September 21, 12 Noon-8PM
& September 22, 10AM-3PM ( Reservations for 10 minute sittings)
Robert Schmick and Gabriel Schmick (double portrait), 2009
19th Century Willowbrook Village is taking reservations for sittings for handmade silhouette portraits by artist Jean Comerford. Reservations are for 10 minute sittings between 12 Noon-8PM, September 21 and September 22, 10AM-5PM.
Portraits in Silhouette, based in Hardwick, MA, is a mother-daughter business featuring portraits of famous New Englanders in Yankee magazine each month. Comerford is one of a handful of artists nationwide who continue this folk art tradition popular in the United States and Europe from the late 18th to the mid-19th century. Maine’s own Galen Brewer travelled throughout New England and New York cutting portraits until the 1850s when photography supplanted this type of portraiture. There have been revivals, and I recall an artist visiting my own home town in the 1960s and producing the admirable portraits of my friends that hung on the walls of their homes. I have a number of portraits done by Ms. Comerford.
Museum director Robert Schmick, said “the silhouette portraits done by Ms. Comerford involve a set of very sharp and precise cutting scissors which she uses to snip out a profile of her subject from black paper which is then mounted on white card. What seems most amazing to watch is that through her skill she achieves a likeness in a matter of minutes.”
The cost is $30 per portrait, $10 for copies. For an additional fee, framing is available on site. To schedule silhouette sittings or to obtain information, call (207) 793-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.