Even MORE Treasures from
the Farnsworth Art Museum
Instructor: Christopher Williamson, Carter Jones Meyer, Joseph Coté
Tuesdays • 8 classes • 3/22-5/10 • 9:30-11:30 AM
Class size 5-60 students
11 seats remaining
Location: Zoom only
Farnsworth docents Chris Williamson, Carter Jones Meyer and Joseph Coté will take participants on another virtual tour of more art treasures from Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum. Each session will focus on specific artists who have worked in Maine and important themes that have emerged in their art. As part of this tour, we will preview three exciting new exhibitions that will open this summer. Participants will be encouraged to engage with the works and the class via a combination of “chat” and real time conversation. The continuing goal will be to expand our ability to engage with art, consider the historical context in which it is produced, develop our ability to notice, improve our visual vocabulary, and perhaps to reconnect with some favorite artists/works or to discover new ones.
VIRTUAL TOURS BY WEEK:
The New York Times recently (2/2/22) called attention to Andrew and Betsy Wyeth’s home on Allen and Benner islands, off of Port Clyde. Having looked at Wyeth’s last painting from there, we will in this session look at how those and other islands provided important subject matter for Andrew’s work – and compare that to some works of his father NC and his son Jamie.
A retired educator, including 23 years as a Head of School in two independent schools, Chris Williamson has been a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum since 2015, returning to his early interest in the arts. He graduated from Williams College with honors in history in 1970, earned a Master’s Degree in English from The University of New Hampshire in 1975, and took graduate courses at Boston University in education and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in drama. After teaching, directing plays, coaching, and serving as Arts Chair, he took on various administrative roles prior to becoming a Head of School. Chris has presented at regional and national conferences, has served on several Boards, and has had articles published in professional journals. In addition to his on-going docent volunteering and training at the Farnsworth, Chris has taken the National Gallery of Art’s Teaching Critical Thinking Through Art course.
Carter Jones Meyer
Carter Jones Meyer is Professor Emerita of History at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She received a B.A. in American Studies from Skidmore College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned both the M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies at Brown University. Carter specializes in and has published widely in the fields of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American cultural history, the history of the American West, and American Indian history. At Ramapo, she served as chair of both the History and American Studies programs, and received awards for excellence in teaching and for significant contributions to the development of the College. In retirement she continues to pursue her interests in history, art, and culture, not only as a docent at the Farnsworth Art Museum, but also as a student and collector of Native art. Most recently she served as a judge at Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest juried Native art show in the world.
Joseph Coté is a 1971 alumnus of the University of Maine at Orono and a 1977 Master’s Degree graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Following early career experiences in university administration at both institutions and a three-year professional acting chapter, Joseph launched long-held dreams of seeing as much for the world as possible by joining the international hospitality industry. Following six successful roles as Private Events Director in American hotels including the former Ritz Carlton, Boston, Joseph crossed the Atlantic and indeed the Mediterranean, relishing five years at two five-star hotels in Istanbul. Following stints in Singapore, Paris, Shanghai, and seven glorious years in London, Joseph added eighteen more foreign ports to his resume as a hotel consultant. He retired in Camden in the Summer of 2018 and has been a docent at the Farnsworth Museum since March of 2020. Joseph is still an actor when the opportunity arises and has taught Shakespeare study courses with the Midcoast and the Coastal Senior Colleges for two years.