In 2017, the Concord Museum was honored to receive an anonymous gift of forty-seven works of art by Loring Wilkins Coleman (1918-2015), a notable plein air painter of New England landscapes. We are pleased to present this new exhibition that celebrates the work of an accomplished artist who had a strong Concord connection and who explored a changing New England with a sense of wonder and authenticity. In his 2011 autobiography, Coleman wrote about the exhibition’s title painting:
“Home…the title speaks for itself, for the painting represents the old farmhouses that still remain in New England and in my thoughts.”
After a childhood in Chicago, Coleman lived at his grandmother’s Concord house, Tanglewood, on 200 acres overlooking the Sudbury River. He attended the Middlesex School, where he was taught by Russell Kettell, whose influence on the Concord Museum is extensive. After service in World War II, Coleman taught for many years, including twenty-seven years at Middlesex School, while exhibiting his work across the country. He was an Academician of the National Academy of Design and a member of the American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Guild of Boston Artists, New England Watercolor Society, Concord Art Association, and Salmagundi Club.
A number of creative public programs will be offered this fall and winter in association with the exhibition including a virtual exploration of stone walls, painting demonstrations, and a virtual conversation with one who knew Loring Coleman as a teacher, an artist, and a friend. A virtual tour of the exhibition will also be available on the Museum’s website. Join us to explore Home: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman.
Loring W. Coleman
Sterling, Massachusetts, 2003
Watercolor on paper
Anonymous Gift (2017) 2017.13.4
Photograph permission courtesy of the Family of Loring W. Coleman