Sculptor Clark Fitz-Gerald carving in his Castine studio in the 1950s. ROLLIE MCKENNA PHOTO

Seeing things: Late sculptor’s vision rekindled in exhibit



CASTINE — Sculptor Clark Fitz-Gerald is the focus of a newly opened, seasonal show in the exhibit gallery of the Abbott School. “Clark Fitz-Gerald: Castine’s Celebrated Sculptor-in-Residence” features a sampling of the artist’s impressive body of work, which is marked by humanity and humor. The exhibit runs through Oct. 10.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Clark Fitz-Gerald (1917-2004) achieved regional, national and international renown for his work. Hosted by the Castine Historical Society, the exhibition highlights the artist’s inspirations: the Bible and myth, science and the natural world and the human form. From caricatures and creatures to studies for major public commissions, the works reflect the career of a major contemporary sculptor. On display are sculptures loaned from private collections as well as drawings, historic photographs, and writings from the Clark Fitz-Gerald archival collection, donated by the sculptor’s children, Stephen and Leah, to the society in 2017.

Guest curator Carl Little has helped organize a number of exhibitions on Maine artists, including John Marin, Bernard Langlais, Karl Schrag, and Dorothy Eisner. He is the author of many artbooks, among them monographs on Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer, as well as such contemporaries as Jeffrey Becton, Dahlov Ipcar, Eric Hopkins and Philip Frey. In 2021, the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation presented Little with its Lifetime Achievement Award for art writing.

This exhibition is funded in part through two grants from the Maine Arts Commission. The Abbott School is located at 17 School St.

For exhibit hours and to learn about the series of related lectures and programs, visit www.castinehistoricalsociety.org or call 326-4118.

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