Governor LePage Proclaims July 12, 2012 as Wyeth Day

July 12, 2012

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA - Per previous legislation, Governor Paul LePage issued the following proclamation declaring July 12, 2012 as Wyeth Day:

"WHEREAS, Maine has inspired much of the magnificent body of work that the Wyeth family has produced and continues to produce, since N.C. Wyeth first brought his family to Port Clyde in 1920; and

WHEREAS, the Wyeth’s have helped through art to deepen the world’s understanding and appreciation of the Pine Tree State; and

WHEREAS, Newell Convers Wyeth produced many acclaimed easel paintings in the Port Clyde area and is world-renowned for his compelling illustrations, many of which were derived from his Maine-based knowledge of coastal and maritime life; and

WHEREAS, Andrew Newell Wyeth is an internationally acclaimed artist who spent half of his life depicting the land, sea and people well known to him in Maine and was the recipient of twenty-three honorary degrees, including his very first from Colby College in 1954; and

WHEREAS, James Browning Wyeth is an internationally acclaimed artist who has spent half of his life painting the land, sea, animals and people well known to him in Maine whose work can be found in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and many others; and

WHEREAS, Betsy James Wyeth was her husband’s muse and partner in all aspects of life; through her academic and publishing endeavors significantly advanced the body of knowledge about how great artists work; created the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum and has provided visionary leadership by example in the preservation of Maine’s working waterfronts; and

WHEREAS, the Wyeth family’s generosity toward, and partnership with the Farnsworth Art Museum has immeasurably enhanced the cultural allure of the State of Maine; and

WHEREAS, the Wyeth family’s concern and vision for working communities along the coast and islands of Maine led to the founding of the Island Institute; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Wyeth family are known to the world as great artists, but to many Maine residents they have been best known as neighbors and friends; and

WHEREAS, Andrew Wyeth’s passing has been recognized and mourned around the world, by the Sovereign nation of Canada, by the United States Senate and by countless lovers of his work; and

WHEREAS, Andrew Wyeth asked to be buried in Maine and is at rest in the Olson family cemetery in the field just down the hill from the Olson House depicted in Christina’s World, close to his dear friends, Christina and Alvaro Olson.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim July 12, 2012 as

WYETH DAY

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance."

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