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Christopher_Cart_painterCall me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.

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1965 Ball

The KVAA sponsored the 2nd annual Beaux Arts Ball, with genuine imitation Picasso paintings auctioned off at the end in keeping with the theme “Age of Picasso”. The ball took place at the Augusta House on New Years Eve; proceeds benefited the KVAA building fund. Event chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Linwood V. Partridge and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marran.

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1965 Klebe

November 1965 — Watercolors by Gene Klebe of Bristol and Paintings and Ceramics by Adele Nichols of Hallowell

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1965 Zorach

AAA_zorazora_6930July 18-August 7, 1965 — The Zorach Family: Sculpture by William Zorach, Paintings by Marguerite Zorach, with work by their daughter Dahlov Ipcar and their nephew, Jason Schoener.

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1965 Timeline

1965

Board members in 1965: Mrs. Clarence Nichols (Adele) of Hallowell (president), Charles Danforth of Randolph (Vice President), Dr. Meyer Emanuel (treasurer) Mrs. John Fleming of Augusta (Recording Secretary), Miss Madge Ames (Corresponding Secretary) and Bertrand H. Hoyle of Gardiner (Executive Committee). Junior KVAA: Daniel Pomerleau of Augusta (President), Elizabeth Masciadri of Hallowell (Vice President), Donna Huff of Hallowell (Secretary) and Michael Nichols of Hallowell (Treasurer)

The KVAA sponsored the 2nd annual Beaux Arts Ball, with genuine imitation Picasso paintings auctioned off at the end in keeping with the theme “Age of Picasso”. The ball took place at the Augusta House on New Years Eve; proceeds benefited the KVAA building fund. Event chairs: Mr. and Mrs. Linwood V. Partridge and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marran.

Dues in 1965: Juniors $1, Regular $3, Supporting $10, Sponsor $25, Patron $100

April 1, 1965, front apartment renovated after a pipe burst and it was then rented for $16 a week as a residential apartment. Paintings for loan/rent. From 1964-1965 money donated and given for high school student scholarships, multiple donors. — from notes on KVAA history by Sharon Reishus, 1996

The KVAA presented a Beaux Arts Ball on December 31 at the Augusta House. The October Newsletter stated, “NOW IS THE TIME for you to unleash your imagination and let it FLY WILD! The theme for the BEAUX ARTS BALL has been announced as the AGE OF PICASSO. This covers a huge area– several wars, the gay twenties, Gertrude Stein, Himingway, Impressionism, Dadaism, Cubism, from the turtle-pace age to the outer-space age, from flappers to flippers.”Prizes were awarded for best costumes.

November 1965 — Watercolors by Gene Klebe of Bristol and Paintings and Ceramics by Adele Nichols of Hallowell

October 1965 – Paintings by Robert Bruce Acheson of Hallowell, Jon S. Legere of South Portland, Ronald Anderson of Port Clyde and Allen W. Sperl of Washington

September 19-October 9, 1965 – Paintings by Mae E. Cooney of Waldoboro and June Lovelace Griffin of Lewiston

August 29-September 17, 1965 – Paintings, Prints and Sculptures by Margaret E. Sturgis and Annie C. Sturgis of Broadacres-Riverside (Vassalboro, Maine)

August 1965 — Sixth Maine State Art Festival at the State House, an invitational exhibition of painting and sculpture.

July 18-August 7, 1965 — The Zorach Family: Sculpture by William Zorach, Paintings by Marguerite Zorach, with work by their daughter Dahlov Ipcar and their nephew, Jason Schoener.

June 27-July 17, 1965 – Paintings and Sculptures by Denny Winters of Rockport and Harry Stump of Vinalhaven

May 16-June 5, 1965 — Paintings and Sculpture by Herbert Maynard of East Boothbay and Priscilla Hornberger of Breman

May 1965 — Oil Paintings, Serigraphs and Silk Screen Prings by Frances Hamabe of Blue Hill

April 1965 — Robert Courjon of Boothbay (showing two wall plaques and ten sculptures) and George Curtis of Owl’s Head (showing 24 Maine landscape watercolors)

March 14-April 3, 1965 — Pastels by Teco Slagboom, a summer resident of Monhegan, Etchings by Edgar S. Sewall of Palermo, and Ceramics by Weston and Brenda Andersen of East Boothbay

January 1965 — Paintings by George Dearborn of Small Point

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1964 Etnier

etnierJuly 19 – August 15, 1964 — Paintings by Stephen Etnier of Harpswell

Stephen Morgan Etnier (September 11, 1903 – November 7, 1984) was an American realist painter, painting for six decades. His work is distinguished by a mixture of realism and luminism, favoring industrial and working scenes, but always imbued with atmospheric light. Geographically, his career spanned the length of the eastern Atlantic and beyond.

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1964 Timeline

Board Officers in 1964: Linwood Partridge of Augusta (president), Mrs. Emery O. Beane, Jr. (Elizabeth) of Augusta (Vice President), Mrs. John Fleming (Alice) of Augusta (Recording Secretary), Miss Madge Ames of Augusta (Corresponding Secretary), Meyer Emanuel, MD of Gardiner (Treasurer). Executive Board: Frederick Preble of Augusta, Leo Meissner of Cape Elizabeth, Alan Bernstien of Augusta, Richard Hurtibise of Augusta, Richard Cote of Hallowell and Mrs. Ralph Webber (Louise) of Augusta. Program Committee: Mrs Clarence Nichols (Adele) of Hallowell, Charles Danforth of Randolph, Mrs. John Fleming (Alice) of Augusta, Mrs. Laurence Partridge (Ruth) of Augusta, and Mrs. Harriet Nelson of Hallowell. House Committe: Richard Hurtubise of Augusta (Chairman), Richard Cote of Hallowell and Robert Demers of Randolph. Hanging Committee: Alan Bernstien of Augusta (Chairman), Alta Ashley, MD of Hallowell, Richard Hurtubise of Augusta and Frederick Preble of Augusta. Ways and Means Committe: Meyer Emanuel, MD of Gardiner, Mrs Frank Marran (Phyllis) of Gardiner, Mrs. Charles Kyes (Mary) of Farmingdale, Mrs Richard Tardiff (Tonie) of Augusta. Gallery Host and Hostess Committee: Co-Chairmen Mrs Bruno Rissanen (Aino) of Wiscasset and Mrs. Ralph Weber (Louise) of Augusta. Junior KVAA (organized May 20, 1964) Elizabeth Masciadri of Hallowell (President), Maura Wing of Farmingdale (Vice President), Patricia Arbour of Augusta (Secretary), and Mike Wing of Farmingdale (Treasurer).

Started showing “PROFESSIONAL MAINE ARTISTS” in 1964. jazz, one act play, workshops. April 18, 1964 newsletter: 3rd floor renovations for use as meeting space and workhsops, hauled out rubbish, 2 volunteers wired it for electricity, there were plans to paint and make ready for use. October 29, 1964 – 2nd floor offered as studio space at $2.50 a week. – from notes on KVAA history by Sharon Reishus, 1996

Workshops held every Thursday night – no instructors, members took turn modeling for figure and portrait practice or set up a still life to draw from. Marion Chapman taught a beginner’s art class. Paul Plumer taught a combined beginner to advanced class.

August 1964 — Fifth Maine State Art Festival at the State House, an invitational exhibition of painting and sculpture.

August 16-September 8, 1964 — Avant-Garde Art show – Richard Cote of Hallowell and Richard Hurtubise of Manchester, described in the show booklet as a “Completely Unique Experiment,” “an art show of all new modern art and completely experimental, using enamels and relief techniques. Also included are pop art and a technique of combining all the mediums into an integrated theme.”

July 19 – August 15, 1964 — Paintings by Stephen Etnier of Harpswell

May 17 – June 6, 1964 — An Exhibition of Drawings, Graphics and Paintings by Hanne and Harry Greaver of Orono

April 26-May 16, 1964 — Paintings by Jeana Dale Bearce of Brunswick and Dahlov Ipcar of Robinhood

March 1964-Paintings by James A. Elliot and George deLyra of Basin Point, South Harpswell.

February 1964 — Men’s Show: Richard Hurtibise, Linwood Partridge and Stephen Brown of Hallowell, Richard Cote and Paul Plumer, Jr. of Hallowell, Meyer Emanuel, Bert Hoyle and James Whalen of Gardiner, Charles Danforth of Randolph and William Crossley of Monmouth.

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1960 Timeline

Board members in 1960: Madge Ames (treasurer)

The First Maine State Art Festival was organized by the KVAA; it became a well known showcase for professional artists statewide and ran for nine years.

1st major effort; exhibit at State House “Maine Art Festival” ran in summer o f1960 and drew 6,000 -9,000 attendees according to the KJ. Dahlov Ipcar and Stephen Etneir among the exhibitiors. Cosponsored by Maine Department of Economic Development.

Stationary ordered Feb 9, 1960 w/ logo: “most attractive with an insignia on a gray background full moon” designed by president Robert Demers, winner of a logo design contest. — from notes on KVAA history by Sharon Reishus, 1996

August 1960 — First Maine State Art Festival at the State House, an invitational exhibition of painting and sculpture.

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1959 Charter

Exhibitions and key events from the late 1950s.

1959

January ’59 65 members ($3/yr dues). “Charter” members met weekly for informal meetings. Bylaws adopted late fall ’59. Hanging committee could choose art themselves, with or without the aid of juries. Membership list from July 30, 1959 included 82 members. — from notes on KVAA history by Sharon Reishus, 1996

Charter Members in 1959:

Mrs. Stanley Allen, Gardiner
Miss Madge Ames, Augusta
Dr. Ashley Alta, Hallowell
Mrs. Edith Bonenfant, Augusta
Mrs. Brooks Brown (Marylou), Augusta
Mrs. Carol Burke, Augusta
Rachel Cake, Hallowell
Mrs. Lucile Cheney, Augusta
Dr. Albert Crawford, Togus
Mrs. Alice Darlington, Augusta
Robert Demers, Augusta
Joan Doucette, Augusta
Miss Helen Dunn, Augusta
Miss Christine Ellis, Augusta
Mrs. Salem Fine (Blanche), Augusta
Mrs. John Fleming (Alice), Augusta
Mrs. Regina Fuller, South China
Henry J. Gardner, Augusta
Mary P. Goodrich, Augusta
Mrs. Dorothy Gray, Hallowell
Cyr Herbert, Hallowell
Mrs. George Henry (Jacqueline), Randolph
Mrs. Robert Horner (Jackie), Augusta
Bertrand Hoyle, Gardiner
Gary Hoyle, Gardiner
Richard Hurtibise, Augusta
Mrs. Jan Kok (Evelyn), Gardiner
Audrey Kurman, Augusta
Mrs. Raymond Lammers, Augusta
Jane Lemieux, Gardiner
Jon & Sylvia Lund, Augusta
Miss Doris McAllister, Augusta
Stanley McCurdy, Farmingdale
Mrs. Peggy McDougal, Hallowell
Mrs. Olive Metcalf, Coopers Mills
Mrs. Hilda Morang, Gardiner
Mrs Rheta Morgan, Augusta
Mrs. Adele Nichols, Hallowell
Mrs. Marjorie Oatway, Vassalboro
Mrs. Norman Payson (Jeanne), Augusta
Mrs. Thomas Powers, Presque Isle
Mary, Fred & Evelyn Preble, Augusta
Mrs. Anne Reardon, Augusta
Errol Reed, Augusta
Mrs. Robert Riedel, Litchfield
Allan Roach, Augusta
Normand St. Pierre
Mrs. Elizabeth Sellar, Augusta
Mrs. Queenie Small, Gardiner
Mrs. Alice Sparrow, Gardiner
Ruth Young Stinchfield, Hallowell
Betty Story, Augusta
Mrs. Richard Tardiff (Antoinette), Augusta
Irene Tetreault, Augusta
Mrs. Samuel Titcomb (Lura), Augusta
Mrs. Mable Thompson, Augusta
Phoebe Trask, Gardiner
Mrs. Quentin Unger (Olga), Gardiner
Mrs. Ralph Webber (Louise), Augusta
Mrs. Doris Weeks, Hallowell
Mr. Claude Wing, Augusta
Rev. Madeline Wing, Augusta

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1958

Board members in 1958: Robert D. Demers (president)

The Kennebec Valley Art Association was formed in Augusta at the YMCA by a group of artists involved with the Augusta Players (this group eventually became Gaslight Theater). The KVAA was founded, and officers elected at a meeting on December 1, 1958.

1st began meeting at the “former Blaine Restaurant on Water Street in August, purpose “to serve the cultural needs of the community” from notes on KVAA history by Sharon Reishus, 1996

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1957

From Harlow Gallery and the Kennebec Valley Art Association attributed to Madge Ames:

“The year was 1957 … there was no place for the local aspiring artist to show his work , and each one felt very much alone.

Among the members of the Augusta Players (now Gaslight Theater) were several such lonely artists, and they hatched the idea of having an art show in the corridors of Cony High School in conjunction with one of their plays. Accordingly, an open invitation was extended to anyone in the area who wanted to exhibit. The response was far beyond anyone’s expectation….

From this experience and the new found knowledge that there were many area people interested in art, came the formation of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, which met in its early years in the basement of the Chamber of Commerce building in the west-side traffic circle.”