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Don Stone

 (1929 - 2015)
Don Stone was active/lived in Maine, New Hampshire.  Don Stone is known for Marine and landscape painting, illustration.

Don Stone

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Obituary. The Boston Globe, March 15, 2015

Internationally known modern impressionist painter Don Stone died peacefully at Exeter Hospital on Thursday, March 12, 2015, after a brief illness.  He was surrounded by his family, and maintained his humor and wit to the very end.

He was born March 27, 1929, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Hester Bell and Arthur Dimick Stone.  After graduating from Gloucester High School and Vesper George School Of Art, he was drafted into the Navy, where he served as a Gunnery Yeoman on a destroyer.  While there, he painted portraits of the ship's officers.  His painting of the ship in battle hung in the officer's quarters. After the Navy, he returned to teach at Vesper George and the New England School of Art, and he was a commercial artist and cartoonist at the Boston Post and the Lowell Sun.

In the early 1950s, he realized that he wanted to be a fine artist.  In 1954, he was invited by fellow artist Paul Strisik to go on a painting trip to Monhegan Island, Maine.  He fell in love with the island and spent the rest of his life painting this beautiful place and the people who lived there.  For 40 years he conducted painting workshops on Monhegan, which were enormously popular because of his remarkable knowledge of painting and his unique sense of humor.  He considered Monhegan his true home. 

Don was elected to full membership in the National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), American Society of Marine Artists (Fellow), Salmagundi Club (Honorary Member), and New England Watercolor Society (Lifetime Honorary Member).  In addition, he was a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, Allied Artists of America, Hudson Valley Art Association, Rockport Art Association (Lifetime Member), North Shore Art Association and others.

His work was exhibited in various public museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland (Maine) Museum of Art and Cape Ann Museum.

In addition to his love of art, Don had a lifelong love of music.  He was a well-known banjo player and performed with the Gloucester group Loblolly Five.  He also played fiddle and especially mandolin.  He was an avid sports fan who played hockey and golf in his earlier years and later in life enjoyed watching the Bruins and professional golf.

Don is survived by his beloved wife Sarah; children Sandra Akers, Pamela Stone and her husband Steve Congdon, Phil Stone and wife Annie, and Caleb Stone and his partner Lis Costa; step-daughters Elizabeth Guffey and Katherine Guffey and her husband Jim Sauve; grandchildren Michael & Marabah Akers, Trevor, Natalie and Carter Stone, Nicholas and Devin Congdon, Jacob and Isaac Stone, and Bethany Sauve; and his cat, Norton. Memorial gatherings will be held later this year at locations and on dates to be determined.

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From a summer studio on Monhegan Island, Maine, and a winter studio in Exeter, New Hampshire, Donald Stone paints landscapes and water scenes in a highly Impressionist style.

He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and has taught in Boston at the Vesper George School of Art and the New England School of Art. Stone has also conducted painting summer sessions on Monhegan Island.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Jane Curtis and Will Lieberman, "Monhegan: The Artists' Island"

Biography from Cavalier Galleries Inc.
Professional Memberships
National Academy of Design (Full Member)
American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow)
American Society of Marine Artists
Allied Artists of America
The Guild of Boston Artists
Academic Artists Association
Rockport Art Association
Copley Society of Boston
New England Watercolor Society
North Shore Arts Association
Hudson Valley Arts Association
Oqunquit Art Association

Permanent Collections
American Art Review Magazine
Cape Ann Historical Society, Cape Ann, MA
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Marietta College, Marietta, OH
Mobile Art Museum, Mobile, AL
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Peabody Maritime Museum, Salem, MA
The Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH

Creative Works
2001 White House Historical Society Calendar (July- State of Maine)
Modern Oil Impressionists, Ron Ransom, Northlight, 1993
Watercolour Impressionists, Ron Ransom, Northlight, 1992
Cover for The National Fisherman, Yearbook Issue, 1983
Cover for the Lone Voyager, Joseph E. Garland, 1978
Cover for Down East Magazine, 1977
Cover for Yankee Magazine, 1975, 1976

Bush Presidential Library, February-September 1999
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Kalamazoo Museum, Kalamazoo, MI
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
Gordon College, Beverly, MA
Mobile Art Museum, Mobile, AL
Mainstreams, Marietta College, Marietta, OH
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME
Lyme Academy, Old Lyme, CT
Hubbard Museum, Ruidoso, NM
The Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
Cahoon Musuem of American Art, Cotuit, MA

1995 Best in Show, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
1993 Top Honor Award - Watercolor, Academic Artists Association, Inc., Springfield, MA
1993 American Artist Professional League Award, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA
1993 Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award from Yankee Magazine Spring Summer Show, Copley Society, Boston, MA
1992 Emile Gruppe Award, North Shore Arts Society, Gloucester, MA
1991 Silver Medal, New England Watercolor Society
1991 Michael & Ethel Corey Memorial Award, American Artists Association, Inc., Springfield, MA
1988 President's Award, National Arts Club, NYC
1986 Harriet Lumis Memorial Award, Grumbacher, Guild of Boston Artists
1985 Grumbacher Gold Medal, Knickerbocker Artists, NY
1985 Cathy Altavater Memorial Award, American Watercolor Society, OH
1985 Silver Medal American Watercolor Society of Salmagundi Club, NYC
1985 Strathmore Paper Award, Academic Artists Association, MA
1985 Native Accent Award, ME
1984 Dr. Clifford W. Mills Award for Seascape, Allied Artists of America, NYC
1985 Mrs. John Newington Award (first for watercolor), Hudson Valley Arts, NY
1983 Frank Van Steen Memorial Award for Oil, Hudson Valley Arts, NY
1983 Ruth Anderson Memorial Award, North Shore Arts, MA
1983 Honorable Mention, New England Watercolor Society, MA
1982 Herbert Bonhert Memorial Award, Hudson Valley Arts, NY
1980 Gold Medal, Hudson Valley Arts, NY
1980 Gordon Grant Memorial Award, North Shore Arts, MA
1979 Adolph and Clara Obrig Prize, National Academy of Design, NYC
1979 Mrs. John Newington Award, Hudson Valley Arts, NYC
1979 Boston Guild of Artists Award, North Shore Arts, MA
1978 Muriel Alvord Ward Memorial Award, Academic Artists Assoc. MA
1978 David Soloway Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America, NYC
1978 Award of Excellence, Ellsworth Gallery, CT
1977 Council of American Artists Societies Award, Hudson Valley Arts, NY
1977 Gordon Grant Memorial Award, North Shore Arts, MA
1976 William Alfred White Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club, NYC
1976 Figure Painting Award, Rockport Art Association, MA
1975 Gold Medal for Maritime Painting, Franklin Mint Gallery of American Art
1975 The Mary Litt Medal, American Watercolor Society, NYC
1974 Gold Medal for Watercolor, Franklin Mint Gallery of American Art, PA

Early Important Awards and Grants: 1970-1963
1970 Greenshields Foundation Grant
1970 Gold Medal, Jordan Marsh Show, Boston, MA
1970 Silver Medal, Jury's Award, Jordan Marsh Show, Boston, MA
1969 Greenshields Foundation Grant
1968 Gold Medal of Honor, Rockport Art Association, MA
1968 William A. Paton Prize, National Academy of Design, NYC
1967 Gold Medal for Watercolor, Allied Artists of America, NYC
1965 Gold Medal, Kent Art Association, CT
1963 American Watercolor Society Award, NYC

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About  Don Stone

Born:  1929 - Council Bluffs, Iowa
Died:   2015
Known for:  Marine and landscape painting, illustration