Maine Historical Society

MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRESERVING HISTORY
ENGAGING MINDS
CONNECTING MAINE

A Past exhibit

Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

June 27 – December 30, 2008

Family Record of samuel and Lydia Libby, 1830 - Maine Historical Society Collections

Family Record of samuel and Lydia Libby, 1830 - Maine Historical Society Collections

This original exhibit featured an interesting and colorful selection of objects that reflect the diverse experiences of Maine people over the past three centuries.

These beautiful and historic artifacts provide a window into our past. For years, people in Maine have made quilts, samplers, rugs, carvings, portraits, and other types of decorative, personal, or useful objects as a way to express their feelings and record important moments in their life – a marriage, a graduation, a death of a loved one. The materials they used, their artistic style or technique, and their sense of design are the essence of these wonderful objects, and invite us to explore the dynamic nature of everyday life in Maine.

Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine drew from the extensive collections of Maine Historical Society. Over 70 museum artifacts were on view, featuring carved powder horns, decorative quilts, finely made samplers, colorful portraits, and other historic paintings. Featured items included:

The exhibit was part of a statewide collaboration of eleven museums that created the Maine Folk Art Trail and presented exhibits of their collections during 2008.
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