Stockbridge, MA, July 11, 2016—Throughout Norman Rockwell’s career, models played an important part in the development of his artwork. In 1916’s Boy with Baby Carriage, Rockwell’s first painting for The Saturday Evening Post, model Billy Paine was called on to portray all three boys in the humorous illustration and went on to pose for several additional covers during the artist’s early years in New Rochelle, New York. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the artist’s first Post cover, Norman Rockwell Museum will hold a Rockwell models reunion on Saturday, July 16, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Meet the faces behind the paintings, and learn more about Rockwell’s process from those who worked with the artist during his long career. Models scheduled to appear include: Lynda Gunn (The Problem We All Live With), who recently donated to the Museum a rare charcoal sketch as well as the white dress she wore during her model session; Ed Locke (The Runaway, Before The Shot); Tim Bush (New Kids in the Neighborhood); Dale Zola (Bride to Be); and Claire Williams (Family Planting Tree, Woman at Home, Woman at Office).
Norman Rockwell models will share their experiences during this day of talks, panel discussions, and print signings. Admission is free for Museum members or with regular Museum admission.
On view through October 30, 2016
Build a Better Baby Carriage
Explore the Museum’s newest contemporary sculpture exhibition, inspired by the subject of Norman Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover. Three-dimensional artworks will be on view outside Norman Rockwell’s original Stockbridge studio, located on the Museum’s bucolic 36-acre property.