Langlais exhibit, ArtLab at CMCA

Feb 09, 2014
“Giraffes” is a circa 1971 work by Bernard Langlais of wood and paint on wood.

Rockport — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., will feature the imaginative animal kingdom of artist Bernard Langlais in a special school vacation week exhibition. The works in the exhibition are recent gifts to CMCA from Colby College and Kohler Foundation, Inc. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Accompanying the exhibition will be ArtLab for All Ages workshops inspired by Langlais’ work. The Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., workshops will offer a variety of projects. Participants may come to as many as they like; all materials will be provided. Admission is free and no registration is required.

“Blackie” Langlais (1921-1977) was a native of Old Town who studied at the Corcoran School of Art, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Brooklyn Museum School. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he lived in Paris and New York, where he began working with wood, creating abstract reliefs. In 1966, he returned permanently to Maine, settling on a riverfront property in Cushing. There he began creating the figurative sculptures for which he is widely known.

Langlais was a long-time member of Maine Coast Artists and his 18-foot wooden seagull hung on the facade of the Russell Avenue building for many years before the organizational name was changed to Center for Maine Contemporary Art in 2000.

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“Barn Trophy,” circa 1958-62, is made from wood, paint, and metal on wood. (Artwork by: Bernard Langlais)
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