The Woodman Museum, now in its 102nd season of serving the Seacoast community, is proudly unveiling “Art is Central,” an exhibition devoted to the work of Dover artist Ted Reynolds, opening on October 10 from 6-9pm.
Ted Reynolds, born in 1928, spent much of his early life in Dover before moving to New York to pursue his career as an artist. Reynolds, who also studied at the Parsons School of Design, was versed in painting as well as fashion illustration—including designing menswear. Over the course of his stay in New York, Reynolds was involved in designing showcases and displays as well as creating drawings for television commercials. In 1966, Reynolds returned to Dover from New York City and managed and maintained an art gallery in Portsmouth. During this period he worked as a freelance artist, while also teaching private lessons in painting and watercolor to community members.
Reynold’s art was featured at the Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York City, the Round Robin Bar in the Willard Hotel in D.C., and the Sheraton Hotel in Boston. Reynolds may have worked as a nationally recognized freelance artist, but he did not ignore the New Hampshire community with which he resided. Beyond the art gallery he managed in Portsmouth, he completed various art pieces for the state itself. He completed a mural for Bow Lake, as well as a portrait of former New Hampshire Governor Hugh Gallen, who sat for him. While Reynolds completed a variety of paintings in different historical styles, he claimed that painting in the Edwardian style was his favorite. Aside from his portrait work, Reynolds was a favorite of Sarah Lee, then president of Tom Lee, Ltd., one of New York’s most prominent interior design companies. Interior Design magazine stated in 1981 that he was “...the finest painter of flowers in the world today,” in reference to his landscapes. Reynolds passed away in 2016.
For the months of October and November, the Thom Hindle Gallery at the Woodman Museum will feature select works of Ted Reynold’s donated collection as well as pieces on loan from private collectors. Also on display will be items from the museum’s permanent collection that highlight the artistic contributions of local craftspeople and artists, including works by furniture painter George Folsom, silversmith Charles Bacon and painter Margaret Sundeen.
The Thom Hindle Gallery is free to the public during normal business hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm.
About the Woodman Museum
The Woodman, founded in 1916, is a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history, and art museum with exhibits for all ages. The campus is home to four buildings, which include the Woodman House (1818), the Hale House (1813), the William Damm Garrison (1675) and the Keefe House (1825). The museum’s collection includes hundreds of colonial artifacts, a comprehensive mineral and fossil collection, mounted animal specimens, fine art and furniture, an extensive collection of militaria, local history objects, and much more. The Woodman is open seasonally to the public (from mid-March to mid-December) Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm. The Thom Hindle Gallery at the Woodman (15 Summer St., Dover, NH 03820) features a series of rotating exhibitions and is free to the public during normal museum hours. For admission prices or to learn more about the museum or how you can help its mission, please visit www.woodmanmuseum.org.