Artists celebrate Yarmouth ed center, truck museum

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YARMOUTH — The Bickford Education Center is the host and beneficiary of an art show and auction that runs through the end of the month.

The Art on Wheels show features paintings and photographs of vintage vehicles by more than 25 New England artists. The show also includes a collaborative mosaic created by members of the community.

The show runs through Sept. 30, with pieces on display at the Yarmouth History Center, 317 Main Community Music Center, Merrill Memorial Library, and the Bickford Education Center.

The Bickford Education Center is a nonprofit organization, at 48 Railroad Square, that funds experiential arts education programs. Related to the center is the Bickford Collection Truck Museum, which is a collection of more than 40 vintage trucks and truck memorabilia, assembled by Erv Bickford.

Erv Bickford died May 12, 2014 at the age of 79. He was a town councilor for 24 years and a Yarmouth Water District Trustee for 23 years. Bickford bought his family’s trucking business, Bickford Transportation, from his father in 1978.

According to his obituary, Bickford loved trucks and was very knowledgeable about antique trucks. He enjoyed restoring trucks and going to truck shows around the country.

The pieces in the show will be on sale until Sept. 30 and any remaining items will be auctioned at an event Oct. 1. A portion of the sale of each piece will be donated to the Bickford Education Center. 

The auction, which will feature live music and food trucks, will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the truck museum at 38 Yarmouth Junction. Tickets are $15 for an individual or $25 for a family and can be bought at bec.artascope.com.

One of Erv Bickford’s daughters, Town Councilor Tamson Bickford Hamrock, who is a board member of the education center as well as the organization’s head of development, said she is grateful the artists are donating to the center.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive response and generosity of so many artists who want to contribute to the programs of Bickford Education Center,” she said. “Their contribution is a vote of confidence for what BEC hopes to achieve for the Yarmouth community.”

Photographer Kevin Bubriski, whose work is at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said he is “delighted to contribute to this effort” and that he has heard of the Bickford truck collection “for years.”

“The collection is such a unique asset to a small town like Yarmouth,” he said.

Bubriski photographed three trucks from the collection for the art show. Also, the collaborative mosaic created by community members is based on a photo Bubriski took of one of the trucks.

The three-foot by three-foot mosaic was conceptualized by one of Erv Bickford’s other daughters, Susan Bickford, who mounted the photo on wood and divided it into a 25-section grid. Each participating community member chose a section to recreate in their own style. Susan Bickford then reassembled and framed the image, which is on display at the Bickford Education Center.

Jill Hoy and John Bowdren, both Maine-based artists, are each contributing paintings of the trucks, too. Other artists who will be featured in the show include Robin Swennes, Marilyn Bickford, Catherine Bickford, Susan Bickford, Gayl NcNally, Gene Whitney, Susan Mathias, Dita Ondek, Leslie Hamren, Vanessa Farr, Amy Handy, Sandie Roberts, Linda Horstmann, Steve Hayes and Christopher Bissett, Robert Delaney, Barbara Jordan, and Gail Theroux Clark. 

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

Jill Hoy’s “Truck at Railroad Square,” which depicts Erv Bickford’s truck on Yarmouth’s Main Street, will be one of many pieces available for sale through the Bickford Education Center Art on Wheels show.

Photographer Kevin Bubriski is contributing a photo of a 1938 Mack FH truck from the Bickford Truck Museum to be sold at the Bickford Education Center Art on Wheels show in Yarmouth.

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