William Wallace Gilchrist, Jr., was born on March 2, 1879, to Susan "Maudie" Gilchrist and William Wallace Gilchrist, Sr., a celebrated musician and composer. Gilchrist and his siblings were raised with an appreciation for the arts, and William, Jr., showed an early affinity and talent for painting. He began his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied under some of the period's most influential artists, including Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Anshutz, and William Merritt Chase. Gilchrist also received instruction from Winslow Homer during annual summer vacations in Maine. Gilchrist married Lucretia deSchweinitz in 1901; they had three children: Peggy, Nelly, and Bill. The family settled in Philadelphia and spent time each year in Maine. Gilchrist died on November 4, 1926, of heart disease. Peggy's son, Robert Griffin, wrote Affectionately, Wallace, the biography of his grandfather. Paperback 102 pages
Published in 2012 by Art Collector Maine, LLC, this coffee table style book features the work of 135 of Maine's most collectible artists. Each color photo is accompanied by a brief biography of the artist. Hardcover. 256 pgs.
From March 26 to June 26, 2016, the UNE Art Gallery featured an exhibit on the art of Mildred G. Burrage. The exhibit traced the 70 year career of Mildred Giddings Burrage (1890-1983. Born in Portland, Maine, but living later in Kennebunkport and Wiscasset, Mildred traveled the world throughout her life. This catalog highlights her work from the France years, World War I, Maine, her portraits, maps, the American West, Mexico and Guatemala, World War II and ending with her mica paintings. A timeline of Mildred's life and work in also included as well as a list of her exhibitions. Color photographs throughout. Paperback. 56 pgs.
With its picturesque harbors, rugged mountains, and secluded islands, the coast of Maine offers some of the most spectacular scenery in America. The region is a natural paradise, with wonders waiting around every cove. The images in this book take you right into the middle of the splendor. Captured here also are the sandy beaches, quaint villages, and historic lighthouses that give Maine its distinctive culture and character. Full color photography with captions throughout. 5x7 format hardcover. 200 pgs.
This book celebrates the preservation of seventeen brightly painted banners that were carried by members of the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association in an 1841 Portland parade. In 2010 these proud emblems of the nineteenth century working class were threatened with dispersal to private collections and out-of-state institutions. Maine's cultural community came to the rescue by purchasing them at auction and placing them at the Maine Historical Society. Each color image of the banner is accompanied with a history of the trade it represents as well as historic photos, prints, or other related documents. Historical background on the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, the Portland banner parade of 1841, Portland's merchantile ecomony in the 1820s, and a history of Mechanic Associations in New England are also included. Paperback. 59 pgs.
This book is about Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar and her distinctive style. Intended for the young reader, it will appeal to anyone of any age that appreciates the life and art of Dahlov Ipcar. It explores her growth as an artist from selected childhood works to her adult masterpieces that now hang in museums. Also included in the book are examples of murals in public buildings, illustrations in children's books, and wonderful cloth sculptures that Dahlov has created. Color prints throughout. Paperback. 45 pgs.
"This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks.." so begins the epic poem "Evangeline" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poignant photographs of modern Acadia taken by Mark Marchesi, provide a brilliant tribute to the persistence of Longfellow's vision even in our century. An important and hopeful vision - of a continuing, vibrant tradition of stories woven around a landscape that Longfellow, more than 150 years ago, imagined as forever filled with a dreamy magical light. Color photographs accompany selections from the poem along with an index and afterword by Mark Marchesi. Hardcover. 106 pgs.
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, turns her attention to portraits and pictures taken in the Civil War era to help you find wartime stories in your family photo collection. These images, whether it’s a man in uniform or a woman posing with her children, tell the story of your family’s involvement in a critical period of history. If you’re not sure if your photo dates from that time, this book will help you determine when it was taken. Paperback 192 pages
The publication of this book documents an unprecedented moment in Maine art history: the collaboration among several museums to form a Folk Art exhibition trail. Many of the artworks contained in these pages are typical of folk art forms found elsewhere in the United States: quilts, painted furniture, family records, pottery, portraits and landscapes. Others are particular to Maine's maritime culture, manifesting an abiding relationship with activities such as lumbering, shipbuilding, seafaring, trading and fishing. Color photographs throughout. hardcover. 143 pgs.
For more than 150 years, photographers, like other artists, have made their way to Maine to capture the natural beauty and human culture of the state. Beginning with the earliest daguerreotype portraits of the 1840's, this book traces the growth of the medium through to the present. Key topics addressed throughout the book include the importance of photography in documenting labor and economic life, the close relationship between photography and the growth of tourism, and the role of Maine photographers in advancing the medium as a fine art form. Also includes a chronological glossary of photographic terms, a list of significant photographic archives and collections in Maine with addresses and notes for each, bibliography and index. Hardcover. 198 pgs.
Portraits have an immediacy which makes them compelling windows on the past. As images, they provide tangible information about their subjects and the world in which they lived. As art and cultural artifacts they reveal the dynamic social, aesthetic, and economic forces that shaped them. When Old Sturbridge Village opened the Meet Your Neighbors: New England Portraits, Painters, and Society, 1790-1850 exhibition, it was the entry into a new stage in the Museum's life cycle. It brought public view and scholarly attention to a significant collection of non-academic portraits that had little exposure through exhibition or publication. This book uses portraiture as a prism through which to look at rural New England society. In those years industrialization, immigration, and urbanization undermined the old order and encouraged the emergence of a new class of Americans. This middle class redefined tastes and material standards in a wider cultural movement, creating a new age of abundance. Meet Your Neighbors focuses on artists, their patrons, and the community at large to shed light on these profound and complex social and economic changes. Paperback. 143 pgs.
For four decades in the second half of the nineteenth century, Harrison Bird Brown (1831-1915) was the most prolific professional landscape artist in Portland, Maine. In this second volume of "A Painter's Progress," Brown's career is further documented through the many articles about his life, work, and travels which appeared in the Portland Daily Press between 1863 and 1892. The compiler, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., has been the dirctor of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission since 1976 and was appointed by Governor Baldacci in 2004 to serve as State Historian. 2006 paperback, 101 pages.
The city of Portland and its surroundings, including the islands of Casco Bay, have inspired a wide range of art over the past 200 years. The “city by the sea,” as Longfellow famously called it, has been a visual talisman for a host of artists, from early masters like Harrison Bird Brown and John Bradley Hudson to a remarkable roster of contemporary painters. Subjects include many of the city’s signature buildings, including the Custom House and Portland Head Light, as well as street scenes, the waterfront, harbor, back bay, and surrounding landscapes—even the Million Dollar Bridge. Paintings of Portland features a wide range of motifs, in all seasons and represented by an array of styles - historical and contemporary. Hardcover. 136 pgs.
"Portland is alive with history and with the future-in-the-making. It bustles with busy urban streets reflected in the windows of modern office buildings. It embraces the stillness of an island cloaked in snow. It contains ancient cobble streets and a bright modern art museum. It is a unique and colorful tapestry infused with the spirit of an enthusiastic people." From the Foreward.
This volume of photographs brings Portland to life. Hardcover, 124 pages.
Written in 1968 by Jean Lipman to coincide with an exhibition at the Hudson River Museum, this book has been reprinted twice. Filled with biographical information on Rufus Porter, as well as color and black & white illustrations of his work. Also included are a checklist of Rufus Porter murals by state and town, and a chronology of Rufus Porter's life. Paperback 202 pages
Sen. Angus S. King Jr.―whether hosting a bipartisan barbecue as a U.S. Senator, traveling the country in his RV, riding the back roads of Maine on his Harley, or waxing poetical about his civil war hero Joshua Chamberlain―prides himself on having an eye and an ear for both the historic and the gloriously familiar. In recent years, he has regularly captured his work and daily adventures on his smartphone and shared those pictures on social media to provide a wonderful and rare insider's look at the workaday life of a senator, whether he is in D.C. or his home state. From the formality of the Capitol Rotunda to a glorious sunrise off the coast of Maine, A Senator's Eye: Celebrating Maine, Washington and the Joys of Scraping the Windshield is a fascinating collection of these informal photos, including King's personal insights and captions. Paperback. 167 pgs.