Art of the Civil War in Belfast
Belfast — In anticipation of Belfast’s participation in “Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War” this fall, Belfast Free Library is collaborating with the Belfast Historical Society and Museum to host a slide lecture by historian Stephen May Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St. The lecture, titled Their Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Art of the Civil War, will include works by Union and Confederate artists with an emphasis on Maine’s role in the war.
May is an independent historian, writer and lecturer about art, culture, historic preservation and history. A summer resident of Union, he writes for national and regional magazines and newspapers, and gives educational slide talks. Combining his long-time interests in American art and history, he has written and spoken extensively about art relating to the Civil War.
In this fully illustrated slide lecture, May examines how the war and its aftermath were depicted by painters, sculptors and photographers on both sides of the conflict. Among the Maine artists featured are painters Winslow Homer of Prout’s Neck and Eastman Johnson of Augusta; and sculptor Franklin Simmons of Portland. Paintings and sculpture of Maine war heroes include images of Brunswick’s Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Rockland’s Hiram G. Berry.
This program is free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.