Chateau Reception for Contemporaries Exhibit

receptionLa Napoule Art Foundation (LNAF) and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) present a special exhibition, “Contemporaries: The Artists of La Napoule Art Foundation” at the Museum in Ogunquit, Maine, May 1 through June 26, 2011. The exhibition celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Foundation, as well as the Museum’s commitment to modern American art by featuring the work of eight New England artists who participated in the Residency Program at the Foundation’s Clews Center for the Arts, in the Chateau de La Napoule in France in 2009. The artists are Gerald Auten, Emily Brown, Kate Doyle, Simon Harling, Alison Hildreth, Tanja Alexia Hollander, Rebecca Litt, and Meg Brown Payson.

“Each of the artists enjoyed such a positive and rewarding experience at the Chateau that they were excited to participate in this exhibition to celebrate the Foundation’s mission and remarkable history,” said La Napoule Art Foundation Board President Noele Clews and OMAA Director Ron Crusan in the joint announcement

The opening of the exhibition will be celebrated with a Champagne Reception on Friday, April 29, from 6 to 8 pm. In addition to a preview of the exhibit with some of the artists, guests at the reception will enjoy a silent art auction of donated artwork to benefit the OMAA and the LNAF Artist-in-Residency program. Tickets are $100 per couple and all ticket holders are automatically entered in a drawing to win a one-week stay at La Napoule Chateau in France. For ticket information and purchases, contact the LNAF office at 603-436-3040.

La Napoule Art Foundation (LNAF) was established in 1951 by its founder Marie Clews, wife of the well-known American Sculptor, Henry Clews. It was their dream that the Chateau should become an international arts center to nurture and inspire the talents of artists from all nations. After his death in 1937, and at the close of World War II, Marie was determined to make that dream a reality and with the help of family and friends did so. Since its establishment, the Foundation has seen the Chateau become that vibrant center with a strong Residency Program that has touched the careers of over 400 men and women representing over forty countries and the diversity of all the artistic disciplines.

Today, La Napoule Foundation is closely overseen by the Clews family to ensure that Henry and Marie’s mission is sustained, out of love for their artistic work and legacy. The Foundation’s US headquarters has been operating out of Portsmouth, NH for the past ten years and works closely with the staff at the Chateau.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art ( was founded in 1954 by Henry Strater, member of the Ogunquit Art Colony. The Museum of American Art engages and educates a diverse audience by collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting American art from the nineteenth century to the present. The Museum integrates its unique artistic heritage and setting to enhance visitor enjoyment and understanding of art. The Museum is open May 1 through October 31, seven days a week.

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