Cabot Lyford was highly regarded by peers and critics alike as one of the finest stone carvers in New England. Using native stone, sometimes found in local stone walls or on the shoreline as well as established quarries, he produced hundreds of pieces, many monumental, which appear in both private collections and public places throughout the country. He created dynamic, sensuous, sometimes whimsical figures using rudimentary tools and “reading” the stone to release the images. One of his best known and well beloved pieces portrays leaping dolphins, titled “Life Force” which stands in the courtyard of a hotel in the Old Port, Portland.
Lyford passed away in January of 2016 at the age of ninety, but worked stone until he was 85. His 60-year career is celebrated in a video produced for the Maine Arts Commission’s “Maine Masters” series. Cabot’s daughter, Julia Lyford Lane, will present a discussion of his inspiration and techniques sharing slides and anecdotes about his artistic legacy. The talk will take place inside the Town Hall at the Museum starting at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 8. A donation of $5 is suggested and proceeds will benefit the Museum’s general operating fund.
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