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Bridgton Museum has a new interactive map on its website

BRIDGTON — The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity at 121 Main St. has added a new interactive map to the museum’s website. This map, developed by Grace Acton, summer intern Dorothy W. Sanborn in 2022, was designed to accompany the museum’s current temporary exhibition on the travels of itinerant artists of the early 19th century, including Rufus Porter and his nephew , Jonathan D. Poor, on view through October 8.

According to a press release from the museum, map users have the option to filter their search by Artwork, which visualizes the locations of all of the Rufus Porter School murals and portraits, along with photos of the artwork. art, attribution details, and information on where the art can be viewed now, or by Patterns, providing an innovative interface for folk art enthusiasts to learn more about the stylistic elements of the murals of Porter School. Users can select a design and see the location of each mural that features that design, along with an image of the design.

The purpose of the tool, Acton says, is to encourage people to think more deeply about who painted the more than 100 unsigned Rufus Porter School murals scattered throughout New England. “There has always been a tendency to attribute any Porter School mural to Rufus Porter himself, but that ignores the work of other artists, such as Jonathan Poor. We hope that by exploring the patterns , we will be better able to distinguish each artist’s style and correctly attribute these as yet unidentified works,” Acton said.

The interactive map can be viewed at To access the museum’s website page, hover over the “Learn” tab at the top of the screen and select “Interactive Map” from the drop-down menu.

The Rufus Porter Museum of Art and Ingenuity is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through October 8.

For more information, contact 207-647-2828 or [email protected].

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