Painter and poet Ed Friend’s legacy lives on

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

The arts coun­cil has cho­sen to honor Ed­win ( Ed) Friend as our fea­tured artist this month, not only in Jump­start, but also in­side the gallery.

Ed ( 1926- 2016) was a great sup­porter of the arts coun­cil and a long- stand­ing mem­ber. He faith­fully en­tered three of his oil paint­ings into ev­ery one of our ex­hi­bi­tions, and he rarely missed at­tend­ing the gath­er­ing of po­ets known as Lunch­lines.

In ad­di­tion to Mary­land, Ed’s works have been dis­played in gal­leries in New York, New Jer­sey, Penn­syl­va­nia and Delaware. He was in­ter­viewed more than a dozen times by var­i­ous news­pa­per columnists and ra­dio per­son­al­i­ties and he won nu­mer­ous awards for his work.

Ear­lier this year, Ed gave the arts coun­cil a copy of a poem, “Friend, Ed Friend,” writ­ten by Tom Breske. A poet him­self, Ed was tick­led, be­cause this poem was writ­ten about him.

We end by shar­ing with you Ed’s artist state­ment: “To me, Great Na­ture’s myr­iad forms of life all have an in­dwelling pres­ence of their own and speak in ele­gant si­lence. It is this re­al­ity that I strive to touch and re­flect through my paint­ing.”

Artist Spot­light runs monthly in the Jump­start sec­tion as part of the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil news.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE CE­CIL COUNTY ARTS COUN­CIL

“Fair Hill Sun­set” by Ed Friend. Not dated.

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