Historical society presents talk on artist Langlais July 12

Jul 02, 2018
Win Reber talks about artist Bernard Langlais July 12.

Cushing — The Cushing Historical Society, 17 Hawthorne Point Road, welcomes Win Reber, artist and illustrator,. with an artist presentation on Bernard "Blackie" Langlais July 12 at 7 p.m.. Although he was trained as a painter, his first love was always wood. For 10 years during the 1950s, he was a major success in New York. Due to frustration with the demands of galleries and public life, he gave it all up and moved back to his native Maine. After returning to Maine, he did commissions for income, but mostly did unique, primitive-like outsize wood carvings of animals and various public figures for himself, which are what he is now remembered for, much more than the gallery pieces he did in New York.

Reber has always been interested in art. His father, an artist in his own right, was a strong influence on this interest. While still a young boy, he was enrolled in the Elgin Art Academy, where he received his first formal training in art. In 1964 he accepted a position teaching art in the Radnor Township Public Schools of Wayne, Pennsylvania. While teaching in Radnor, he completed his advanced degree in art education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

He lives with his wife, Carol, and her cat in the Garden Spot Village, in Pennsylvania Amish country, seven months of the year, and in Cushing the other five months.

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