Westport schools receive generous art donations, including sketch by Picasso
WESTPORT — Westport Public Schools’ art collection just got more extensive.
The Board of Education unanimously accepted 76 works of art from six donors — a total value of $70,035 — including two works of art by famous Westport illustrator Leonard Everett Fisher totaling $20,000. All the works will be housed by the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection, a subset of the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPac), which holds over 1,800 works of art ranging from paintings, photographs and cartoons to sculptures and a variety of other media.
“I wanted to thank the donors and the members of WestPac for all the hard work that they have been doing. They’ve been very, very busy creating a 501(c)3. They’ve done the memorandum of understanding, They’ve been working on the policy management guidelines,” said school board member Karen Kleine. “So I just wanted to tell the committee, I appreciate all the work they’ve done.”
The schools’ collection was established in 1964 by educator Burt Chernow and entrusted to the school board to make art a daily constant in the learning environment of every Westport student.
Among the new donations is a 1950 Pablo Picasso etching called “Pour Robi” valued at $2,500 and donated by Ann Chernow, wife of the late Burt Chernow. The print was dedicated to Robert “Roby” Godet, a French publisher. The work was to be included in one of his books — “L’Age de Soleil.”
Other featured artists among the donated works include Westport’s Miggs Burroughs, the late Hardie Gramatky of Westport and Kathy Jakobsen of Weston.
A number of the donations capture various views of Westport, such as Main Street and Compo Beach.
New donations to the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection
From Ann Chernow: Five pieces valued at $7,450.
From Leonard Everett Fisher: Two pieces valued at $20,000.
From Ann Sheffer: Seventeen pieces valued at $23,685.
From Richard Stein: One piece valued at $2,200.
From Laura Mills: Four pieces valued at $600.
From Mark Greenstein: Forty-seven pieces valued at $16,100.