Standing alone in a field of billowing grass, a man dressed in tattered clothing makes his way to the undulate shore. Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Turkey Pond” invokes a strong sense of loneliness and affinity for the unknown man while also leaving you wondering what has him in such an almost frenzied hurry. The man’s rough looking hands and weathered face imply a long relationship with the sea.

“Turkey Pond” gorgeously illustrates Monhegan Island, giving a little insight as to what the island has to offer: Stunning shorelines and open fields encompassed by captivating forests. Just one of many stunning pieces on loan at the Portland Museum of Art as part of the museum’s new “Directors’ Cut” exhibit, Andrew Wyeth’s work is an astounding addition to the wonderful show.

The Portland Museum of Art brings us a collection of Maine’s most valuable art treasures that pays homage to our rich culture and history. Handpicked by directors all up and down the Maine Art Museum Trail, these pieces illustrate the subtle differences that give each region its own identity.

Composed of a handful of different mediums, these richly colorful works of art give the viewer a glimpse at Maine’s past and present. With such a wide range in artistic styles, the gallery has something to offer everyone. The puzzling nail sculpture that throws shadows across its platform will leave much to be wondered with its interpretable meaning. Photo realistic paintings depict the lush coasts, and pastel drawings show the lives of the people in a fishing community. Black and white film photos transport us to the past with their engaging composition giving a clear view of what everyday life was like for our ancestors.

Although the repetitive theme of the ocean and landscape did get a little trite, it was still a well thought out exhibit. The show as a whole magnificently represents the changing face of Maine over the past 90 years, with works dating back as far as the 1920s and as recent as 2013. Watching the landscapes and towns change as the years go by, from painting to painting, is a unique way to immerse yourself in history.

Composed in an engaging way that flows throughout the room, this show is a must-see, whether you are a native or a tourist.

The “Directors’ Cut” exhibit will be on display until Sept. 20. There is a $5 surcharge on regular ticket prices for admission.

Isabelle King, 13, is from Portland.

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