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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Winslow Homer: Reception, talk at Library Thursday

'Winding Line', a valuable Winslow Homer painting
in the collection of the Plainfield Public Library.

Plainfield Public Library Director Joe Da Rold says some things are just to valuable to let hang around.

That is certainly true of the library's two Winslow Homer paintings, a watercolor 'Winding Line' and an oil 'Looking Over The Cliff', which were valued at $7.5 million when reappraised before one was lent to the Art Institute of Chicago for an exhibit. The value of the paintings makes it impossible to offer them for public view on a regular basis.

What to do?

While testing the art market in an effort to set up a trust for future library development (see New York Times story here), an agreement was struck to have reproductions of the two pieces made for every day display in the library's Anne Louise Davis Gallery.

The reproductions will be unveiled at a reception and talk on Thursday evening, where American paintings expert Gretchen Burch of Sotheby's New York will give a talk about Homer's life and art, with especial attention to the two paintings in the Plainfield Public Library's collection.

All are cordially invited.

Winslow Homer at the Plainfield Public Library
Reception and Talk

Thursday, October 1 | 7:00 PM

Anne Louise Davis Gallery

Plainfield Public Library
Park Avenue and 8th Street

-- Dan Damon

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