Fine Arts Lecture Series

The Wyeth Family of Painters: From Illustrations to Poetry

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

The paterfamilias of the Wyeth clan, N.C. Wyeth, has always enjoyed an honored place in Sandhills literary history because of his collaboration with James Boyd on the historical novel, Drums. While his son, Andrew, is the better known artist, N.C. was his first and most influential teacher. Andrew followed his father’s style of realism and approach to storytelling, but he increasingly invested the careful details of his paintings with large ideas. His scenes of rural Maine and Pennsylvania resonate with emotion—loneliness in his portraits of survivors, unease in landscapes under threat of change or attack during World War II, and nostalgia for vanishing American traditions and values.

The lecture will provide an orientation to the exhibition of paintings and drawings at The Mint Museum by five members of the Wyeth family, but the focus will be on the rich contributions of Andrew Wyeth to the family legacy of illustration and regionalist art. N.C. Wyeth’s classic illustrations for books by Robert Louis Stevenson and Washington Irving will be on view, along with grandson Jamie Wyeth’s magical and mysterious images of people, animals, and landscapes.

For more information click on:  2017 Wyeth lecture brochure


Dr. Molly Gwinn is an art historian who has presented the spring lecture series in the past and has offered classes at the Center for Creative Retirement at Sandhills Community College. She earned her doctorate from Rutgers University and has taught art history at Rutgers, the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at New York University, and the Dallas Museum of Art. She is the daughter of Barbara Sutherland, a well-known Southern Pines artist and long-time resident of Penick Village. Molly’s support for Penick continues through her work on the Penick Art Show.

COST (per lecture): $11 for ACMC & Weymouth Members / $16 for Nonmembers
(Prices include 6.75% NC Sales Tax.)

The lecture will be presented at the Campbell House

Space is limited. Please register now with full payment at the Arts Council’s offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or by calling 910-692-2787.

For additional information, call 910-692-ARTS (2787) or visit

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