October 10, 2013

‘Wizard of Oz’ exhibition opens at Farnsworth

The Rockland museum features treasures from a private collection

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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An hourglass prop from MGM

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'The Wonderful World of Oz – Selections from the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Collection'

WHEN: Opens Saturday, on view through March 30, 2014; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 31; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, Nov. 1 to Dec. 31; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, Jan. 1 to March 31.

WHERE: Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland

HOW MUCH: $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, free 16 and younger and Rockland residents

INFO: 596-6457 or farnsworthmuseum.org

RELATED: “All Things Oz,” lecture by Willard Carroll, 1 p.m. Sunday; “The Wizard of Oz” 35-mm movie screening, 2 p.m. Oct. 20, The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Rockland, 594-0070 or rocklandstrand.com

Carroll and Wilhite moved to Camden four years ago and brought with them their Oz collection. Their property includes a 5,000-square foot workshop that they intend to convert into a museum to house their collection. The museum project is a few years away. Carroll said he hopes to open it in 2016.

Carroll has written three Oz-related books, including one published in September called “I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry the Dog Who Was Toto.” It tells the history of the movie through the perspective of Dorothy’s dog, who had quite a movie career. The pooch appeared in more than a dozen films.

Accompanying the exhibition is a new book by Down East Books, “The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic.” It includes images from the Carroll/Wilhite collection.

Komanecky noted at least one other Maine connection to the Oz phenomenon. Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie, moved to Maine in her later years, and lived on an island off Southport.

He thinks this exhibition will be enormously popular.

“‘The Wizard of Oz’ is known by almost everyone, mostly through the 1939 movie. Generations of Americans have grown up with the story by seeing the movie on TV and, like Willard, many of us have been scared to death by the Wicked Witch. What started out as a children’s story has reached out to touch people far beyond those for whom it was made.”

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The cover of a program for the Austrian release of the movie

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