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The Gallery


The Gallery is curated by Chris Caraviello of the Van Ward Gallery, the premier regional dealer in contemporary and period fine art, offering the best of the Ogunquit Art Colony. The Gallery is open to the public and can be found on the lower reception, just below the main entrance adjacent to The Tiller restaurant and Tidemark lounge. The Gallery is currently showcasing more than 50 art pieces from local artists in a variety of mediums. Enjoy scheduled art tours or request a private tour by contacting Van Ward Gallery directly. Our onsite curator is also available to offer tours to groups or individuals, based on appointment. Please contact Chris Caraviello of the Van Ward Gallery, [email protected].

Currently showcased at The Gallery:


Frequently painting is a solitary process. Once in a while artists have a mutual sense of place, where they go together and see a subject for a new landscape painting. Gauguin and Van Gogh painted often together like this in the south of France.

Presented in The Gallery are plein air paintings composed at the same location by Michael Walek and Todd Bezold. At times the subject that attracts them is in the same direction. Other times it is the local that attracts them, but the chosen subject may be in the opposite direction or of a completely different vignettes.

For example, Michael may find the Maine coastline an intriguing subject for a painting but Todd may turn and see an apple tree at the edge of the water and choose that to paint. Thus they paint with a harmonious relationship to the area but with totally different perspectives.


World-renowned photographer Carl Hyatt currently has a selection of pieces on display in our gallery. It is not uncommon to see Carl on Cliff House property with him photographing at the cliff with a cape over his back and his signature huge camera stand.  


The Studio at Cliff House welcomes our Artist in Residence, Ric Della Bernarda. By having a local artist here on property, our guests are able to experience Cape Neddick through the eyes of an artist, the very thing that made Ogunquit a vacation destination so many years ago. Learn More.


Curated by June LaCombe


June LaCombe is an independent arts consultant specializing in sculpture in the New England region. She curates and sites exhibitions of sculpture in Maine and oversees sales, delivery, siting, and installations for clients throughout the country. Her outdoor shows feature sculpture suited for gardens and landscapes in a variety of mediums including granite, bronze, wood, stoneware, and steel. Interior sculpture is included in exhibitions at Hawk Ridge Farm and shown in her country home. Learn more about June LaCombe.


bronze, steel

Mark Pettegrow


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bronze, steel

 Mark Pettegrow


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Jordan Smith


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"I am concerned with edges in my work. An edge faired to a sweet line. The sweep of a form poised somewhere on the edge between the known and the unknown, between memory and imagination. The Tides Series is showcased at the Cliff House. It is this edge of recognition that I find compelling. I am interested in exploring beauty and desire in form, with the idea that these formal elements can still have relevance in a world where they have either been somewhat trivialized or overly sexualized." Learn more about Mark Pettegrow.


Stone and I have a long and loving relationship. From when I first developed the ability to pick things up and put them down, I have been playing with rocks. Over the years this became an artistic obsession, and I’m still learning new ways to manipulate and communicate with the material. Whether it is a large installation or a small piece, each project has its own unique challenges and rewards. Learn more about Jordan Smith.



The Gallery

We have multiple other art installations around our property beyond The Gallery, all from Maine artists or inspired by Maine's coast. We feature giclèe prints from Dana Heacock and photography prints from Jack Duford adjacent to The Gallery. As you explore Cliff House, we are privileged to showcase other artists including Amy Kelley at Nubb's Lobster Shack, and Erin McGee Ferrell in the Ledges Gallery.



Pat Campbell is the artist behind our recently installed stunning ceiling piece at the Spa. This piece hangs in the new relaxation lounge. "Paper is a natural choice of material for my work. It provides the translucency I am seeking in the constructions. It also provides a thin plane of material that is easily shaped and accepts the reed, wood and paper cord that I apply to it. Paper is a fragile material. It can be easily ripped or torn. The structures that I make are quite fragile in appearance. To reinforce the fragility of the pieces, treated rice paper is effective. My work is strongly derived from the Japanese shoji screen, which is traditionally made of rice paper. The qualities of paper now available are exciting to work with; primarily, I use a very simple, thin white rice paper."

Erin McGee Ferrell


Classically trained as an oil painter, Erin McGee Ferrell continues to build upon twenty-five years of her profession as a residential and corporate artist. Always having maintained an interest in the merging of science and art, Erin incorporates her Maine surroundings literally into the layers of her contemporary works. "Life shows us a level of complexity and beauty in science that isn't often translated to visual expression through the arts." — Erin McGee Ferrell. Learn more about Erin McGee Ferrell.

Dana Heacock


Dana Heacock is a Maine artist best known for his paintings for the annual Abacus poster calendar. His fine art reproductions on paper and canvas are on permanent display at Mercy hospital in Portland, at InterMed in the Portland area and in other medical buildings from Biddeford to Virginia. They were exhibited for one year at the Dana Conference center in Portland. More of Dana's work can be seen locally at Abacus in Ogunquit. Learn more about Dana Heacock.

Graciela Castro


Graciela was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is not coincidental that the artist goes by the name Graciela. It is that very grace that is evidential on every canvas, in every color, with every brushstroke. Graciela was commissioned to paint a small version of the painting “Memories of Cliff House” by her friend as a present for his wedding. He had visited the hotel on numerous occasions and decided to get married here on property. Graciela then decided to create a larger replica of her original painting, which is now permanently on display here in our Gallery. Learn more about Graciela Castro.

Jack Duford


"Life on the Maine coast is the major influence on my work. Bringing the play of water and light to life through my lens is the goal. Childhood summers on the Maine coast led me to making my home in Perkins Cove decades ago. There, the community of painters taught me how light could transform the ordinary to extraordinary, and the patience to wait for it." Learn more about Jack Duford.


In 2015, I asked Captain Bo Kinsman if I could go to work on his Lobster Boat, "Bittersweet", harbored in Perkins Cove. His stemman Rich was thrilled as his year venture was coming to a close and a replacement stemperson was necessary. Rich began training me as if I were "that person". Indeed the story of peace, healing, and an experience in nature beyond my wildest dreams begins. Captain Bo over time enjoyed my photo taking. Learn more about Amy Kelly