An Exhibition of Maine Pottery and Weaving

December 2, 1963 - December 21, 1963

There is a very compelling quality to an exhibition that combines pottery and weaving. Probably the understanding that pottery comes from the earth itself, and that weaving represents the flora and fauna of the earth, helps to give a sense of completeness to these two in combination. Two ancient and important activities of man–both utilitarian craft and art combined–are here presented, as things to be seen and known. This exhibition includes the works of Maine craftsmen.

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American Art

November 6, 1963 - November 26, 1963

This exhibition illustrates the development of American art from Colonial times to the present. The show includes paintings, drawings, and pieces of sculpture from the Portland Museum of Art, the Colby Museum, the Hamilton Easter Field Foundation, and from other museums and private collections. Famed American artists like Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Wyeth are represented.

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Acquisitions 1959-1963

October 3, 1963 - November 3, 1963

This exhibition includes 200 paintings, drawings, prints, pieces of sculpture and other art works, representative of acquisitions since the Inaugural Exhibition in 1959. These gifts were acquired through the Friends of Art at Colby College since its dedication four years ago. Included among some 100 paintings are works by Waldo Peirce, Joseph Blackburn, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Gilbert Stuart, and Andrew Wyeth. There are drawings by Walt Disney and John Singer Sargent, a piece of sculpture by Auguste Renoir and prints by Currier and Ives, Albrecht Durer. Rembrandt Van Rijn, Auguste Rodin, Grant Wood, and James McNeill Whistler. One of the newest acquisitions, and the first major gift in the realm of silverware, is a tankard and cover by William Simkins, an eighteenth century Boston silversmith.

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To celebrate its sesquicentennial, Colby College presents an extensive exhibition to show the role of Maine in American art. This exhibition relates the American experience beginning in the Revolutionary days, reflecting on social patterns, Colonial self-realization, an illustration of folkways, life in villages and rural reaches, and a record of 2,500 miles of Atlantic seacoast. The earliest examples are portraits, including some by noted artists such as Copley and Robert Feke. Folk landscapes are also presented. Major painters like Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson are presented. After opening to much critical acclaim and attracting national interest, the exhibition will travel to New York City, where it will be displayed at the Whitney Museum.

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Prints of the Modern Era

March 3, 1963 - March 29, 1963

This exhibition is third in a series of print exhibitions shown at the Bixler Art and Music Center. This one presents a selection of fine prints that range in time from the work of Francisco Goya-bridging the 18th and 19th centuries-to the works of artists of the present. In these last two centuries, we find the graphic arts media commanding great energy, interest, and popularity on the part of artists and public. Throughout the periods represented in this exhibition the emphasis is on diversity of intention and product. Notable artists include Goya, Daumier, Gericault, Delacroix, and Blake.

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A selection of prints, drawings and watercolors from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. D’amico, of Bangor. Included are examples of realists, expressionists and abstractionists from France, Italy, Germany and the U.S. The D’Amicos are benefactors of contemporary art and of Maine artists in particular. The exhibition has works of Vincent Hartgen and Harry Greaver of the University of Maine and Orono, as well as of Francis Hamabe of Blue Hill.

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