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With its grand reopening the Colby College Museum of Art will offer a special Community Day Sunday, July 14, featuring activities and attractions for families. The new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion—which will exhibit works from the renowned Lunder Collection, many for the first time—makes the Colby museum the largest art museum in Maine.
Highlights of Community Day include art-making activities, a live band, hourly tours, food, and ice cream from Maine-based Stone Fox Creamery. All activities, which take place between noon and 5 p.m., are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.
In 2007 Colby alumnus Peter Lunder and life trustee Paula Lunder promised their extraordinary art collection to Colby. Now, with completion of the striking new wing, the museum presents The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, on view July 13, 2013 through June 8, 2014. Six other exhibitions will be on view beginning July 13.
Keeping the art in Maine was a priority for the Lunders. “We think all people deserve to see beautiful things,” said Paula Lunder, “not just those in major art centers. We want this to be for Maine people—the people we love.” The Lunders raised their children in Waterville, summer in Maine, and visit the Colby museum frequently.
The Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion is named in recognition of a gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation and the partnership and friendship between Harold Alfond and Peter Lunder. It celebrates the deep commitment of the Alfond and Lunder families to Colby and the state of Maine, and it reflects the Lunders’ desire that their collection be available to Maine people.
In addition to The Lunder Collection, the museum will present Spaces and Places: Chinese Art from the Lunder-Colville Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; “A Thing Alive”: Modern Views from the Marin Collections; Nowhere But Here: Art From the Alex Katz Foundation; Alex Katz: A Matter of Light; American Weathervanes from a Distinguished Maine Collection; and Process & Place: Exploring the Design Evolution of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. Details about these exhibitions are online here.
The Colby College Museum of Art was founded in 1959 and now includes five wings and more than 8,000 works of art. With 38,000 feet of exhibition space, it is now Maine’s largest art museum. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.