A sampling of the art in "Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine" at the Portland Museum of Art.

September 16, 2012

Homer studio: 'It's all about the place'

The Portland Museum of Art will open the Winslow Homer studio at Prouts Neck for public tours beginning Sept. 25. Here's what tour-goers can expect:

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This parlor, photographed near the end of the six-year studio restoration project last month, contains photographs, a daybed and various items from the artist's active outdoor life.

Photos by Gregory Rec / Staff Photographer

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The painting room at Winslow Homer's studio at Prouts Neck contains many items from his New York work space. Retired art professor Wanda M. Corn of Stanford University says access to this "magical place" gives us a better grasp into the artist's vision.

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WHEN: Opens Saturday. On view through Dec. 30.

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours to 9 p.m. Fridays through Columbus Day. After Columbus Day, the museum is closed Mondays.

HOW MUCH: $12; $10 for seniors and students with ID; $6 for ages 13 to 17; free for ages 12 and younger; free for all after 5 p.m. Friday

FOR MORE: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org

After an introduction to Homer's life and work at the museum's downtown Sweat Galleries, visitors will board a van and travel to the studio in small groups. Tours will depart from the museum, and are limited to 10 visitors at a time. Children younger than age 7 are not allowed on the tour.

Visitors are encouraged to see the new exhibition "Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine," on view beginning Saturday, before departing for the studio tour. In addition, the museum has a display of Homer memorabilia in the Sweat Galleries, including paintbrush handles found at the studio, his easel and paintbox.

Tours will depart from the museum at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The tour vans will follow a scenic route to the studio in Scarborough (12 miles from downtown Portland) to give visitors a taste of the Maine coast and Homer's surroundings.

Each tour will last about 2 1/2 hours and costs $55 ($30 for museum members).

Tours will continue through Dec. 2 and resume in April. Tours are already sold out through October, so it's highly recommended that people make reservations well in advance of their planned visit.

For details, reservations and other information, visit portlandmuseum.org or call 775-6148.

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During the restoration, Greg Welch and Kris Kenow, preparators with the Portland Museum of Art, arrange pieces at Winslow Homer's studio at Prouts Neck this spring.

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Greg Welch, chief preparator with the Portland Museum of Art, unwraps a piece to be exhibited at the Scarborough site, where Homer lived for parts of the year from 1883 until his death in 1910 at age 74.

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Homer's studio resonates with echoes of the artist's presence, including this pipe and a tin of tobacco, which rest atop the mantel in the parlor.

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