Painter and poet Ed Friend’s legacy lives on
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.
“Fair Hill Sunset” by Ed Friend. Not dated.