News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 30, 2018
The Wilson Museum adds Castine artist’s painting to collection

Collecting Castine

Artist Susan Parish Adam stands next to her painting portrait, “John Gardner,” that was selected as the People’s Choice during the third annual Collecting Castine art show and fundraiser. As a result, the painting has been added to the Wilson Museum’s permanent collection.

Photo courtesy of Wilson Museum

The Wilson Museum has announced the acquisition of a painting by Castine artist Susan Parish Adam for its permanent collection. The painting, a portrait titled “John Gardner,” was selected as the People’s Choice during the third annual Collecting Castine art show and fundraiser, according to a news release.

A gathering of generous friends of the Wilson Museum and Castine’s local art community were treated to an exceptional exhibit of original artwork created by current artists either from Castine or with an association to Castine. Attendees cast their votes to select a work of art for the Museum to purchase with proceeds from the event. This year’s Collecting Castine was held in honor of John Gardner, inspiring Adam in her work.

“I took a photo of John in 2012 that I have been dying to use for painting inspiration ever since. I remember I had a new camera lens I was playing around with and there was John, half leaning, half sitting against a table (styled perfectly I might add). He then turned, looked up, and gave me his winning smile with extra glint in his eye. This is the John Gardner I know, so I was thrilled when I heard this year’s event was dedicated to him,” Adam said in the release.

Susan Parish Adam has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She is co-owner of the Adam Gallery with her husband, Joshua. A longtime love of Castine and its people have inspired her work for decades.

“John Gardner” is on view at the Wilson Museum through September 30, alongside an exhibit of work by John Gardner.

Collecting Castine was sponsored by Camden National Wealth Management.