Grand opening for Langlais Sculpture Preserve

Sep 03, 2017
The new Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing will have a public grand opening Saturday afternoon, Sept. 16.

Cushing — The public is invited to the grand opening of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve Saturday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Georges River Land Trust has been hard at work with the Kohler Foundation over the last five years to protect and conserve the legacy of renowned Maine artist Bernard “Blackie” Langlais at his homestead. Early last year, the land trust took title to the new 90-acre preserve.

Through many generous partnerships, more than 12 outdoor, larger-than-life wooden sculptures were professionally conserved; the house, barn and studio were repaired; and several energy efficiency upgrades were completed. GRLT has created a safe and accessible parking area; and completed an ADA accessible trail through the five-acre sculpture area, as part of the larger 90-acre preserve.

The event is free and open to the public; parking will be off-site at 734 River Road, with shuttle service to the preserve. The grand opening will include activities for art, history and film aficionados, as well as free art projects and readings for kids. Access to the house and grounds will be hosted by friends of Blackie, and everyone is invited to learn more about his art legacy and life.

Special activities will include a reading of the Maine Art Series for Young Readers book “Bernard Langlais, Sculptor” at 4 p.m.; art projects for young children with artist Susan Beebe; a parade for all ages; story telling, as people who knew Blackie are invited to share their stories with oral historian Meghan Vigeant of Stories to Tell to preserve the legacy of this unique artist and property; short films of Langlais playing throughout the day; live music by Playin’ Possum; pony rides; baked goods to benefit the Cushing Community School and other snacks; and a new exhibition of paintings and photographs on view. GRLT is grateful to Cold Mountain Builders of Belfast for being the lead sponsor of this event.

The grand opening is part of a series of events celebrating the Georges River Land Trust’s 30 years of conservation in the Midcoast. The land trust has conserved 3,600 acres of natural habitats and working lands in Knox and Waldo Counties and receives 90 percent of its support through individual donations. For more information about programs, trails, events and membership, visit georgesriver.org or call 594-5166.

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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