Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Portland Museum of Art Project

I am working on a very exciting project!

Portland Museum of Fine Arts, here in Portland Maine, contacted me recently and asked if I would collaborate with them to create soaps to compliment their upcoming exhibit featuring Winslow Homer and his art. They wanted to focus on his piece, Weatherbeaten (shown below) as well as others.

In 2012, Portland Museum of Art is celebrating a year of Winslow Homer. 

Visit their website to learn more - http://portlandmuseumofart.org/about/homerstudio/

"See works by Winslow Homer that were painted at his studio on Prouts Neck and have never been exhibited together in Maine and won't be seen again together for generations".

Museum visitors will be able to purchaser bars of soap with unique names that "match" the exhibit, swirls of colors, and with earthy and ocean fragrances. 

They have chosen certain fragrances, ordered batches of soap and are making a special soap label.  In addition, they created a special Winslow Homer / Portland Museum of Art soap stamp!  I just received it yesterday and tried it out. 

I think it looks fantastic!  (I have test stamped on a sample piece of soap)

Here is a bit about Winslow Homer:

From Wikipedia:  (Link to the entire Wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winslow_Homer )

"Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th century America and a preeminent figure in American art.

Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator.[1] He subsequently took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and prolific oeuvre, primarily chronicling his working vacations

In 1883, Homer moved to Prouts Neck, Maine (in Scarborough) and lived at his family's estate in the remodeled carriage house just seventy-five feet from the ocean..."

I am thrilled to be working with the Portland Museum of Art!  What a unique and fun project!  Stay tuned for updates.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You lucky, lucky thing, what a fantastic project to be involved in. I really love it when our soap making can enhance other creative art forms, really looking forward to seeing how the soaps come out. The stamp is perfect!