"The Value of Thought" paintings at Ogunquit Museum of American Art in September 2017 by Alison Rector

In September 2017,  an exhibit of paintings by Alison Rector will be on view at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) in Ogunquit Maine.

The Value of Thought is the latest in a series of paintings by Rector exploring historic public library buildings.  14 paintings from the series will be on view in the Little Gallery at the museum September 1 - 28.  

Rector will give a preview lecture about the work on the evening of Tuesday August 22 with historian Earle Shettleworth,  as part of the Totally Tuesday Talks series at OMAA.  Their collaborative lecture is titled Maine's Carnegie Libraries.

If you'd like to view a catalogue of Rector's library paintings,  click here.

Alison Rector, U.S. State Dept. Arts Envoy in Qatar by Alison Rector

In April 2016,  Rector traveled to Doha Qatar through the Arts Envoy Program of the US State Department.  At the invitation of the US Embassy in Doha,  Rector met with artists, art students, diplomats and art program directors for one week.  Approximately 40 students attended Rector's Color Theory and Painting classes at Souq Waqif Arts Center as well as Katara Cultural Village.  Rector also was invited to teach a class of about 20 young girls at the Maymouna Independent Primary School for Girls in Doha.  Highlights included a plein air painting experience outdoors in the desert as well as visiting artist's studios, museums and galleries.

"It was my honor to serve as an Arts Envoy cultural diplomat in Doha",  says Rector.  "I observed life in this modern Gulf country, learning about muslim culture in the Middle East as well as the international population of Doha.   Interacting with artists from many nations who live and work in Qatar was an adventure I'll long remember."

Watch this short video of Rector speaking about her experience:  




Praise from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art by Alison Rector

CMCA's Art to Collect Now auction catalogue 2015 writes:

"In Alison Rector's poetic and quietly ordered interiors, it seems that something is about to happen or something has just occurred.  A flicker of disorder- a closet door ajar- suggests a story:  evidence of lives, of change.  Her work has been included in multiple biennial exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art and CMCA."


June 13 in Augusta Maine, Alison talks about her newest work by Alison Rector

On Friday June 13, 2014 at 6pm,  Alison Rector will be part of a presentation celebrating the beauty of Maine public library buildings.  Hosted by the Maine State Library in Augusta Maine.  You're invited.  The Maine Sunday Telegram published this article about the program:  Maine Sunday Telegram article