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Marginal Way Fine Art Competition & Gala
By Marginal Way Preservation Fund

U.S. National Deadline: May 15, 2020 – The town of Ogunquit, Maine has long been known as an artist’s haven with its long, sandy beach, rocky coast and scenic fishing village called Perkins Cove. The famous painter Charles Woodbury established a summer art school in Ogunquit in 1898 which offered a six-week course in painting and drawing nature. Other artists soon followed such as Edward Hopper, Hamilton Easter Field, Robert Laurent, Walt Kuhn and in 1949, Beverly Hallam who is credited with introducing acrylic to local artists.

The famous Marginal Way, a 1 ¼ mile scenic walkway along the ocean and a paradise for painters, was bequeathed to the town in 1925. This walkway encompasses breathtaking vistas of the rocky coast with small, secluded beaches and magnificent sunrises. The walkway is often dotted with aspiring and established artists attempting to recreate the splendor before them.

Access to the pathway has been compromised in recent years with devastating spring storms that threaten the integrity of the path. In 2009, an endowment fund, the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, a private 501 C (3), was established to help to preserve and maintain the path. Last year alone, the Marginal Way Preservation Fund donated over $50,000 to the town to assist in repair cost from an early spring Nor’easter.

The Marginal Way Preservation Fund is excited to launch our unique fundraiser, a Fine Art Competition and Gala of juried artwork. The Gala will be generously hosted at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Dollars raised through our Fine Art Competition will help the MWPF with its mission of supporting efforts to preserve this precious seaside vista, artists’ haven and handicapped accessible walkway for years to come.

The competition is open to visual artists, 18 years of age and older at any stage of their careers. Artists are invited to submit in any of the following mediums: painting, photography, drawing, mixed media and print that has been inspired by ‘A Love for the Ocean’ and painted within the last 3 years.

Art that is submitted to the competition will be judged by professionals established in the art world and known nationally for their contributions.

Cash prizes for the five finalists include; 1st-$5,000, 2nd-$3,000, 3rd-$1,000, (2 awarded 3rd), Honorable Mention-$500 and 1 People’s Choice award-$200. Artists can win both the People’s Choice and one of the top categories.

The 5 finalists’ works will be displayed at a Gala event held at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art on June 28th, 2020.

All 5 finalists are invited to the Gala and will also be awarded 1 night’s stay for the evening of the Gala in a 1-bedroom room for 2 at either the Anchorage by the Sea or the The Beachmere lnn in Ogunquit, ME.

Visit us online for complete details and easy online application.

The 5 finalists will be notified by email on June 13, 2020.

The Marginal Way Preservation Fund is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with its mission to build a multi-million dollar endowment for long-term conservation and preservation of Ogunquit’s popular Marginal Way. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Marginal Way Preservation Fund
P.O. Box 1455
Ogunquit, Maine 03907

About Venue:
Celebrating its artistic heritage and origins in Ogunquit’s art colonies, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art engages and educates a diverse audience by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting American art.

Ogunquit Museum of American Art
P.O. Box 815, 543 Shore Road
Ogunquit, ME 03907

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