After four years of inventory-taking and living in the home of artist Bernard Langlais (1921-1977), Langlais Curator for Special Projects Hannah Blunt '06 has led a project to spread his artwork throughout Maine. Langlais, a contemporary of Alex Katz and Andrew Wyeth, worked primarily in wooden sculpture and is considered one of New England's most underappreciated artists.
When Langlais's wife Helen passed in 2010, she left their house, two barns, 90 acres, $750,000, and what Blunt counted to be 3,500 works, with the Colby Museum.
Blunt facilitated collaboration between Colby's museum, the Kohler Foundation and the Georges River Land Trust. The partnership has resulted in the preservation of Langlais work, home and legacy, including the creation of The Langlais Trail, comprised of 3,300 works and 50 sites in Maine.