| by Geoff Edgers

A series of exhibitions and installations of the works of Maine artist Bernard “Blackie” Langlais begins this month, the result of a collaborative effort among the Colby College Museum of Art, the Wisconsin-based Kohler Foundation, and the Georges River Land Trust to manage a bequest left by Langlais’s widow, Helen Friend Langlais, to Colby’s museum in 2010. The bequest included a 90-acre property in Cushing, Maine, and more than 3,000 of the artist’s creations including sculptures and works on paper.

Langlais’s artworks are being distributed to a variety of organizations throughout Maine, free of charge, and the property in Cushing is being reimagined as a public sculpture park with walking trails. The Colby Museum of Art’s Bernard Langlais exhibition, featuring 187 works, will open July 19.

For more information on Langlais, see the Colby Magazine story “Presenting the Wonderful World of Bernard Langlais” and the Langlais Art Trail website.