Handmade silhouettes to be offered at museum

Posted March 11, 2009, at 5:08 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.

ORRINGTON, Maine — The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum is taking reservations for appointments for sittings for handmade silhouette portraits by Jean Comerford of Portraits in Silhouette.

Sittings will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at 372 Fields Pond Road.

Portraits in Silhouette, based in Hardwick, Mass., is a mother-daughter business featuring portraits of famous New Englanders in Yankee magazine each month. Cumerford is one of a handful of artists nationwide who continue the folk art tradition popular in the United States and Europe from the late 18th to the mid-19th century.

Dr. Robert Schmick, volunteer director of educational programs at the homestead, said, “The silhouette portraits done by Ms. Comerford involve a set of very sharp and precise cutting scissors which she uses to snip out a profile of her subject from black paper which is then mounted on white card. What seems most amazing to watch is that through her skill she achieves a likeness in a matter of minutes.”

The cost is $29 per portrait, $10 for copies. For an additional fee, framing is available on-site.

To schedule silhouette sittings or to obtain information, call Robert Schmick at 843-5550 or e-mail rpschmick1@aol.com. Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Curran Homestead’s restoration and living history mission.

April 4, a Saturday, has been declared the Curran Homestead’s annual Maple Festival and Irish Celebration Day.

Visitors can expect an Easter egg hunt, live Irish music, a maple sap to syrup-making demonstration and a tasting of foods made with maple syrup, along with an Irish stew.

Visitors can meet Bodica, the shaggy, long-haired Scottish Highland cow who roams at A Wee Bit Farm in Orland.

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