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The Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art

Current Exhibition:
The Kienbusch Legacy: A Family of Artists

September 13, 2014 - October 31, 2014


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of painter William Kienbusch (1914-1980). In honor of his life and art we have organized this exhibition to highlight not only his achievements as an artist, but also his legacy as the cornerstone of a family of artists. He inspired and encouraged his two sisters, Millicent Kelley and Juliana Little, to paint. Each of them pursued personal artistic avenues throughout their lives – and served as major champions of their brother’s art. We are excited to present to the public for the first time a small selection of their work.
Carl and I owe a special debt to our Uncle Bill. When he left his house and studio on Great Cranberry Island in 1980, he made a very special bequest: Maine, its islands, its communities, its artistic heritage.  He wanted his nephews to have a place where they could write and paint. We have been thanking him for this remarkable gift ever since.
And we have tried to further his passion for Maine in our own ways. Carl has produced around 25 art books, many of them focused on the artists of his adopted state. He has always considered Bill to be a guiding spirit, who helped him “see” modern art and shared a passion for poetry.
I, too, feel a special connection with Bill. In the last years of his life he encouraged my artistic pursuits and introduced me to the downeast Maine landscape (I drove him to Great Cranberry Island on two of his trips from New York City). My first book, Art of Katahdin, is part of his legacy, too.
My brother and I thank the lenders to this show, including the University of Maine at Machias and Norma Marin. We are especially grateful to John Day, director of the Pace Galleries of Art, for proposing this exhibition and for his ongoing efforts to champion the work of post-war Maine artists. And we appreciate the vision of this gallery’s namesakes, Palmina and Stephen Pace, who shared Bill’s passion for the coast of Maine.
--Carl Little & David Little, Curators
Click >> HERE << to read the Portland Press Herald's
article on the Kienbusch Legacy exhibition

The exhibition, as always, is free and open to the public.
Our facility is wheelchair accessible.

Meet John Day, Director of the Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art

The Director of The Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art at Fryeburg Academy is a current Trustee, an alumnus of FA, retired teacher, art connoisseur and collector, John Day '67.  John retired from Greely High School in June of 2008 and has made the Pace Galleries the focal point of his love for art.  
Contact John at: jday@fryeburgacademy.org or by phone at (207) 831-0959 to talk about upcoming exhibits, collections or further information on the Galleries.  John is interested in soliciting donations of artwork, paintings, photos, antiques and sculpture for the enjoyment of all those who visit the Galleries.  We are particularly seeking pieces which portray the White Mountains.
Coming Soon

Works By Erin McGee Ferrell
You and your guests are invited to meet Philadelphia/Maine Architectural Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell, and attend the next Pace Galleries Exhibition Opening on Saturday, November 8th, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Free Admission. This exhibition runs through March 13, 2015. For more information on the works of Erin McGee Ferrell visit www.philadelphia-artist.com.
Please stop in and visit us!

The Pace Galleries of Art
is open Monday-Friday
 from 9 am - 1 pm (or by
appointment). Call the box
office at 207-935-9232
to schedule a visit.

The Academy is eternally grateful to the Paces.

Officially opened in January of 2009,
the Pace Galleries are within the new Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center and were made possible by a gift from the Paces.  Stephen Pace is a world-renowned artist.  He and his wife, Palmina, lived in Indiana on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana, which also benefits from a Palmina F. & Stephen S. Pace Galleries. 

Stephen Pace was born in Missouri in 1918.  He studied art in Indiana, MexicoNew York City, Paris and Florence.  He served in World War II.  He was a professor at American University in Washington, DC and retired in 1983.  Palmina Pace was born in Massachusetts.  She worked in advertising in New York City and married Stephen Pace in 1949.  She has managed her husband's career since that time and has been instrumental in his ability to devote himself to his art. 

The Academy is eternally grateful to the Paces.

Until his recent death, Stephen resided in New Harmony, IN, with his wife, Palmina, who continues to live there.
"Pace Setter" by Bob Keyes, Staff Writer
Portland Press Herald - Maine Sunday Telegram
September 13, 2009
The Portland Phoenix Review of "Strangers & Others" Exhibit
"Meeting 'Strangers' at Fryeburg's Pace Galleries
Review from The Portland Phoenix by Nicholas Schroeder
Our Latest Acquisition!
Frank H. Shapleigh
Farmhouse in Jackson, New Hampshire, 1890
oil on canvas
A Gift from Mary Wilkinson Greenberg
Current and Previous Exhibit Photo Galleries:
Paintings by Robert Casper 1928-2012
40 Images
Published: 10/6/2014
\"Fryeburg Fair\"
106 Images
Published: 3/12/2014
The Harry Nadler Collection - A gift to Fryeburg Academy from Helen Nadler
Mark Baum, Painter (1903-1997) A Retrospective
26 Images
Published: 5/15/2013
Paintings, Carvings and \"SEW\" much more!
78 Images
Published: 2/22/2013
Apple of My Eye – A Private Collection
66 Images
Published: 12/19/2012
Strangers and Others
95 Images
Published: 5/19/2012
Painters, Players and Poets
39 Images
Published: 5/14/2012
55 Images
Published: 3/6/2012
John Hultberg and Monhegan Island: The Man, The Place, and His Dreams
Entwined Metaphors - Florence Putterman
21 Images
Published: 9/27/2011
Watercolors by Bohdan Osycka
28 Images
Published: 9/26/2011
1 Image
Published: 8/2/2011
\"Above and Below the Line\" - The Maine Drawing Project
73 Images
Published: 4/15/2011
Hiram Barns Agricultural Cathedrals
19 Images
Published: 4/14/2011
63 Images
Published: 3/17/2011
Canvassing the White Mountains - A Private Collection
61 Images
Published: 2/26/2011
Summer Show 2010
66 Images
Published: 7/24/2010
Challenge Wit & Wisdom
50 Images
Published: 7/20/2010
“Atmosphere of Three” Exhibit featuring Maine artists Colin Barclay, John Knight and Richard Keen.
2009 Stephen Pace Exhibit
35 Images
Published: 11/9/2009