Georges River Land Trust pilots Art Loan Program with United Midcoast Charities
The Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) is pleased to pilot a new Langlais Art Loan Program with United Midcoast Charities in Camden. Several original paintings by Bernard Langlais, owned by the Georges River Land Trust, now hang at United Midcoast Charities on loan from the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing.
The gift of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve from the Kohler Foundation in 2015 to Georges River Land Trust included Langlais’ home and studio, as well as a dozen outdoor sculptures and many study collection works on paper, canvas, wood and masonite. As Langlais was incredibly prolific during his 10 years in Cushing, his estate included several thousand sculptures, large and small, as well as indoor paintings and drawings. Nearly 50 institutions in Maine benefitted from a collaborative gift from Colby College and the Kohler Foundation of Langlais’ works that are identified at the LanglaisArtTrail.org website, and can be seen in person. Many of his study collection pieces remained on the property and are now stewarded by the Georges River Land Trust, as part of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. The Loan Program, with assistance from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, has allowed the Land Trust to prepare some of these works for display and share Langlais’ creative genius in the community.
Megan Williams, Executive Director of United Midcoast Charities, is glad to help the Land Trust pilot this new program. “United Midcoast Charities is excited to partner with Georges River Land Trust – not only do we get to display beautiful works by the Maine artist Bernard Langlais, but we also get to help spread the word about the Langlais Sculpture Preserve,” says Ms. Williams.
Organized in 1987, the Georges River Land Trust works to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences. For more information, please visit Georges River Land Trust’s website (www.GeorgesRiver.org) or call (207) 594-5166 for more information.