Camden and the Farnsworth Art Museum

I’ve visited Maine’s Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockport a couple of times when we were staying in nearby Camden, and it’s proven to be a charming place to visit as well as a great family destination.  It’s probably one of my favorite museums for its overall atmosphere and the works of art it contains.

Encompassing 20,000 feet of gallery space, the Farnsworth Art Museum houses not only the largest collection of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, but also the Wyeth Center—a church building, study center and supplemental gallery space. It’s completely devoted to the works of three Wyeth men spanning three generations, including N.C. Wyeth,  his son Andrew and Andrew’s son James.

N.C. was known for his striking illustrations, including those done for Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, though he preferred to be thought of as a true painter rather than an illustrator.

King Edward done by N.C. Wyeth

Andrew’s paintings were detailed and centered on “landscapes and common people,” according to Art Cafe, while his son Jamie does memorable portraits.  Of all their works, Jamie’s paintings are my favorite.

Turkey Pond by Andrew Wyeth

Portrait of Orca Bates by James Wyeth

Just as charming as the museum itself is nearby Camden village and the town of Rockport – both have lots of nice shops.  I hope you’ll visit the Farnsworth Art Museum in your travels to Maine, and possibly soon—we do have a three-day weekend coming up!

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  • 6 years ago Megan Collins

    Camden, indeed, is a special place!! Some of our member artists create imagery from, or are inspired by, their time in Maine. Please feel free to visit our gallery in nearby Fairfield, CT. Artplace is located at 11 Unquowa Road, right off the Post Road. The New Members show opens on July 12, with the reception on July 17.

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