Yarmouth to celebrate hometown artist Alfred Chadbourn

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YARMOUTH — Yarmouth Arts will celebrate artist Alfred Chadbourn through the end of October.

Chadbourn, who lived and worked in Yarmouth for many years before his death in 1998 at 77, will be remembered with exhibits, events, painting workshops, and lectures. The kickoff was on Sept. 12, with an outdoor painting competition, but the celebration kicks into high gear on Friday.

“This celebration … is meant to include the entire community,” Linda Horstmann, Yarmouth Arts co-chairwoman, said, “and will draw people from throughout southern Maine, who are collectors, and admirers of Chadbourn’s work.”

There will be an opening reception at Merrill Memorial Library on Sept. 18 from 5-7 p.m. An exhibit will be in the library, as well as at the Yarmouth History Center and at 317 Main Community Music Center.

The library’s opening reception will feature music by 317 Main. The music center will have its own reception as well on Oct. 2 from 5-7 p.m. Its exhibit will feature 25 paintings from the Sept. 12 painting competition.

On Sept. 19 there will be walking tours of where Chadbourn lived and painted in town. The tours begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and start at Latchstring Park. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the history center at 846-6259.

Also on Saturday, Firehouse Arts, at 20 Center St., will host a painting workshop from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop is for students in grades 1-12; registration must be completed on the art center’s website.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, author, art critic and The Forecaster columnist Edgar Allen Beem will give a lecture on “The Life and Art of Alfred Chadbourn” at the library. It starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in the library’s Lewis Hall. Registration is required, on the Yarmouth Arts website.

Food is also part of the celebration, as Chadbourn had a great love of it, according to Horstmann. He grew up in France and spent time in Greece, and enjoyed cooking dishes native to those countries. Horstmann said Chadbourn also liked to paint still-lifes of the food he prepared.

To celebrate Chadbourn’s favorite recipes, Gather, at 189 Main St., will be serving dishes he enjoyed on Sept. 23 and 24. Music from Chadbourn’s era will be played live each night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to Yarmouth Arts.

A collaborative project among residents is also being done to honor Chadbourn on Sept. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The event, at Bickford Educational Center at 48 Railway Square, needs 36 people to each paint one tile, which when put together will make a portrait of Chadbourn. All abilities are welcome and reservations can be made by emailing SBickford@tidewater.net.

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

Alfred Chadbourn’s painting of Yarmouth’s Main Street bridge is being used to publicize a celebration of his life and work.

I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.