Chebeague Through Artists’ Eyes
It is with great pleasure that the Chebeague Island Historical Society presents, for the summer of 2012, an exhibit of Chebeague Island artists and creators. In the past, as in the present, the island’s wonderful atmosphere and scenery have inspired artists both professional and amateur. Our show endeavors to present the works of as many of these summer and year round residents as is possible with the space available. Because we do have space constraints, we have included only the work of artists who are no longer with us. The lives of our exhibit artists begin with the birth of Thomas F. O’Neill in 1852 and continue through the beginning of the 21st century and the deaths of several of our painters. The artists we chose from this time span all have their own individual and creative styles, and each has used one or several of the following mediums: oils, watercolors, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, and wood or linoleum block cutting. With their skills they have expressed their delight with being on Chebeague Island in winter and summer and in storm and sunshine.
We have provided short biographies for each painter. If our artists had formal training or were self-taught, we tried to include that information. For the most part, these short histories have been provided by the family of the painter or the donor of the painting. The biographies may, therefore, be somewhat different in content and length. If you would like further information about any of our artists, we will try to provide that to you. If you have other information than that which we have written, we welcome your input.
Your CIHS Exhibit Committee had a great deal of fun and a not small amount of excitement making decisions and choices about which works to hang and then actually hanging those works on the walls of our museum. We, too, were composed of pros and amateurs. As a group we tried to consider quality, inclusiveness, availability, and a recognizable Chebeague scene as our general criteria in making our selections. In the end we wandered a little from our “recognizable island scene” category to include a few portraits, a very large clam, a delicious plate of pilot crackers, and some tools of the trade used by the a couple of our artists. We sincerely hope that you enjoy our collection of inspired Chebeague artists.
In conclusion we would like to express our very grateful thanks to the donors of our wonderful works of art. Please find their names listed next to the works that they have so willingly let us borrow.