November 18, 2019
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The Value of Thought at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

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The Ogunquit Museum of American Art is exhibiting a group of luminous oil paintings by Alison Rector titled “The Value of Thought”. Rector’s work celebrates the beauty and serenity of Maine’s libraries in 18 paintings. Her work has been praised for the depiction of light with radiant color and quiet beauty. “The Value of Thought” is on view from September 1 until October 31, 2017.

Alison Rector, an artist known for her paintings of interiors, has been inspired by Maine’s public libraries in particular the Carnegie libraries. By the early twentieth century, a Carnegie library was often the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities; Maine is home to 20 Carnegie libraries. In 2014 Rector embarked on a long-term project documenting the Carnegie libraries in Maine as well as exploring many other Maine library buildings. She has created more than 40 oil paintings of these shared spaces in the past 5 years. Rector renders unconventional beauty and a special quality of light by way of a resonant realism. With adept use of color and composition, Rector invites the viewer to linger in rooms designed for quiet reflection, public places where the community values thought.

Rector’s exhibit at the Ogunquit Museum is sponsored by Greenhut Galleries in Portland. For more information, visit and