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Barn Gallery Associates selected records, 1937-1987

Barn Gallery Associates (Ogunquit, Me.)


Collection Information

Size: 2.4 linear ft.

Summary: Research material for the exhibit "A Century of Color, 1886-1986: Ogunquit Maine's Art Colony" and various unrelated sound recordings and transcripts.
Research material compiled by curators Louise Tragard, Patricia Hart and W.L. Copithorne for the exhibit and catalog "A Century of Color, 1886-1986: Ogunquit, Maine's Art Colony" sponsored by Barn Gallery Associates, Inc. Included are correspondence with artists; research files for each chapter containing extensive notes from interviews about artists, art groups and the social life of Ogunquit; notes on the focus and marketing of the book; seven edited drafts with suggestions from co-authors and others; photographs and halftones; and 29 cassettes of interviews conducted by Tragard relating to artists Peggy Bacon, Rudolf Dirks, Hamilton E. Field, Walt Kuhn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Robert and John Laurent, Henry Strater, and Charles Woodbury.
Sound recordings are of lectures given at the Barn Gallery and of interviews of important people connected to the gallery. Lecturers include: Richard Francis Lahey, speaking on "Artists I Have Known," regarding Rudolph Dirks, Bernard Karfiol, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Cliff Sterrett, and William von Schlegell; Henry Strater, discussing his paintings, 1920-1967; Mary Leigh-Smart, lecturing on Robert Laurent on the occasion of the opening of a Laurent Memorial Exhibition at the Gallery, June 20, 1970; Henry Hope, speaking on the acquisition of the Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Collection, 1966; George Tower, on "The Rocks of Ogunquit," 1967; and Robert Kulicke, on picture framing, undated.
Recorded interviews are of Gallery president Louis J. Benoit and Smart conducted by an unknown interviewer for a television program, June 20, 1970, and two (untranscribed) conducted by Sibie Allen for radio station WBBX, Aug. 8, 1967, of Elyot Henderson, Robert Laurent, Beverly Hallam, and Mary-Leigh Smart.
Other transcripts record the dedication of the Hamilton Easter Field Art Foundation Collection, June 24, 1966; and a question and answer session with Peggy Bacon, undated, in which she recalls George Wesley Bellows, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and John Sloan.

Biographical/Historical Note

Barn Gallery Associates, Inc. is a non-profit, educational art institution located in Ogunquit, Me. Ogunquit, Me. became a popular locale for artists beginning in the late 19th century, attracted by the landscape and popularized by Charles Woodbury's art school.


Research materials: Donated 1988 by Barn Gallery Associates through Mary-Leigh Smart, Chairperson of the Publication Committee. Sound recordings: Donated 1971 by Barn Gallery.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Barn Gallery Associates selected records, 1937-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.