When I returned last week from visiting my parents in Florida (before we moved there), this beautiful postcard from the New Britain Museum of American Art was waiting for me. The postcard announced an upcoming exhibit of a group of well known artists called 'The Eight'. My Great Uncle, William Glackens was a part of this group! The members of the Eight were: Robert Henri, Arthur B. Davies, Maurice Prendergast, Ernest Lawson, William Glackens, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, and George Luks. If you click on the postcard to your left, you will see a section of William Glacken's painting, Breezy Day, Tugboats, NY Harbor, c. 1910, second from the left.
Of course this is very exciting to me! The exhibit runs March 6 - May 24, 2009 and the museum is only about 20 minutes from here (when I lived in CT) in nearby New Britian, CT. You can read about my great uncle's work held permanently in this museum here. I've also done a bit of research and writing about William Glackens, including locating some of his many paintings & drawings online and including them on my web site. I am happy to say I was named after his daughter, Lenna Glackens.