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Home: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman

November 06, 2020 — February 28, 2021


While Concord Museum is closed for the winter months, we invite you to:

Enjoy Art in Bloom in Concord from home!

Art in Bloom in Concord showcased exquisite floral displays created by members of the Garden Club of Concord, paired with watercolors by Loring Coleman at the Concord Museum, and original works of art at Concord Art.

To see (or revisit!) the event, watch this video featuring insight from each floral designer about their arrangements, and remarks from Curatorial Associate Erica Lome about Loring Coleman and his work.


 Home: Paintings by Loring W. Coleman 

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.


The Concord Museum is grateful to the sponsors of this exhibition:

Middlesex Saviings Bank; Elise and Pierce Browne; Kate and Robert Chartener; Middlesex School; Powers Gallery; Three Stones Gallery


Home, 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



Elise and Pierce Browne

Kate and Robert Chartener

Middlesex School

Powers Gallery

Three Stones Gallery