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Culture & Cocktails
Anchorage by the Sea to Launch Culture & Cocktails Artist Program
This family-owned resort will honor the cultural history of Ogunquit’s seaside community with an ongoing monthly program to highlight the arts
OGUNQUIT, Maine July 8, 2022— Anchorage by the Sea, a fixture within Ogunquit’s hospitality industry, is opening the doors of its Lightship Building Saturday, July 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Shore Road to celebrate the arts by highlighting local Maine-based artists.
Abstract painter Neill Ewing-Wegman (http://www.neillewingwegmann.com/) will kick-off this ongoing monthly series as the first “artist in residence” for July and also on Saturday, August 27, 2022 with his work “In Our Dreams.” He (and other artists) will be on hand each month to discuss their work with the public, with the accompaniment of music and specialty cocktails in the courtyard. The program allows people to gather and enjoy art and discussion in a relaxed setting. The work will remain on display in the Lightship Meeting Room for visiting groups to the hotel.
Ogunquit, known to its native people as the “beautiful place by the sea,” became a popular destination for artists in the 20th century who wished to capture the raw beauty of its landscapes. The area fostered two schools of art in response: the Ogunquit Summer School of Drawing and Painting (founded by Charles Woodbury) and the Ogunquit Summer School of Graphic Arts, developed by Hamilton Easter Field, a student of Woodbury’s.
“Showcasing the arts by offering our community and guests a meaningful experience that’s intrinsic to Ogunquit via this outlet was a natural choice for us,” Anchorage by the Sea Owner Mitch Ramsey says.
The new event—which will be held one night each month on a Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.—will feature artists in a variety of mediums. There is no charge to view the art and listen to music. Cocktails will be available for sale. Foot traffic is welcomed. Visitors that are not guests of the hotel should park in public parking lots.