On Sunday August 5th, the Outdoor Heritage Museum will open a unique new exhibit sharing a common, although lesser known genre of art by two exceptional artists. Rangeley au Naturel …the Nude Studies of John Swan & Herb Welch will share the beautiful work of these two fine artists as well as some other fine examples of their more widely recognized work.
Swan has created an exceptional catalog of nude studies and the museum has uncovered a portfolio of Welch’s sketches done while he was an art student in both Paris and New York. The unique exhibition will also share a sculpture and oil paintings done by Welch after he moved to Haines Landing that few have seen in 80 years!
Although art has always been an integral part of the Oquossoc museum’s exhibits, this new exhibition is clearly “new territory” for the regional archive that has become one of Franklin County’s more popular attractions. “We are delighted to be able share this unique exhibition featuring two highly accomplished artists from different eras”, shared Historical Society Executive Director, Bill Pierce. “They are both well known for their Rangeley inspired work, but not so much for their anatomical studies and we hope it will attract art lovers from all over New England”, added Pierce.
As a boy, Swan recalls his grandfather taking him to meet the famous Welch at his Haines Landing shop. “I was very young, but clearly recall Herb’s larger-than-life personality and his kindness to me when I visited with my granddad”, said Swan. “He was such a multi-talented and accomplished artist and sportsman, just a true legend and to now be featured alongside him in an art exhibition is a real honor for me”, added Swan. The museum already shares a large collection of various types of exceptional works of art within its galleries and hopes this exhibition will attract visitors who will then experience the unique history and other outdoor related art forms the museum offers. Rangeley au Naturel will be offered through the museum’s closing for the 2018 season on October 16th.