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Ogunquit Art Colony

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, marine artists Charles Woodbury (1864-1940) became one of the most influential artists to work in Ogunquit, Maine and in Boston. He settled in Boston for his winter studio and spent his summers in the small fishing village of Ogunquit, Maine; there he founded one of the most successful of the summer art colony schools that even survived his death. In July, 1898, he opened his "Ogunquit Summer School of Drawing and Painting". Woodbury would teach there for thirty-six summers, enrolling between sixty and one hundred students in a six-week course of "painting and drawing from nature." The success of his art school secured Ogunquit's reputation as one of America's preeminent summer art colonies. It brought many of the most important American artists of the first half of the twentieth-century to visit and work in Ogunquit such as Mabel May Woodward (1877-1945) and Anne Carlton (1878-1968). Miss Woodward, a Providence RI native, is most well known for her beach scenes, which often prominently feature groups of children and families enjoying the fine weather. Miss Carlton is famous for her fluent brushwork in the style of the post-impressionists. Her robust colors and forceful execution of oil pigments are remarkably close to the work of one mentor, Charles Woodbury.

Stop by the gallery to see our collection of Charles Woodbury, Mabel May Woodward and Anne Carleton paintings.

Artist: Anne Carleton
Title: W.P.A. Workers, Portsmouth, N.H.
Medium: Oil on board, Signed lower left, 12" x 16

Artist: Charles Woodbury
Title: Ocean View near Perkins Cove, Oqunquit Maine
Medium: class sketch 1911, oil on canvas, signed lower right, dated 1911 inscr. lower right, original frame 20¼" x 27¼"

Artist: Mabel May Woodward
Title: A Country Lane
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower right, 9.5" x 12 sight

Artist: Mabel May Woodward
Title: Young Boy String Fishing
Medium: oil on canvas, signed lower left, 11" x 7½"