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M.A.D. Staff | July 13th, 2014

Maine Antique Digest includes, as space permits, brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. We need to know the hours and dates of the exhibit, admission charges, and phone number and Web site for further information. All listings must include an image. Electronic images are preferred, but we can accept photographs or slides. The information may be e-mailed to <[email protected]> or mailed to Exhibitions, Maine Antique Digest, PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572.

Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Farm House at Essex, 1929, watercolor on paper, 14" x 19 15/16".

—Through August 15
—New York City

Hirschl & Adler Galleries presents Our American Life, an exhibit of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the 19th century to the present that focuses on the landscape and culture of America as seen by the artists. Works by Eastman Johnson, William Glackens, Marsden Hartley, Fairfield Porter, and others are on view, as well as works by contemporary artists.

Hirschl & Adler is located in the Crown Building at the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more information, call (212) 535-8810 or visit (

Benjamin Champney (1817-1907), Peace and Harmony, 1865.

—Through September 12
—Keene, New Hampshire

The Historical Society of Cheshire County presents Canvassing the White Mountains: Icons of Place, showcasing works from the 19th and early 20th century of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Mount Monadnock. The exhibit features paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Alfred Bricher, Asher Durand, Alvan Fisher, and others and shows “how the painting styles of these artists illustrate not only the evolution of American art, but also how they helped to shape the American view of and reaction to wilderness and nature.”

The historical society is located at 246 Main Street in Keene. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and the first and third Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon. Admission to the exhibit is $5 ($4 for members). For more information, call (603) 352-1895 or visit (

John Belli, Indian Low Front.

—Through September 28
—Springfield, Massachusetts

At the Springfield Museums is a series of exhibitions focusing on the art genre known as steampunk. Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City has exhibits in both the George Walter Vincent Smith (GWVS) Art Museum and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. According to a press release, the term steampunk “describes a fantasy world where steam-powered technology of the Victorian era merges with elements of contemporary time. Steampunk has...grown into an artistic and design subculture combining science fiction, history, fantasy and technology.” The GWVS Art Museum is hosting the primary exhibit of the project, Humachines, with 12 large-scale pieces created by guest curator and visionary Bruce Rosenbaum and a group of artists that “transform legendary Victorian-era writers and inventors into the very creations they envisioned.” Other exhibits of Steampunk Springfield consist of entries chosen during design competitions in the fall of 2013. Brassy Bridal: Steampunk Wedding features steampunk bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, jewelry, and accessories and is on display at the GWVS Art Museum, while Fifty Firsts: Springfield Inventions Reinvented is on display at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The museums are located at 21 Edwards Street in Springfield. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and for college students with ID, $8 for children three to 17, and free for children two and under. Tickets include admission to all five of the museums in the complex. For more information on these and other steampunk events in the area, call (413) 263-6800 or visit (

—Through October 5
—Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) presents a collection of Fabergé from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweller to the Czars. A press release notes that “the exhibition comprises some 240 objects, including four of the 43 remaining famous Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs. It also features a wealth of documentation on the history and traditions of Orthodox Russia, the techniques of the House of Fabergé and those who forged its works, and the fall of the czarist regime, which brought about that of the jeweler.” A catalog of the Fabergé collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is available.

The MMFA is located at 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest in Montreal. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Wednesdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the exhibition and the museum is $20 for adults ages 31 and up, $12 for ages 13 to 30, and free for children 12 and under and for VIP members. Admission is $10 on Wednesday evenings starting at 5 p.m. For more information, call (800) 899-6873 or (514) 285-2000, or visit (

Carl Fabergé, Henrik Wigström (workmaster), Imperial Czarevich Easter egg, 1912, six sections of lapis lazuli decorated with two-headed eagles, winged caryatids, hanging canopies, strap work, floral baskets, and sprays. A thin, flat tabular diamond covers the Cyrillic monogram “AF” (for Alexandra Feodorovna). Inside the egg is a two-sided portrait of the Czarevich Alexei at the age of eight painted on ivory, inlaid in a support in the shape of a two-headed eagle encrusted with diamonds, resting on a lapis lazuli pedestal. Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo by Katherine Wetzel, ©Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

—Through November 2
—Bennington, Vermont

The Bennington Museum presents Alice Neel/Erastus Field: Painting the People.  A press release notes that although portrait painters Neel (1900-1984) and Field (1805-1900) were separated by 100 years, their works “have a remarkable resonance with one another.” The exhibit shows the similarities in the artists’ “cultural, political, and social milieus, as well as the subjects of their paintings.”

The museum is located at 75 Main Street in Bennington. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, July through October; and Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November through June. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and for students over 18, and free for youths 17 and under. For more information, call (802) 447-1571 or visit (

Erastus Salisbury Field, Sarah Elizabeth Ball, circa 1838, oil on canvas, 35 1/8" x 29¼". Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Photo by Petegorsky/Gipe.

—Through December 14
—Williamstown, Massachusetts

The Williams College Museum of Art presents Material Friction: Americana and American Art–Highlights from the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection.In an interview published in the exhibit’s brochure, the Fieldings explained their focus: “The broadness of our collection has to do with our interest in history and the stories the objects tell. We did not want to confine ourselves to just furniture or just paintings because there is so much beauty in things such as a piece of needlework or a beautifully carved foot warmer. We do have a specific focus on New England from 1680 to 1850, although a few objects from New York and Pennsylvania have crept in.”

The museum is located at 15 Lawrence Hall Drive on the campus of Williams College. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. For more information, call (413) 597-2429 or visit (

Maker unknown, Devotion family slant-front desk, 1700-40, maple with brass hardware. Collection of Jonathan and Karin Fielding. Photo by Tim Street-Porter.

Bartholomew Schaats, tankard, silver, circa 1728. The Cahn Collection, image ©2011 David Ulmer.

—Through May 24, 2015
—Williamsburg, Virginia

A Handsome Cupboard of Plate: Early American Silver from the Cahn Collection is currently on view at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. More than 50 pieces have been selected for the exhibit from the collection of Paul and Elissa Cahn, including a circa 1690 brandywine bowl by Cornelius Vander Burch and a pair of sauceboats by Paul Revere. These are supplemented by 14 items from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s collection.

The museum is located at 326 West Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.95 for adults, $6.50 for youths six to 12, and free for children under six. For more information, call (888) 965-7254 or visit (

—September 6 through March 29, 2015
—Harvard, Massachusetts

Maker unknown, Henry David Thoreau’s desk, circa 1800. Photo by Erb Photography.

Fruitlands Museum will present 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum in celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary. This exhibition will showcase select items, as chosen by the public, from the museum’s five collections: the land, the Shakers, the Transcendentalists and reformers, the Native Americans, and American art. A book by the same name will be available.

The museum is located at 102 Prospect Hill Road in Harvard. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students with valid ID and seniors, $5 for youths five to 13, and free for children under five and for members. Hours through November 2 are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For winter hours and more information, call (978) 456-3924 or visit (

Originally published in the August 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest

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