***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
May 8, 2008
CONTACT: Jane Foden,
Maine Historical Society 2
Maine Historical Society Announces Upcoming Museum Exhibition:
Art of the People – Folk Art in MaineArt of the People: Folk Art in Maine will open at the MHS Museum Friday,June 27 and continues through Tuesday, December 30, 2008. This originalexhibit features an interesting and colorful selection of objects thatreflect the diverse experiences of Maine people over the past threecenturies.
“These beautiful and historic artifacts provide a window into our past. For years, people in Maine have made quilts, samplers, rugs, carvings,portraits, and other types of decorative, personal, or useful objects as away to express their feelings and record important moments in their life – amarriage, a graduation, a death of a loved one,” says MHS Curator JohnMayer. “The materials they used, their artistic style or technique, andtheir sense of design are the essence of these wonderful objects, and inviteus to explore the dynamic nature of everyday life in Maine.”
Art of the People draws from the extensive collections of the MaineHistorical Society. Over 70 museum artifacts will be on view, featuringcarved powder horns, decorative quilts, finely made samplers, colorfulportraits, and other historic paintings. Featured items include:
* Carved and Painted Eagle, c. 1861; by ship carver EmeryJones (1827 – 1908) of Freeport.
* Man and Woman Nut Doll, 1840. The heads of these two dollswere made from nuts, their body and clothes from available materials, andyet their costumes represent the fashions of the time.
* Burning of the Second Parish Church, 1866; painted byWoodbury Hatch (1829 – 1904) of Portland, a witness to the great Portlandfire.
The exhibit is part of a statewide collaboration of eleven museums that havecreated the Maine Folk Art Trail and are presenting exhibits of theircollections during the summer and fall (http://www.mainefolkarttrail.org/
Admission: Adults: $5.00; Children 5-17: $2.00
Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine Friday, June 27 through Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sundays excluding November: Noon – 5:00 pm