Also on view in the Collection Study Area are a selection of paintings from the Museum's permanent collection featuring artists who eschew literal depictions of the landscape in favor of formal explorations of color, line, shape, and texture, to create intimate sensory experiences that draw viewers in for a closer look. The paintings are intended to evoke a mood or feeling inspired by nature rather than recreatean event or specific place. The Museum of Art has historically enjoyed a close and supportive relationship with artists attracted to the region for its low-key lifestyle, picturesque historic architecture, and diverse coastal environments, ranging from the rocky shoreline to inland marshes. Landscapes and seascapes by local and visiting artists now figure prominently in the permanent collection.
William Horace Littlefield, Beyond the Waterfall
Oil on linen, 1961-62
Arthur DiMambro, Blue Plate with Smelts
Acrylic on board, 2003
Judith E. Stone, Stronghold/Gorge
Graphite, conte, tinted transparent Plexiglas, and organic matter, 2000