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Rector’s ‘Value of Thought’ at Ogunquit

Sep 25, 2017
"Down East" is a 2017 oil on linen by Alison Rector.

Ogunquit — The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is exhibiting a group of luminous oil paintings by Monroe’s Alison Rector in a show titled “The Value of Thought.” Eighteen oil paintings celebrate the beauty and serenity of Maine’s public library buildings, on view through Oct. 31.

Rector, an artist known for her paintings of interiors, has been inspired by Maine’s public libraries — in particular the Carnegie libraries, of which there are 20 anchoring many Maine villages and towns. By the early 20th century, a Carnegie library often was the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities.

Since 2014, Rector has created more than 40 oil paintings of these shared spaces dedicated to learning and reflection. The Maine painter and printmaker splits her time between Waldo County and South Portland. She is a 1982 graduate of Brown University, where her degree included coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely connected to two of America’s earliest art colonies that directly contributed to the roots of American modernism, OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. A short walk from Perkins Cove, the museum, 543 Shore Road, and its three acres of sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean.

Rector’s exhibit at the Ogunquit Museum is sponsored by Greenhut Galleries in Portland. OMAA is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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