WOODSTOCK – Gil Whitman, nationally known sculptor from Bryant Pond, recently addressed the Woodstock Historical Society and exhibited his work at its museum.

Whitman brought such pieces as an Indian maiden, two bears, a lady’s slipper, a Jack in the Pulpit and a baseball player.

He said he descended from an old Woodstock family, and he started sculpting in 1964 in Edgecomb. He set up a blacksmith shop and he was self-taught as an artist. Whitman often first does a sketch, then a clay model and takes his work to a foundry in New York.

His largest sculpture was 20 feet high for the Philadelphia Fliers hockey players and the smallest was a medal for the Eugene O’Neil Society.

Whitman said he enjoys planning the details of his work and he does things in nearly every medium. He has done a lot of weather vanes for cities on the Maine coast, even a lobster for Rockland.

During the business meeting, President Mary Billings, Joyce Howe, Olive Risko and Annella Burnham volunteered to take elementary school children through the museum. A Clean-Up Day was set for May 22.

The annual Flea Market Day is planned for July 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the History Day will be Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ruth Cox provided a research report. Vicki Billings and Annella Burnham supplied refreshments.

The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and will feature a program on the Bryant family as they were in town 200 years ago. The museum will be open every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning in June. Everyone is welcome.


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