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Colby College Museum of Art

July 17, 2013

Maine is fortunate

Screen shot 2013-07-16 at 9.14.50 PMColby College in Waterville and the state of Maine is fortunate to benefit from the generosity of Peter and Paula Lunder. For many years they have collected artwork and the Lunder collection totals more than 500 objects valued at more than $100 million The collection includes John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder, and Georgia O’Keeffe to name a few. The collection has been presented to Colby College Museum of Art and an addition to the museum was built to house the work. This past Saturday a celebration took place as the doors opened to the public and the newly renovated museum exhibits 260 pieces of artwork.

Don Reutershan, the Department of Education’s World Language Specialist attended the opening on Sunday and this is what he shared: “I was amazed by both the size and variety of the new Lunder collection.  The afternoon celebration – which included a full barbecue under a huge tent, music by the Cowboy Angels, and an ice cream stand with at least 8 delicious flavors – was a very festive and most appropriate way to open this incredible addition to the Colby Art Museum.  I look forward to returning very soon to spend more time viewing the collection, room by room, and taking the 2-hour audio tour that not only describes many of the paintings, drawings and sculptures on display but also includes specific connections to literature and music.”

Screen shot 2013-07-16 at 9.16.15 PMColby College Museum of Art’s Matt Timme who is the Mirken Curator for Public Programs invited me for a tour last week and I was thrilled to see the exhibit and hear so many of the details. I love the fact that the Lunder’s view this as a gift to Maine. Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education has been successful obtaining funding for buses to bring as many students as possible to visit the museum. Now with the renovation and a lively studio space for students I am certain that the museum will be busier than ever with classes visiting. It was fun to hear her stories about working with the Lunder’s on how to use a piece of art or collection of art in an educational format. I was so appreciative to have the opportunity to visit.

Early in June Waterville Senior High School art teacher Suzanne Goulet joined colleagues on a visit to the museum. In Suzanne’s words: “The expansion demonstrates a dedicated vision of education and sharing. Larger galleries allow works of scale and expanding of the donated collection combined with Maine connections provide for comparison. The collection now includes an outstanding American Southwest painting collection (my favorite is the Pueblo of Acoma (Sky City). Additional creative spaces are traditional and digital studios, an incredible education resource room matched with a Colby staff that is dedicated to quality education experiences for all of Maine students, and of course…..a spectacular architectural design that gives the exploring visitor the feeling that you are part of a vessel with a destination – Central Maine, please.
Thank you to Matt Timme for the tour and to Lauren Lessing for the invitation. Colby Museum is a special community asset with an education mission……Please investigate what they have to offer.

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Matt Timme – Mirken Curator for Public Programs (Colby), Suzanne Goulet – Waterville SHS, Robin King – GJ Mitchell ES (Waterville), Lisa Ingraham – Madison ES, Katrina Billings – Winslow HS, Lisa Wheeler – Hall-Dale MS

I hope you will find time to travel to Waterville to visit the museum. The admission is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday’s noon to 5:00 p.m.. On Thursday’s during the school year the museum is open until 9:00 p.m.

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