This week

• Harpswell artist John Bisbee will discuss his “Two Tons” installation at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The installation is on view through Aug. 1.

Bisbee, who teaches at Bowdoin College, constructs large, abstract sculptures from 12-inch steel spikes, which he welds together to create massive, patterned pieces. This installation is his first exhibition at the museum. His talk is part of a busy summer at the museum.

Also on view through Aug. 1 is “Selma Koss Holtz: A Legacy of Giving.” A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Other Tuesday-night talks at the museum include “Art of the Word: Four Poets and a Guitar” on July 27. New Hampshire poet laureate Walter Butts and his wife, Stephanie, will be joined by Portsmouth poet laureates Mark DeCarteret and Mimi White. Chris Volpe will accompany on acoustic guitar.

On Aug. 3, museum director Ron Crusan will moderate the discussion, “Reminiscences: The Ogunquit Art Colony 1945-1970.” A panel of artists will share memories of Edward Betts, Robert Laurent, Henry Strater and other artists.

On Aug. 10, Maine architect Carole A. Wilson will lead a discussion of the film “KoolhaasHouselife,” which also will be screened. Wilson studied with the renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

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• Also in Ogunquit this week, the DaPonte String Quartet teams up with Ogunquit Performing Arts and the Barn Gallery to present two evenings of chamber music. The first concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Barn Gallery, at Shore Road and Bourne Lane.

For this performance, the DaPonte String Quartet becomes a quintet, with the addition of violist Marcus Thompson. adding a second viola, DaPonte expands the repertoire of major compositions for strings and includes rarely performed pieces by Beethoven and Brahms.

Thompson performs with many chamber groups, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Tickets cost $20, and will be available at the door and through

The quartet returns Aug. 20, and will feature the music of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn with soprano Suzanne Nance.