Ocean Park, Maine hosted a Plein Air Festival this past week. What a surprise it was for me to paint in a new location near my home that I’ve never heard of or visited before. I painted in the marshes, in the village, on the beach and the fireworks at night. It was a pleasure meeting the residents who love this place.
It is so mellow in Ocean Park you would think it was the 1950’s. Everyone has summered here for generations or married into a family that has been here for generations. You would only know about OP if you met someone who lived here.
It is part of the Chautauqua Institute. It has a beach, a village center, historic buildings (1800’s), woodlands and marshes.
The beach is edged with a big dune. Ocean Park is next door to Old Orchard Beach, the only place in Maine that reminds you of Atlantic City, NJ. Go figure!