"Montauk Point," Collection of the
Southold Historical Society
LEMUEL WILES EXHIBIT TO
OPEN AT SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY!
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is
pleased to announce that it will open an exhibition devoted to the works of
noted Peconic School painter Lemuel Maynard Wiles (1826-1905) on February 18th,
2006. The exhibit, entitled “Lemuel Maynard Wiles 1826-1905: American
Painter,” will be the first of its kind devoted to showing the works of
"The Society felt this project was important for a number
of reasons," stated Geoffrey K. Fleming, the Society's Director. "One, there
has never been an organized exhibit of any size devoted to the works of Lemuel
Wiles. And two, Wiles’s connection to the Peconic School of Painters on Long
Island’s North Fork has, until recently, been largely forgotten. This
exhibition proposes to rectify both these issues," he continued.
Lemuel Wiles was born near the town of Perry, NY and
trained with William S. Hart and Jasper F. Cropsey. During the 1860’s he had a
studio in New York City and by the mid 1870’s had returned to upstate New York
where he taught at Ingham University and founded the Silver Lake Art School. In
the 1890’s he came to teach on Long Island with his son, noted portrait painter
Irving Ramsey Wiles. A very respected painter, Lemuel exhibited widely and
often. During the period of 1865 through 1881 he exhibited no less than
forty-one different oils at the Brooklyn Art Association.
Over the course of his long career, Lemuel Wiles created
magnificent paintings depicting the Hudson River Valley, the landscapes of
Genesee and Wyoming Counties, views of Yosemite and the American West, as well
as detailed images of Long Island and the North Fork. Some of these very types
of depictions are included in this show.
One of the more interesting works that will be on display
is a painting created near Peconic in 1901. The painting is probably a scene
along the shores of Little Peconic Bay, nearby where the Wiles, Prellwitz, and
Bell families had their studios. Lemuel Wiles realized early-on the quiet, calm,
and natural beauty of the area came with a price. He remarked in a letter
(1900) sent from Peconic: “written and signed with a quill pen – steel
pens all rusted out, and the stationary store over a mile off.”
The exhibition will take place from February 18th
– April 16th, 2006 in the Society's Prince Building Winter
Gallery located at 54325 Main Road, Southold. The Gallery will be open Saturday
and Sunday from 1-4 pm, except for Presidents Day Weekend when the exhibit will
also be open on Monday, February 20th. A number of pictures borrowed
from both public and private sources will be featured in the exhibition.
This exhibition was funded in part by a grant from the
prestigious New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Museum Program Exhibition
Grant. The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to
preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and
will become the heritage of New York's citizens.
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