In 2013 the Kohler Foundation was selected by the estate of Cushing artist, Bernard (Blackie) Langlais to distribute his works to museums and educational institutions upon the death of Blackie’s wife, Helen. Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School is the proud recipient of 8 major works by Langlais that hang throughout our school. Visitors are welcome to have a tour by contacting the office at 207-236-2823.
Renowned Maine artist, Bernard Langlais, created over 3,000 indoor and outdoor works of art during his lifetime, many of them constructed in response to his surrounding landscape at his Cushing property. Unique, edgy and very creative, he was also well known as a painter in NYC where he lived during the 50s and 60s. The following 10-minute documentary tells the story of the collaboration of three organizations - Colby College Museum of Art, Kohler Foundation Inc., and Georges River Land Trust - and the effort to restore and preserve his artistic legacy.
BERNARD LANGLAIS Restoring and Preserving the Legacy
Created and Produced by Yoke and John DiGiorgio
Nature’s Art Productions LLC
Naturalist, filmmaker and author, Yoke Bauer DiGiorgio’s work tells stories of the human connection to wildlife and the natural environment. Yoke collaborated with her husband John, an accomplished fine art and wildlife photographer, in creating this short documentary and telling the story of Bernard Langlais.
T. Allen Lawson
Tim, a former piano student at the Bay Chamber Music School, most generously donated a print of Rockport Harbor to the school. A widely-collected painter, Tim formally studied portraiture and figure drawing at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the Whitney Gallery of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Florence Griswold Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary Bay Chamber Concerts commissioned nationally renowned painter, print-maker and sculptor, Alan Magee to create a print, the proceeds of which were to benefit the educational programs. A limited edition of 25 prints was created and sold to patrons of the organization throughout the United States.
Magee has had annual one-person shows throughout the United States and Europe. In 1991 a ten-year retrospective, Alan Magee 1981-1991, traveled to four US museums. Archive, an exhibition of Magee’s black and white monotypes opened at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall in November, 2000 and later traveled to the Portland Museum of Art, the University of New Hampshire at Durham, and the New England College Art Gallery. He has received awards for his painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Several television documentaries have been made about his work including the Maine PBS production, Alan Magee, Visions of Darkness and Light, and Alan Magee, Maine Master by the Union of Maine Visual Artists.
Joseph A. Fiore (1925-2008), a Black Mountain College alumnus and teacher, and critically acclaimed vanguard New York artist in the 1960’s, spent his summers in Jefferson, Maine in later life.
During his lifetime, Fiore generously supported the work of Maine Farmland Trust. Today, through Fiore’s art, the Fiore family continues to support Maine Farmland Trust in its mission to preserve Maine’s farmland forever. Close to forty art works have been donated to Maine Farmland Trust with this very mission in mind. Bay Chamber Music School is the proud recipient of one of these paintings.
Moving in and out of landscape painting, mostly as a result of spending summers in Maine since the 1950’s, the artist felt that his abstractions derived from the "primal impulses" to be felt in the deepest working of nature and time. The landscapes led him to reflect upon the geometry of the universe; he firmly believed that both artist and scientist alike play a part in this geometry, which through careful study becomes a part of who they are. For him, the crossing back and forth from representation to abstraction nourished the two modes. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, music also played a major role in his life and work. His father, Salvatore Fiore, was a founding 40 year member of the Cleveland Orchestra. Fiore’s imagery and color certainly have a musical arrangement quality to them. The artist passed away in 2008 at the age of 83.