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Featured painting pays homage to local Civil War heritage

September 14, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

New York-area artist Mort Kunstler's latest painting, a nod to Washington County's Civil War heritage, will be the focal point at a Benjamin Art Gallery show this weekend.

The Hagerstown gallery will host an art show and signing Saturday that shares the painting's namesake, "Maryland, My Maryland," which also is the state song.

The original will be on display Saturday and during a preview reception with food, wine and live music Friday, said Molly Amos, Benjamin Art Gallery director.

Several costumed Civil War re-enactors will sing the state song during the show's opening Saturday, Amos said. In addition, signed and numbered reprints of "Maryland, My Maryland" will be sold. Reprints cost between $225 to $725.

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Kunstler creates primarily oil paintings depicting Civil War-era life. The U.S. Postal Service commissioned him to do a painting of the Buffalo Soldiers for a stamp issued in 1994. He also was named the official artist for the film "Gods and Generals."

Kunstler originals typically sell for between $50,000 and $100,000, Amos said.

In addition, framed prints of 20 to 30 of Kunstler's other works be on sale. The artist will autograph up to three items brought in by attendees Saturday, Amos said.

"Maryland, My Maryland" depicts Confederate soldiers crossing the Potomac River into Washington County in 1863, as the 26th North Carolina regimental band sings "Maryland, My Maryland."

The gallery recently purchased the panting, which will be on permanent display beginning in November, Amos said. For more information, call Benjamin Art Gallery at 301-797-4775 or go to BenjaminArtGallery.com.




If you go ..



WHAT: "Maryland, My Maryland," a Mort Kunstler art show and signing

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, with a preview reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15

WHERE: Benjamin Art Gallery, 1303 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown

ADMISSION: Free

MORE: For more information, call 301-797-4775 or go to BenjaminArtGallery.com.

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