"Sam Thorpe: Remembered" is the October art exhibit in the Townsend Meeting Hall. Thorpe, a well known and highly collected artist, died in 2005. He maintained a gallery in Kennebunkport, Maine as well as in Townsend.
More than 30 works are on loan from private collections and include paintings ranging from local scenes, to ocean landscapes, to winter settings featuring sugar houses. At times the artist was commissioned to do special scenes. Hirk Fortin employed Thorpe to paint the Fortin home (from the back) as a present to his wife Louise. Susan and Ken Gerken's children surprised them with a painting of their home. Another painting was 'Best in Show' at the Springfield, Massachusetts Art Show, while another painting reminds owner Lindsay Morand of her great-uncle E.B.White's "Charlotte's Web." In sharp contrast to New England scenes is a large painting of a western landscape complete with stagecoach. The picture of a horse's head is a special favorite of hers, Louise Thorpe said. "Sam painted it for me when he was in the Air Corps in Japan."
Sam's wife Louise, who helped the committee arrange the art, requested that works of her great-granddaughter be included. "I want people to know that the family tradition of art talent continues," she said. And a new painting is included in the show: Local artist Jim O'Rourke recently painted the Sam Thorpe studio in its woodsy Townsend setting where many of the works now on display were created. His label reads: "Painted out of admiration for the works of our late, great local artist, by whom I am greatly inspired."
All are invited to a free public reception on Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. Prints of Thorpe's work will be available for purchase and other items associated with his art work will be shown.
In the meantime, the Meeting Hall Gallery, located in the library/senior center complex at 14 Dudley Road, is open to the public during regular hours of the Townsend Library and the Senior Center.