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“A.F. Tait: Artist of the Adirondacks” at the Adirondack Museum
Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. - Join Adirondack Museum Senior Art Historian/Director Emerita Caroline Welsh on Monday, August 13 for “A.F. Tait: Artist of the Adirondacks.” The program is part of the Monday Evening Lecture series.
Few painters are so closely associated with images of the Adirondacks as Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905). Tait’s pictures of wildlife, sportsmen, landscape, and rural community life resonated with nineteenth-century Americans seeking respite from the fast pace of urban living. Tait’s iconic paintings were reproduced as prints and marketed to a mass audience, and helped to create and perpetuate an image of the Adirondack wilderness as a sportsman’s paradise, a place to find camaraderie among men and test one’s mettle against the forces of nature. His images defined what is “Adirondack” about the Adirondacks in the public imagination and introduced a new dimension to American landscape and wildlife painting by portraying the interactions between wildlife and sportsmen.
The presentation will be held in the Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be offered at no charge to museum members; the fee for non-members is $5.00. For additional information, please visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call (518) 352-7311.
The exhibition: “The Adirondack World of A.F. Tait” is currently on display at the Adirondack Museum. The museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 14, 2012.
Caroline Mastin Welsh is an art historian and Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum. She is a graduate of the Kent School and Wellesley College and was awarded a fellowship in museum studies at the Smithsonian Institution and a fellowship in museum leadership at the Getty Leadership Institute. Her work in the museum profession includes positions at the Smithsonian Institution and the Albany Institute of History and Art in addition to the Adirondack Museum, where she served as both Curator and Director. She is a consultant on museum and exhibit development, and a national peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums. She serves or has served on regional committees and arts organizations in Pennsylvania and New York State as a trustee and advisor including the Friends of the William Penn Museum, the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, the Society for the Preservation of American Modernists, The Exhibition Alliance, the Hale Center for the Study of the Champlain Valley, and the Hamilton College Committee for the Visual Arts.
The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, offers 65,000 square feet of exciting exhibitions housed in twenty-two modern and historic buildings. Visitors can explore how people have lived, worked, traveled, and played in the Adirondacks from the 19th century up to today. The museum is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. For additional information, visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call (518) 352-7311.