Langlais works chosen, unveiled in Cushing

Jun 09, 2014
“Jungle” is the entry-visible art by Bernard “Blackie” Langlais at Cushing Community School.

Cushing — Last summer, Cushing Community School was informed that the Kohler Foundation and Colby College would be distributing pieces of artwork from the Bernard Langlais Estate to various locations, many of which were museums. The Langlais Estate is located in Cushing; the Langlaises were longtime residents of Cushing; and Langlais’ wife, Helen, was a teacher at the Cushing School.

The Cushing Community School had an opportunity to select pieces of artwork to be donated. Various individuals were involved in this selection process including board member Loren Andrews, parent Bob Garcia, teacher Beth Heidemann and principal Ainslee Riley.

The school has received 10 pieces of artwork, six of which will be hung in the Cushing Community School, with locations previously chosen during the selection process. The committee selected four of the pieces with other schools in the district Cushing students attend in mind, a suggestion that received approval. Pieces were selected for Lura Libby, Thomaston Grammar and Oceanside High School West schools in Thomaston; and Oceanside High School East in Rockland.

The donated artwork includes: for TGS, a wall hanging that features a moose, bear and other Maine wildlife; for Lura Libby, whose mascot is the Lions, a wall hanging of a lion’s head; for Oceanside West, a wall hanging of fish; and for Oceanside East, a wall hanging of a shore bird.

Artwork donated to the major beneficiary, Cushing Community School, includes an insect wall hanging to be hung in the kindergarten classroom; a wooden dog sculpture to be displayed in the library; a giraffe and elephant wall hanging with multiple possible display locations; a lion in a garden wall hanging to be hung in the lobby or art room; “The Crossing,” a wall hanging for the library; and an animal panel titled “Jungle” to be placed in the hallway in such a way it will be seen by people entering the building.

The school held a Family Art Night June 3 to welcome the artwork. More than 100 people attended, including Cushing Community School students and their families and community members. A documentary on Langlais made by the Kohler Foundation, Colby College and the Georges River Land Trust was screened. Principal Riley read a letter from the Kohler Foundation and shared some information about the art work and how the school came to be gifted the work. The Langlais art works that will be out on loan to other schools also were unveiled and there were hour-long art sessions held for students and their families at each grade level. Local artists who ran these sessions were Sandy Weisman, Nancy Harris Frohlich, Susan Beebe, Sarah Rogers and Alexis Iammarino. Students were able to take home a piece of artwork created by them at the end of the evening.

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

Comments (1)
Posted by: Donna Hurley | Jun 11, 2014 12:53

Blackie is Smiling!

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