The work of Kittery Point, Maine, woodcarver John Haley Bellamy will come to life at Discover Portsmouth in 2014. The Portsmouth Historical Society has received a $55,000 grant from Mr. and Mrs. Pete Nicholas to support a new book and exhibit on Bellamy, famous for his iconic carvings of American eagles.
The exhibition and hardcover book will explore Bellamy’s life and his art. The show, Bold and Brash! The Art of John Haley Bellamy, will open April 3 at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and will extend through October. It will be the largest and most dramatic display of Bellamy’s works ever staged for public view. The Nicholases’ gift covers the costs of the book and half the costs of the exhibit.
James A. Craig, curator of the Bellamy project, chronicles the artist and his work in the book American Eagle, which will be released this spring through the Portsmouth Marine Society Press.
“Our new Bellamy book and exhibit will rival anything you can find in a major museum,” said Portsmouth Historical Society director Maryellen Burke. “A project of this scale would not be possible without benefactors like Pete and Ginny Nicholas. It’s the largest gift we’ve received for program support, and this will be the largest exhibit of Bellamy’s works in history,” said Burke. “We still need to raise an additional $30,000 in corporate and other donor support to reach our goal for this incredible exhibit.”
Discover Portsmouth will also feature monthly gallery talks and programs related to wood carving and other Bellamy connections. Contact Maryellen Burke for more information at (603) 436-8433.
Originally published in the March 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest