Playing a key roll in establishing an American identity in the early 20th Centuries, Art Colonies through Connecticut and Maine inspired artists from George Bellows to Edward Hopper. In towns like Old Lyme, CT, artists gathered to escape the summer heat of the city and find their vision of the American landscape. In Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England 73 works of art chronicle the development of impressionism in Connecticut and modernism in Maine.

The exhibition is on view at Portland Museum of Art through October 12, 2009. Above is a video featuring Chief Curator (and the guy that got me into the museum world) Tom Denenberg giving a behind the scenes look at the installation.

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