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Castine Historical Society lecture to showcase Fitz-Gerald archive

Clark Fitz-Gerald works on a sculpture in his Castine studio in 1997.
BDN File Photo| Bob DeLong

CASTINE- The Castine Historical Society is sponsoring a special talk by Stephen Fitz-Gerald entitled “Treasures from Clark Fitz-Gerald’s Sketchbooks.” The lecture will take place 4:30-6 p.m Sunday, August 6 at Emerson Hall on Court Street. The event is free and open to the public.

For a sculptor, the sketchbook is where visual ideas are fleshed out and coalesced in their manifestation. The Castine artist Clark Fitz-Gerald (1917-2004) created many works in his long and successful career. His public monolithic commissions adorn cities, universities and cathedrals along the East Coast, in the Midwest, and as far away as Coventry Cathedral in England. His more personal works are cherished by friends and collectors alike.

Fitz-Gerald’s works include his sculptures “Flames of Inspiration”, on display at The University of Maine Orono, and “Continuity of Community” at the Bangor Waterfront.

Recently, Fitz-Gerald’s family gave a substantial archive of the his papers to the Castine Historical Society for preservation in the Society’s fireproof, temperature and humidity-controlled facility on the Town Common. The archive includes photographs, correspondence, publications, cartoons and sixty-five sketchbooks, the latter illustrating how his initial ideas translated to his finished works. The talk will be a digital sampling of these visual treasures with commentary by his son, Stephen, who is also an artist.

The Castine Historical Society, located in the Abbott School and Samuel P. Grindle House on the town common, is a 501(c)3 organization that serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past. For more information about the Castine Historical Society and its programs, please call 326-4118 or visit www.castinehistoricalsociety.org.

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