Memorial Day Celebration of the Life and Work of Andrew Wyeth

(Rockland, ME) The Farnsworth Art Museum will be celebrating artist Andrew Wyeth throughout Memorial Day Weekend, with an exhibition and planned events that will examine both his life and his work. The Farnsworth’s long-standing association with Andrew Wyeth began in 1944, four years before the museum even opened, when it purchased watercolors by the emerging young artist out of a show at Macbeth Gallery in New York. In 1951, the museum, in collaboration with the Currier Gallery (now the Currier Museum of Art) in Manchester, New Hampshire, mounted Andrew Wyeth's first solo museum retrospective. “This series of events recognizes and honors Andy’s lifelong contributions to American art, especially his deep attachment to the people and scenic character of midcoast Maine,” said Michael K. Komanecky, Interim Director and Chief Curator of the museum. “We invite everyone to take part in what promises to be an exciting and moving weekend of events”.
 
The schedule of events surrounding the Andrew Wyeth Celebration at the Farnsworth are as follows:
 
Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Films running continuously throughout the weekend in the museum auditorium
  • Snow Hill, 1995
  • The Real World of Andrew Wyeth, 1980
  • Christina's World, 1975
 
Saturday, May 23
11 a.m.
Olson House opens for the season in Cushing, Maine (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
 
10 a.m.
The Farnsworth exhibition A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth opens at the museum Hadlock and Wyeth Study Center galleries.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Story Bank Maine will be at the Farnsworth. You may record your tribute to Andrew Wyeth. (Courtesy of the Cultural Resources and Maine Folklife Center). Advanced reservations are encouraged. Please call 207-596-6457 ext 113.
 
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion —A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth, at the Strand Theatre, Rockland. Open to the public-no reservations-no admission charge. This discussion will be moderated by Farnsworth Interim Director and Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky. The panel will include:
  • Warren Adelson, owner of Adelson Galleries, NYC
  • Bo Bartlett, artist, director of Snow Hill
  • Richard Meryman, author of Andrew Wyeth—A Secret Life
  • Peter Ralston, photographer, family friend
 
Sunday, May 24
11 a.m.
Docent Tour of the exhibition A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth at the museum
 
2 p.m.
David Rockwell speaks on his uncle Andrew Wyeth at the Olson House, in Cushing, ME
 
Monday, May 25
11 a.m.
Docent Tour of the exhibition A Tribute to Andrew Wyeth at the museum
 
2 p.m.
Docent talk at the Olson House, in Cushing, ME
 
For more information regarding any and all of these events, please visit the Farnsworth Art Museum’s new website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org/event/tribute-andrew-wyeth or call events Coordinator Niki Dabrio at 207-596-6457 ext. 143
 

Andrew Wyeth. Photo by Peter Ralston. All rights reserved

Andrew Wyeth. Photo by Peter Ralston. All rights reserved