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Rufus Porter Museum Schedules a Busy July 2011
Rufus Porter Museum Schedules a Busy July 2011

Bridgton, Maine - An historic house tour, a weathervane exhibit, and five days of hands-on art classes are all on offer during July at the local Rufus Porter Museum.

The house tour, slated for Saturday, July 9 features seven local properties of great interest ranging from a local farm house, built in the 1830’s, to a Queen Anne-style meeting hall built in 1892.

The most unusual property on the tour is a water-powered coffin factory. Built by Bridgton’s first undertaker in 1856, the shop is the only survivor among two dozen factories along Stevens Brook running from Highland Lake to Long Lake. The shop’s ground floor features many old saws and implements used in cabinet making.

Folk Art on High is the museum’s summer exhibit of 19th century weathervanes from two private collections. Thirty six (36) exciting weathervanes are on display.

A three-day course, one of six during the Cultural Heritage Series scheduled for late July, provides students with an eco-friendly wall to paint in the Rufus Porter style.  

Two newly published books further enhance the museum goers’ experience this summer.

Folk Art on High: 19th Century Decorative Weathervanes is the catalogue, assembled by Linda Lefko, of the weathervane exhibit at the museum through Columbus Day.  

Authors Linda Lefko and Jane Radcliffe recently completed, Folk Art Murals of the Rufus Porter School: New England Landscapes 1825-1845. This authoritative work, published by Schiffer Books, features 400 color illustrations and exhibits the writers’ passion for unearthing unpublished documentation.

The Rufus Porter Museum is busy collecting and displaying Porter’s innovative wall murals he created as an itinerant artist in the 1830’s. Nephew Jonathan Poor’s murals are also featured in the collections.

The Rufus Porter Museum, 67 North High Street (Route 302), is open through mid – October from Noon until 4 PM Wednesday through Saturday.

The museum strives to preserve and enhance western Maine and New England heritage for current and future generations and to provide a continued educational experience of the traditional arts.

Bridgton is located on Route 302 - 35 miles NW of Portland and 15 miles SE of Conway, New Hampshire.

For more information call 207-647-2828, or visit the museum’s website: www.rufusportermuseum.org.

 

 

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