May 11, 2014

'A Painted Past'

KEESEVILLE — Entering the white door of the Anderson Falls Heritage Museum, straight ahead a picture of the late Emmett Pine hangs at the end of the hallway.

The image of the longtime Keeseville resident is there as a welcome to the art exhibition that bears his name: “Emmett Pine: A Painted Past.” After a May 3 opening night, the exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays until Sept. 15.

“A lot of the paintings on exhibit haven’t been seen by the public and come from family collections,” said Pine’s great-niece Jan McCormick, who set up the event to celebrate her great-uncle’s art and life, as well as Keeseville’s history told in the paintings.

Relatives and other supporters of his work shared stories and memories.

“I grew up next door to him,” said Nancy Moussau Fellone. “When I’d go in the store, I’d jump up on the freezer to pick out a penny candy.”

Some collectors of his paintings loaned the art they owned to the exhibit.

Speedy Arnold and Stan Ransom supplied paintings not just for the exhibit but to re-create the old grocery store that belonged to Pine and his late wife, Blanche, according to McCormick. She said the paintings people brought will be added to her collection of his work in a catalog.

Pine (1897-1985) lived on Pleasant Street where the grocery store was attached to his home. When he heard the door bell ring, signaling a customer, he would come to the front with paint still on his hands, said Timothy McCormick, Pine’s great-nephew and creator of the blog

According to McCormick, Pine’s painting career began through his son, Juan, in the 1930s.

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