WAYNE — “Traveling Brushes … Friends who paint in Wayne” will be a featured art show and sale at the Williams House, a Cary Memorial Library property, Friday, Sept. 4, through Saturday, Sept. 12. The exhibit will showcase art by Jann H. Gilmore, George Hamilton, Haden Harris Pickel and Cecilia Clanton, all artists from away who spend time in Wayne every summer and wanted to share their works as part of the Homes of Wayne Tour~Places of the Heart, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Art sale proceeds will benefit the Cary Memorial Library and the Wayne Community Church.

Gilmore is the revered summer artist for the Homes of Wayne Tour and has painted watercolors of each home or camp that has been featured on the tour, a gift of more than 60 watercolors that represent the beauty of Wayne’s unique architecture. With graduate degrees in American architectural history, she worked for the National Register and as director of the Museums Program at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C. A passion for collecting historic art by American women has led to five books and numerous articles. She and Joyce Puckett also share a passion for historic greeting cards and they have written a book and curated an exhibition on this popular subject. She has been represented in galleries along the east coast. As a summer Wayne visitor for 44 years.

Hamilton’s medium is oil. As a young man, he attended the Tam O’ Shanter Art School affiliated with the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Military service and a career interrupted his art work until the 1980s when he became a part of the Connecticut art scene where he specialized in “bird’s eye views” of small towns and vistas, and showed regularly at the Mark Twain Library. Since arriving on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, he has focused on painting the boats, sky and water of the Chesapeake. As an experienced sailor, he is able to transfer a comfortable sailing scene into a thrilling ride with the wind, sails and water in harmony, or to capture the serenity of the Bay at rest. He has been a regular visitor to Lake Androscoggin in Wayne and painted many local scenes.

Clanton lives on a farm in Mississippi with her husband surrounded by birds, horses, cats and dogs. She began painting about 20 years ago and over time returned to college to pursue art on a serious basis. Her intention is to take nature which surrounds her, particularly bird’s nests, leaves and trees and make the observer recognize how natural elements make statements about our daily lives. The themes she most often explores are home, family and rejuvenation.

Pickel graduated with a degree in visual arts and has enjoyed studying with many painters in the United States and beyond. Haden lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is active in the Chestnut Group, the plein air painting society in Middle Tennessee as well as Women Painters of the Southeast. She also teaches and her work is represented in many collections in the Southeast. Her range of subject matter is wide: figurative, landscape and floral, as well as larger more abstract and intuitive compositions. “I continue to explore, learn and paint simply for the joy of it. It is a lifelong pursuit!”

The public is invited to the Williams House Art Exhibition’s Opening Reception set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at 14 Old Winthrop Road. The exhibition also will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 5, during the library’s First Saturday event where visitors can enjoy coffee, tea, quiche and scones as well as perusing the many volumes of books for sale. Gallery hours the week preceding the home tour will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Labor Day, and 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, call the Cary Memorial Library at 685-3612.

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