Fitz Henry Lane, “Camden Mountains from the South Entrance to the Harbor,” 1859, oil on canvas, 22 1/8 x 36 ¼ in., collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1997.3.30

One of the best long weekend pursuits in Maine during midwinter is to see art masterworks by American artists inspired by the Maine landscape, from Frederic Edwin Church and Fitz Henry Lane to Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Marguerite Zorach and three generations of the Wyeth family. Or maybe your tastes run to Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, or perhaps early American silver and furniture?

Lalla Essaydi, “Grand Odalisque #2”, 2008, C print, Museum Purchase with support from the Davis Family Foundation. Bates College Museum of Art

You can see all of this and so much more thanks to The Maine Art Museum Trail, an association of eight of the finest museums in the state, including the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Colby College Museum of Art, the Bates College Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the University of Maine Museum of Art and the Monhegan Museum of Art and History.  That’s a 200 mile loop for art lovers and terrific way to get into the heart of Maine. Visit The Maine Art Museum Trail.


Marsden Hartley, “Still Life with Eel,” c. 1917, oil on canvas, mounted on aluminum, Gift of Mrs. William Carlos Williams, Collection Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 1967.26