Langlais Art Loan Program launched

Jan 14, 2018
United Midcoast Charities Executive Director Megan Williams, left; and Annette Naegel, director of conservation for Georges River Land Trust, stand with an oil painting by Bernard Langlais currently on loan to UMC.

Rockland — Georges River Land Trust is piloting a new Langlais Art Loan Program with the Camden-based United Midcoast Charities. Several original paintings by Bernard Langlais, owned by the Georges River Land Trust, now hang at United Midcoast Charities, on loan from the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing.

The gift of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve from the Kohler Foundation in 2015 to Georges River Land Trust included Langlais’ home and studio, as well as a dozen outdoor sculptures and many study collection works on paper, canvas, wood and Masonite. As Langlais was incredibly prolific during his 10 years in Cushing, his estate included several thousand sculptures, large and small, as well as indoor paintings and drawings.

Nearly 50 institutions in Maine benefited from a collaborative gift from Colby College and the Kohler Foundation of Langlais’ works that are identified at the website; and can be seen in person. Many of his study collection pieces remained on the property and are now stewarded by the Georges River Land Trust, as part of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. The loan program, with assistance from the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, has allowed the land trust to prepare some of these works for display and share Langlais’ creative genius in the community.

Organized in 1987, Georges River Land Trust works to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences. For more information, visit or call 594-5166.

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

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