Many of us dream of living a life completely filled with art, craft and creative projects around every corner. Bernard Langlais did just that. He turned his property in Cushing, Maine into a giant sculpture park and studio full of his beautiful wooden creatures and modern paintings. My mother was great about taking me to see art whenever we were on the mainland. She introduced me to the work of artists such as Louise Nevelson and Bernard Langlais, whom worked in multiple mediums and had roots in the area where I grew up. I’ll never forget her taking me to visit his studio in Cushing, Maine for the first time. It looked and felt like a playground for anyone that liked to create things and tinker around a studio.
Thank you to Colby College Museum of Art for the current retrospective of his work, which runs through January 4, 2015. Hannah Blunt, assistant curator at the Colby Museum, the Kohler Foundation and Georges River Land Trust are all to be thanked for their valuable work preserving the Langlais property and artworks.