READFIELD — Local Artists Lost with Time will be presented by Dale Potter-Clark at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Maranacook Adult & Community Education, 2250 Millard Harrison Drive. A snow date is set for March 22.

“This immediate area has produced many, many artists, with various talents who have long disappeared from our memories,” said Potter-Clark in a news release. The slide show will include photos and information about more than a dozen of them including artist and author Wallace Nutting, of Manchester; Robert Vance, of Readfield, who was one of the earliest daguerreotypists in the U.S.; sculpturer Ellsworth Crosby, of Wayne; and Klir Beck of Mount Vernon, artist and creator of the dioramas at the Maine State Capital.

Potter-Clark also will discuss Moses Eaton, stenciler; Rufus Porter and his nephew, Jonathan Poor, muralists; T.J. Richardson, artist; Samuel McNear, silversmith; Joseph Cummings Chase, artist, author; Franklin Richardson, violin maker; Mary Neal Richardson, artist; Henry Harris, musician; Donnell Webb, illustrator, author; Annie Hamilton Donnell, author; Helen Caldwell Cushman, storyteller, radio personality; Erskine Caldwell, author; Robert Bishop, professional dancer, folk art expert; and Olive Bishop Smith, folk artist.

A display will be set up for participants to view actual examples of some paintings, books and artistic creations done by these local artisans, and participants are encouraged to bring their own examples to share.

The registration fee is $12.50. To register, contact Maranacook Adult and Community Education at 685-4923, ext. 1065, or visit

For more information about other historical presentations, visit or call Potter-Clark at 441-9184.

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