‘Rockwell’s Arlington: America’s Home Town’ on Exhibit

‘Rockwell’s Arlington: America’s Home Town’ on Exhibit

‘Rockwell’s Arlington: America’s Home Town’ on Exhibit

‘Rockwell’s Arlington: America’s Home Town’ has just opened at the Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street in Montpelier. A comprehensive exhibition exploring the vibrant history and influential artistic community of Arlington, it will be on display through January 2020, and presents the work of the artists and illustrators who lived and worked in Arlington in the middle of the 20th century. Led by Norman Rockwell, these artists painted hundreds of illustrations for major weekly magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post. Hugely popular before the advent of television, these magazines were the most influential media of their day, bringing images of the world into the living rooms of millions of American families. Rockwell and the other artists engaged local friends and neighbors as models who posed for their scenes of everyday life. The exhibit shows Rockwell’s well-known Saturday Evening Post covers next to the actual photos of Arlington citizens posing for them. Viewers will recognize that many of the most iconic images representing life in America were in fact, portraits of Arlington’s citizens. A centerpiece of the exhibit is a set of prints of Norman Rockwell’s famous paintings of the Four Freedoms, created to inspire Americans to stand up against the threat posed by our enemies in World War II. The exhibit explains how Arlington models helped raise the equivalent of more than $1 billion dollars by touring the country promoting the sale of War Bonds. An overview of Arlington’s rich history is also included, including its role as the first acting capital of Vermont, the site of the State Pine Tree at the center of the State Seal, and the home of Dorothy Canfield Fisher. To learn more, visit vermonthistory.org or call 802-828-2291