The monthly meeting of the Cushing Historical Society will be held Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. There is a change in the program for this month. The Saving Sailing History presentation by Chris Bouzaid and Lydia Langston Bouzaid has been canceled because of health reasons. In its place Win Reber, a popular presenter from Cushing, will present a program titled Artists in Maine.

After Maine received statehood in 1820, it severed its dependence on Massachusetts and began to develop its own culture. Some struggling artists were trying to create a market for their landscapes, but it took people like Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School of artists to bring Maine’s magnificent wilderness to the attention of artists and art lovers throughout the country. Many flocked here, and the styles and attitudes changed constantly throughout the years.

Reber’s program will attempt to give a feeling for how art developed in Maine and explore who some of the major artists were who lived and worked here … and even some who work here today.

Reber taught art history, in addition to regular studio art, in the Radnor, Pa., schools, devising a required art program for all ninth graders in his school district that was based on art history combined with studio art. For 20 years, he also was curator of the Rosemont Collection of Art. Since his retirement, he has been exhibiting his own watercolors in Maine and in Eastern Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife Carol in Pennsylvania Amish country seven months of the year; and in Cushing, Maine the other five months.

The meeting will begin 7:30 p.m. with a short business meeting, followed by the program. The society is located at 17 Hawthorn Point Road, just off the Pleasant Point Road. The next program of the CHS will be on second Thursday of the month, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m., will be Primitive Cooking with Maynard Stanley.

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