CONWAY — The family of late local artist Ernest O. Brown has put out a call to borrow paintings by Brown from local collectors, to be exhibited in the “The Absent Artist Art Show” on Aug. 17 and 18 in Settlers Green Streetside, across from Express Factory Outlet (next to Levi’s Outlet). The exhibit will begin with a reception for family and friends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 17 and will be open to the public the following day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have a Brown painting you would like to have included in the exhibit, contact Sienna Brown for more information at sienna.brown@gmail.com or (404) 226-3707. Paintings can be dropped off at the Settlers Green location on Friday, Aug. 16, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and picked up Sunday, Aug. 18, between 5 and 6 p.m. or by appointment.

The idea for the exhibition, a look back at a Brown’s nearly 50-year painting career and a celebration of a man who had a substantial impact on the Mount Washington Valley, came from discussions between Brown, his daughter Sienna, an independent art curator, and his son Thomas, a fine art handler and art show lighting designer, in the weeks prior to his death on Saturday, June 8, at age 75.

In half a century, Brown produced hundreds of paintings, many of them portraying local scenes that caught his eye and heart.

A mentor to many artists, Brown was a central figure in the area’s burgeoning arts community beginning in the late 1960s that included fellow painters David Baker, Myke Morton and Viekko Hurme, printmaker Sally Beal and others. This group was instrumental in the creation of the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association and the annual Art in the Park.

Brown’s work included the historical mural at Heritage New Hampshire in Glen, more than 60 illustrations for White Mountain Puzzles, “Postern Gate No. 4” which is on permanent display in the Conway Public Library and “Rhubarb’s Up!” in Memorial Hospital’s Oncology Department, given in appreciation for the care he received there.

His paintings, which range in style from realistic to surrealistic and include still lifes, landscapes and figures, are in private collections across the country.

Those attending the exhibit will have the opportunity to see many of Brown’s most personal works from his own collection, some of which have not been on public display in decades.

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