Degas_Les_repasseuses_Courtesy Dyke Collection and National Gallery of Art

On Tuesday, August 20, College of the Atlantic’s Coffee & Conversation series continues with Jim Dyke and Catherine Clinger, PhD, Allan Stone Chair of the Visual Arts. The two will discuss Dyke’s collection of 100 drawings and watercolors by French artists such as Degas, Monet, and Cezanne. The talk will be held at Deering Common Community Center on the COA campus at 9 am, and is free and open to the public.

Dyke has been called “one of the most astute American collectors of 19th- and 20th-century French works on paper”. His collection has recently been exhibited at Musée des Impressionnismes in Giverny, France and the National Gallery in Washington, DC. He recently donated many of these works to the permanent collection of the National Gallery. Dyke is the Chairman of the Board at Dyke Industries, Inc, in Little Rock, Arkansas and has a summer home in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

“I am looking forward to talking with a world-class collector,” said Clinger. “Jim Dyke has a fine eye and a unique sensibility for the ephemeral quality of particular works on paper; from more familiar artists such as Degas to masters only known to those who look to find hidden treasures.”

Clinger is an art historian, writer and faculty member at College of the Atlantic. She received a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of London focusing on European and American Art from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. She’s a practicing printmaker and painter and is a Master Printer of Intaglio.

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For more information on the weekly conversations, which are free, contact Kim Childs, or 207-801-5625.

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About Heather Anderson

As a tomboy in southern Maine, I spent my youth playing kickball and night tag, building forts in the woods, and reading every single book I could get my hands on. I find endless joy in sitting on my porch, no matter the season. I'm still a relatively new addition to the COA community, but my experience here has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. I love what this college stands for, what it does, and how it does it. Few things make me happier than messing around with my camera, long walks in the woods with my dog Roscoe, traveling adventures with my friends, and hitting the water with my kayak.


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