Homer’s Maine studio to open to the public
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The studio where painter Winslow Homer was inspired by Maine’s craggy coast and produced some of his most notable seascapes has been restored to what it was like when Homer lived there from 1883 until his death in 1910.
With the $2.8 million restoration by the Portland Museum of Art, public tours will begin this week, giving a firsthand look at where Homer became one of America’s foremost 19th-century painters.
The Homer studio, on Prouts Neck peninsula south of Portland, is where Homer’s artwork matured, said museum Director Mark Bessire. “You have artist studios where artists worked, but then you have artist studios where the place actually changed the artist.”
Homer moved to his family’s estate in Maine and lived in a carriage house with an unobstructed view of the ocean.
The museum is presenting an exhibition through Dec. 30, “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” featuring 38 of Homer’s oils, watercolors and etchings that he produced in his studio. Visit www. portlandmuseum.org/
Knott’s Berry Farm offers exclusive maze
LOS ANGELES — This Halloween season you can make reservations for an exclusive scare. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., the theme park that 40 years ago introduced visitors to the now popular Halloween mazes, is offering a premium maze.
The exclusive maze costs extra: $60 for a group of up to six people, on top of park admission. Nationwide, more than 300 amusement parks operate Halloween attractions.
At Knott’s, the premium maze is dubbed Trapped because visitors are led into closed-off sections and then challenged to find a way out.