An exhibition of craftwork brings to mind a question concerning the meaning of crafts or craftsmanship. What do the crafts comprehend, and what would be a definition of craftsmanship? In light of the tremendous variety and vigor of objects here, naming and defining seems to become meaningless and impossible.

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Eskimo Graphic Art

October 7, 1962 - October 27, 1962

This exhibition presents prints done by the Eskimos living on Cape Dorset, on south-western Baffin Island. The sculpture done by these people is well-known but their prints, of more recent origin, are just beginning to be shown abroad. There are two chief techniques employed, the stonecut and the sealskin stencil. The Canadian Department of Northern Affairs has encouraged the Eskimo practice of these art forms. This exhibition has been organized by Eskimo Art Inc. and is being circulated in the United States by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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18 Painters of the 19th Century

October 7, 1962 - October 27, 1962

An especially fine group of 18 paintings selected from the private collection of IBM. Intended to illustrate art in America during the 1800’s, this exhibit includes oil paintings by Allston, Blakelock, Cole, Doughty, Harnett, Inness, Ryder, Johnson and Twachtman.

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Rubbings from Ancient Mexican Reliefs

July 20, 1962 - September 1, 1962

An exhibition of 29 rubbings from ancient stone carvings at Monte Alban, Mexico. Executed by Mr. and Mrs. William Shevis of Lincolnville, they were made by rubbing on cloth over carvings with a combination of charcoal and linseed oil, to make the works permanent. Monte Alban was probably established between 700 and 300 B.C. Buildings at this time consisted chiefly of large platforms with vertical sides decorated with slabs of stone. These decorations depict rows of carved figures, with a strange attitude that has led to their name, the “Dancers.”  These human figures are undoubtedly related, although not closely, to Olmec art. Many of the figures are accompanied by glyphs, including numerical signs, and these are interesting since they prove that a calendar and a system of writing were already known in those early days.

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The Kennebec Valley Art Association was formed in January of 1959 with 64 members. The Association now has more than 140 members. Exhibitors will be chiefly amateurs, although some professional Association members will be displayed.

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This is the second in a series of three exhibitions intended to illustrate the history of European prints. The Baroque and Rococo styles which dominate these two centuries are closely related, the more vigorous Baroque being the father of the delicate Rococo. There is a love action which ranges from the vigor of van Ostade or the young Rembrandt to the refined gestures of Tiepolo or St. Aubin. A sense of space within the picture is almost universally found; in Claude, Rembrandt, and Piranesi there is an especially rich and convincing rendering of depth. Rembrandt is of such importance that a third of the exhibition is devoted to his interpretation of Biblical subjects, landscapes, portraiture and genre. This exhibition is possible due to the generous cooperation of the lending institutions, including: The National Gallery of Art, Fogg Museum, Davison Art Center, and The Pierpont Morgan LIbrary.

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New Discoveries in West African Art

March 4, 1962 - March 30, 1962

Twenty-five pieces of sculpture, including figures carved from wood and bronze, will be displayed. The sculptures, which represent the works of six West African tribes of the Sudanese and coastal regions, are understood to be ceremonial masks and figurines. Ranging in size from a 65 pound statue and a four foot high mask, to a small six inch mask, the collection depicts primitive reflections of both animal and human life. The exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Primitive Art located in New York City. The collection is rarely seen outside of New York City.

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Jean-Louis Gervat

February 12, 1962 - February 28, 1962

A French priest, virtually unknown outside of his village as an artist, has been discovered and his name is rapidly becoming recognized in the art world principally because of the efforts of two Colby graduates and members of the Friends of Jean-Louis Gervat in America. This show has been brought to Colby through the efforts of Dr. Edward Martin and Arnold Sturtevant. At the age of ten, Abbe Gervat’s eventual career was established by a chance meeting with the great.

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