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Perry Public Library's Stowell-Wiles Art Gallery 
Loans Paintings to Southold Historical Society

Gallery News

From February to April of 2006, six of our oil paintings by Lemuel M. Wiles (1826-1905) were on loan to the Southold Historical Society, located on Long Island's North Fork. Artist Wiles, a native of West Perry, spent time painting at the eastern end of Long Island, and those works were highlighted in this exhibit.  (For Southold Historical Society's account of the exhibit, click here.)

A bonus outcome of this cooperative endeavor was the publication of a book to accompany the exhibit. Geoffrey K. Fleming, Director of the Southold Historical Society and author of the book, entitled Lemuel Maynard Wiles: American Painter, visited our library and gallery and used many of our primary resources in his research. The book covers the entire career of Lemuel M. Wiles and includes photos, end notes, and bibliography. Copies of the book, which is pictured below left, are available at our library to borrow or to buy. The below right photo shows our gallery and three of the paintings after their return from Southold.

Perry Public Library's Stowell-Wiles Art Gallery holds 43 paintings by Lemuel M. Wiles. The collection is the largest in existence by this artist.

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