September 8, 2013

Bob Keyes: The Oshers – Blessed with the gift of giving

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

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“Foraging,” from L. Prang and Company, a gift of Peggy and Harold Osher.

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“The War – Making Havelocks for the Volunteers,” from Harper’s Weekly, June 29, 1861, wood engraving, gift of Peggy and Harold Osher, from “Winslow Homer’s Civil War” at the Portland Museum of Art.

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"WINSLOW HOMER'S CIVIL WAR," featuring engravings from the museum's permanent collection that Homer created for Harper's Weekly as an artist correspondent with the Union Army.

WHEN: Opening Saturday. Through Dec. 8.

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

ADMISSION: $6 to $12; free for ages 12 and under and after 5 p.m. Fridays


"Peggy and Dr. Osher are the quintessential quiet leaders that our community reveres: They lead by example. They inspire us all to weave lives that connect our passions with practicality and results. Their vision of the museum has always been tied to their aspirations for our community and their love of Winslow Homer. Like Homer, they are the DNA of the PMA."

Harold Osher said his family is proud of the Homer graphics gift, and pleased that the Civil War pieces are now on view. He and his wife spent about 10 years building the collection, which numbers several hundred pieces. They continue to add to it, as graphics become available.

"It's very satisfying," he said. "We live in Portland, and the Portland Museum of Art is a world-class small museum. It's a very rewarding thing.

"You have to be lucky and able to do it. You have to have the time and the funds and the energy to find these things and put them together. We're happy to donate them, because now everybody can see them. That's the whole point. We were raised to give back, and it feels very good to be able to do it at this level in our community."

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Peggy Osher

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“1860-1870,” from Harper’s Weekly, January 8, 1870, a gift of Peggy and Harold Osher.

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