PARIS – The Paris Cape Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at its museum at 77 High St., South Paris.

After a brief business meeting, Gilman B. Whitman, sculptor, will show some of his metal sculptures and speak about his career.

Whitman was born in 1926 at Portsmouth, N.H. He was educated in Massachusetts public schools and graduated from Essex County Agricultural Technical Institute. After service in the Army during World War II, he settled in Maine to become successful in business.

He was elected to two terms as state representative. In 1964 he set out to establish himself as a serious artist, opening a gallery and workshop at North Edgecomb. Since that time he has earned a reputation as one of Maine’s finest craftsmen, and his sculpture has been well received throughout the country.

Whitman’s work is included in many private collections and public corporations. His bronze, titled “Sandpipers on the Beach,” is in the permanent collection of the Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Conn.

Whitman is best known for a major work commissioned by the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Club. The 20-foot high sculpture in bronze of two hockey players in a dynamic action pose was the Flyers’ gift to the city of Philadelphia.

Locally, Whitman’s work may be viewed at the Gil Whitman Gallery in Bryant Pond, where there is a sculpture garden of flowers. Visitors may go by appointment only. His address is P.O. Box 303, Bryant Pond, ME 04219, and his phone number is 665-2017.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.


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