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Friends of the Thorne Host Dublin Art Colony Lecture

KEENE, N.H. 6/28/02 The Friends of the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery will host a lecture about the Dublin Art Colony on Thursday, July 18. Susan Faxon, associate director and curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass., will lecture on The Art and Artists of the Dublin Art Colony, starting at 6 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Young Student Center on the Keene State College campus.

The lecture will kick off the Thorne Gallerys fund-raising campaign to acquire more Dublin Colony artwork. A key goal of the Gallery is to acquire a broader representation of the highest quality work by this prolific group of 30 artists. The Gallery is especially interested in adding works by Frank Weston Benson, George de Forest Brush, Rockwell Kent, Lilla Cabot Perry, and Edward Tarbell.

In support of this mission, the Gallery is actively seeking donations of art and contributions to enable the purchase of artwork to enhance its Dublin Art Colony holdings. The Thorne Gallerys mission to acquire works by Dublin Art Colony artists has been endorsed by the Dublin Historical Society and by the Historical Society of Cheshire County.

The Dublin Art Colony is showcased in one of two summer exhibits at the Thorne Gallery. Work by 19th-century artists from the Dublin Art Colony, which flourished around New Hampshires Mount Monadnock into the 20th century, is highlighted in the exhibition Selections from the Collection. The Thorne has in its collection several original works by Dublin Colony artists, including Barry Faulkner, Alexander James, Aimée Lamb, Richard Meryman, William Preston Phelps, and Joseph Lindon Smith. The show, which includes other artwork from the Thornes collection, continues through Wednesday, Aug. 7, and reopens Sept. 3-15 for KSCs fall semester.

The second summer exhibition features arts, crafts, and collectibles from the Keene State College community and Friends of the Thorne. Passionate Pursuits: Keene State College faculty, staff, and students, and Friends of the Thorne share their creations and collectibles also continues through Wednesday, Aug. 7.

During the summer the Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The Gallery is closed Thursday and Friday during the summer. The lecture and exhibits are free and open to the public.

Located on Wyman Way on the Keene State campus, the Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. For information, call 603-358-2720.

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