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Feb 14, 2018

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Merrill Memorial Library

Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, ME

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207-846-4763

Harry Beskind: “Whimsical Watercolors”

Through March 3. Beskind thinks of his painting as “ a continuation of his life’s work: in his art he tries to understand some aspects of our mental lives and their effects on our souls.” A graphologist, who analyzed his handwriting, has told Beskind that somehow he has “kept alive a part of childhood and it is reflected in the wonderment, whimsy, play and color of his paintings.”
Harry Beskind now realizes that his latest career is just another venue for the creativity he utilized in many occasions during his 42-year career as a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and pediatrician. His whimsical, colorful art, which often surprises him, will be on exhibit at the Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main Street, January 10 through March 3. A reception will be held Friday, January 12, 5-7 p.m.
Beskind started painting watercolors 17 years ago, upon retiring from his practices in New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire. He has an intuitive ability to utilize color in his art which appeals to all ages. Five years ago, Beskind and his wife moved to Yarmouth, where his first local exhibit opened at 317 Main, a Community Music Center.
As a student at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, Beskind had the opportunity to spend weekends in the home of Hans Hofmann, considered by many critics to have been the greatest and most influential teacher of art in America in this century. Beskind was fascinated by Hofmann’s use of color as an expression of emotional states.
Beskind thinks of his painting as “ a continuation of his life’s work: in his art he tries to understand some aspects of our mental lives and their effects on our souls.” A graphologist, who analyzed his handwriting, has told Beskind that somehow he has “kept alive a part of childhood and it is reflected in the wonderment, whimsy, play and color of his paintings.”
All of the proceeds from the sale of Beskind’s art will benefit The Oncology Center at Mercy Hospital.