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September 07, 2013


Bambi Good

Dear Paul, Last Sept. we went to the Portland Museum of Art where we saw an outstanding Homer exhibit and even, the outside of his home on Prouts Neck, a home which was opened to the public in the middle of that month (for $50 you could go inside if you had made reservations well in advance). The MFA had a wonderful Homer show years ago at which time I learned that he did a great deal of painting showing his mastery of light in both Gloucester and on the Cape. I never tire of seeing Homer whose greatness is revealed more in every viewing, from every perspective. Thank you for the beginning of this review. Unfortunately, we will not make it...

Sarah Mills

Paul, your descriptions (so far) of this exhibit are wonderful! You make Homer's art so accessible through them that I feel as if I were right there viewing each work. And the photos you were able to get - what an addition! I can't wait to read the finished piece!
Hope you're feeling well and have enjoyed this wonderful summer. You should come to Portland sometime with a reservation to see Homer's studio at Prout's Neck which the Portland Museum has completely renovated. We haven't been yet - it's been open less than a year....

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

I agree, Bambi,
He's one of those artists that's fun to revisit, to discover bits you didnt notice the first go 'round. I'll look for the Prouts Neck home.Thanks!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large

Thanks, Sarah, here's the finished piece!
I was lucky to get some decent photos with my little digital camera. I've been to the lovely little museum in Portland several years ago, this is a chance to revisit it. You're the second reader who's reminded me of Homer's studio in Prouts Neck, looks like a destination to me!

Shelley Allison

Thanks for this. I would’ve loved to have seen this live but this is the next best thing! I volunteered at my son’s elementary school doing “Docent Art” session 4-5 times a year from 3rd-6th grade and I did a session on Homer. As I recall, he worked for Atlantic magazine (?) as an illustrator when he was doing all those engravings before and during the war. He did have amazing range so I really appreciate your recap of the exhibit.

Shelley Allison

BTW, Snap the Whip was one of the pieces that I “taught” as part of the Docent Art program. It was great getting the kids’ reactions to it (always my favorite part of participating in that program). s.

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