The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is a proud sponsor of the 4th annual “Maine in America Summer Gala” at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME. In addition to being a fundraising event for the non-profit museum and a party to celebrate the beginning of the summer social season, the gala is also an opportunity for the museum to present the “Maine in America” award to an important artist with strong ties to Maine.
This year, the Maine in America award will be presented to Robert Indiana. Museum literature describes, “Robert Indiana, probably best known for his “sculptural poems” LOVE and HOPE, has lived on the island of Vinalhaven in the Star of Hope Odd Fellows Hall since the early 1970s. His career as a sculptor, print maker, and painter has spanned six decades and he has been described as speaking “to the vital forces that shaped American culture during the latter half of the 20th century.”
Robert Indiana's LOVE
VillageSoup Staff reports:
ROCKLAND (April 15): The Farnsworth Art Museum is organizing a major exhibition on renowned artist Robert Indiana, drawn almost exclusively from his extensive holdings at his home and studio, The Star of Hope.
The show — “Robert Indiana and The Star of Hope” — will explore the vast range of Indiana’s work from the 1950s to the present, focusing on his efforts since he moved to Vinalhaven in 1978. The show will run from June 20 to Oct. 25. It will include some of Indiana’s best known pieces, such as “LOVE,” the American Dream, his Marsden Hartley Elegy series and one of his newest, the “HOPE” sculpture, which premiered at the 2008 Democratic convention. Other pieces, such as “EAT,” which premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, will be seen for the first time since their original installation.
“The Star of Hope” represents Indiana’s first major exhibition in years, and will be supported by a number of events including the presentation to Indiana of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s annual award at the Maine in America Gala on June 27; a world premiere of a documentary on Indiana by filmmaker Dale Schierholtat; placement of Indiana’s famous “LOVE” in Winslow-Holbrook Park in Rockland; and Robert Indiana’s Summer/Fall Symposium.
Maine in America Award
The Presidents Council of the Farnsworth Art Museum will host the Summer Gala 6 p.m. Saturday, June 27, to present the Maine in America Award to Indiana. The award will honor Indiana’s outstanding contributions to Maine’s role in American art. Bruce Boege’s Bel Isle Trio and Mr. Whoopie band will perform. The cost is $250. For reservations call 596-6457, ext. 117. All proceeds support the Farnsworth’s education and public programs.
We hope you will join us in honoring Robert Indiana and supporting the work of this superior cultural institution, the Farnsworth Art Museum.