Monday, December 20, 2010

Governor's Portrait Unveiled

Governor John Baldacci gathered with well wishers and family to witness the unveiling of his official portrait at the State House on Saturday.

The portrait, oil-on-linen canvas, was painted by Cape Elizabeth artist Jean Pilk. Jean was at the unveiling with her family and friends and spoke of how she enjoyed painting a man who had such a prominent bone structure. Jean is well known for her portrait artistry. She has painted many famous people including former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Her latest portrait, representing the 141st permanent work of art to be housed in Maine's State Capitol, will hang where the portrait of Governor Angus King had been placed; portraits of former governors will now move one place over.

The Maine Arts Commission was responsible for the organizing the submissions for this work.

The news featured in many of Maine's news outlets in recent days. You can read more in the Bangor Daily News, the Morning Sentinel or within Maineinsights.

Photos courtesy of Ramona du Houx

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