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Islesford Historical Society 2009
Spring has sprung and I have reserved the Neighborhood House for our annual meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 15th. Please put it on your calendar now! Following the business meeting, Robert Leith is expected to talk to us about the Islesford work of artist Harold Warren who was one of the three Islesford Painters (TIP'S) painting on Islesford and exhibiting at the Blue Duck from about 1915 to 1940. Urge all of your friends to attend!
Arrangements for our restoration of the cemetery on Baker Island have proceeded well. We received two proposals and awarded the work to H.W. Dunn & Son in Ellsworth. Most of us are familiar with Dunn's work in our area for many years. Ralph Stanley visited Dunn's recently and selected a stone for the grave of Albert "Bert" Stanley who was buried there in 1949 without a stone. Ralph has collected over $700 to add to the Town and Society funds which we already have for the project. We plan to join Dunn's to do the work in mid-July and we will be looking for volunteers at the Annual Meeting. Sharpen up your shovel!
We will also ask Bill McGuinness to attend our meeting and talk with us about the status of plans for changes to the Neighborhood House as they might effect our History Room.
Incidentally, I have been told that The Park intends to open the Blue Duck this summer. I have assured them that our Historical Society will be supportive and will see if we can locate any volunteers docents to help out there.
See you soon!
Sincerely, Hugh L. Dwelley,
Cut here and mail to Islesford Historical Society, Islesford, ME 04646
A Word in Passing
EXHIBITION OF WATER COLORS AT BUILDING OF ARTS
The exhibition of water colors by Mr. Harold B. Warren held for three days of this week at the Building of Arts, previously spoken in the Record and Life, has proven to be a most notable one. We venture to say that without exception there has been no exhibition of water colors anywhere for many years of such uniform excellence, and such uniform attractiveness and charm of subject and treatment. There were six groups of studies, divided among the Canadian Rockies, Britain, Italy, Vermont, Massachusetts, and our Maine. As one person of critical discernment, who has seen many exhibitions in many great cities said, the water of Mr. Warren's pictures is the wetest I have ever seen. This was particularly true of the beautiful piclures made in the Canadian Rockles. These superb studies might have been done in the most exquisite spots of Switzerland, and in their treatment and in their execution left nothing whatever to be desired. A long and detailed description of the exhibit ought to be given. The Maine studies included altogether familiar scenes. There was a beautiful "Frenchman's Bay," with one of the Porcupines set in a shimmering opalescent sea at the twilight hour. Its suggestion of peace and tranquility was unusual and made it a very perfect piece of work. "The Garden Scene" was a pergola, high up on a hillside overlooking Bar Island with the bay and the mainland hills beyond. It was a bit of one of one of the most beautiful and one of the newest gardens in Bar Harbor. "By the Shore Path," showed the Porcupines in the middle distance with a light-flickered foreground. It was very flne. "The Cliffs," "Sutton Island," "Northeast Harbor from Sutton's," "Somes Sound," were all familiar scenes and most beautiful.
Among the Britain scenes "A Mountain Solitude," "Coniston" "Moor and Mountain," "Cloud and Craig," and "Conway Walls," were exceedingly effective. The scenery was rendered splendidly and we use the word advisedly. "Conway Walls" was a most interesting bit of this old city, the great stone walls against which the houses were built on one side and the grassy road upon the other.
To one in love with distinctive New England scenes the Vermont section of the exhibition was the most charming and attractive. Elms and maples, typical old unpainted New England barns, the great hills and shoulders of the Green Mountains, characteristic sky and clouds of the wind-swept mountain regions, the deep shadows on the hillsides, the loneliness of the upland farms, and the mystery and solemnity of the reglon were all rendered with such feeling as to prove that the artist was not only a consummate technician in use of brush and color but had very deep and true feeling for these manifold aspects of nature. If one may mention such a thing as price in connection with such consummate art and such exquisite beauty it would be only to say that the prices given were so low that the wonder to the writer is that a single picture should go out of Bar Harbor. We have seen fine exhibitions in our large eastern citles but none have appealed to us more than this one for uniform excellence of work and charm of subjects chosen. If the exhibition was given in Boston it certainly would have attracted much attention both from the public and the press. We trust that Mr. Warren may be persuaded to repeat the exhibition here this fall for during two of the days the pictures were on view in the Building of Arts it was cloudy and cold and such as to render driving along our muddy roads unpleasant, limiting the attendance of the exhibition.
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