The Cushing Historical Society will continue its summer Arts in the Barn program with an exhibition of watercolors by Win Reber. The show will open Friday, Aug. 5 with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be on view Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cushing Historical Society’s barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road.

The artist describes himself as being trained to become an abstract expressionist, then having to teach himself how to paint as an abstract realist. Born in Elgin, Ill., Reber’s interest in making art was influenced by his father, also an artist. He was sent to the Elgin Art Academy at an early age for his first formal lessons. A stint in the army, then enrollment at Cornell College of Iowa was followed by mortuary science training so he could join the family business. He later returned to Cornell and after graduation began teaching art on the faculty of the Radnor Township Public Schools of Wayne, Pa., while also earning an master’s degree in art education at Kutztown University.

During 38 years of working with students from the first grade to university graduates, Reber became adept in many media including sculpture, pottery, and jewelry making. He taught art history as well and for 20 years also was also curator of the Rosemont Collection of Art. Reber and his wife live in Pennsylvania Amish country during the seven months of the year they are not in Cushing but he said considers Cushing his real home because of relationships the couple have formed in the community.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to