May 25, 2018
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Final Wyeth painting to be released Saturday

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The final painting by legendary artist Andrew Wyeth will be published in the 2009 edition of the Island Journal, the annual magazine of the Island Institute, which will be available this weekend during an event at the institute’s office.

The tempera painting “Goodbye” was completed in October 2008, three months before Wyeth died at his home in Pennsylvania.

The 2009 Island Journal will be released during a special event starting at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Island Institute’s headquarters, 386 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

“Goodbye” is included in a folio of Wyeth’s Maine work featured in the 25th anniversary edition of Island Journal. The issue also will include an essay by Chris Crosman, the former director of Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum.

The Farnsworth first bought Wyeth’s work in 1944 and now has one of the largest Wyeth collections in the world.

Photographer Peter Ralston, the executive vice president of the institute, will display some of his never-before-seen photographs of Andrew Wyeth, his wife, Betsy, and son, Jamie, taken in the last 30 years. An online gallery of the entire collection of photographs will be available on the institute’s Web site after Saturday’s event.

Andrew and Betsy Wyeth were founding members of the Island Institute, a nonprofit organization that works with Maine’s year-round island and working waterfront communities.

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