Reber on Homer for Cushing Historical

May 30, 2014
Win Reber

Cushing — Win Reber will present a program on the life of Winslow Homer for the Cushing Historical Society. The Thursday, June 12, meeting will take place in the Cushing Historical Society meeting house on Hawthorn Point Road, just off Pleasant Point Road, beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a short business meeting, followed by the program.

Homer is well known for his paintings in oil and watercolor of the Maine coast, the North Woods, Florida and the Caribbean, in addition to his earlier work as an illustrator during the Civil War and after. Many think of Homer as one of our greatest watercolor painters and it is considered the medium in which he has made his most original contributions. He also is important in this area due to the opening of his Prout’s Neck Studio in Scarborough by the Portland Museum of Art.

Reber taught art history in addition to regular studio art in the Radnor, Pa., schools. In fact, he devised a required art program for all ninth graders in his school district that was based on art history combined with studio art. The students in the course would study various periods of art and then produce pieces based on the techniques and understanding of those periods of history. For 20 years, he also was curator of the Rosemont Collection of Art.

Reber has also given talks about the loss of artwork during WWII and its recovery, in addition to those on artists and art periods. He lectures regularly in Pennsylvania on various art topics.

Since his retirement, Reber has been exhibiting his own watercolors in Maine and in Eastern Pennsylvania. He and wife Carol live in Pennsylvania Amish country seven months of the year; and in Cushing, Maine the other five months.

The next meeting of the Historical Society will be July 10, when Stephan May will speak on Three Generations of Wyeths.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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