Stevens Plains Chapter HSEAD

A group of friends who love Early American decorative arts.

Since 1946 members of local chapters of The Historical Society of Early American Decoration, Inc have met together to paint and to share their love of Early American Decorative arts.  In 1981 a group in Southern Maine organized as Stevens Plains chapter and we have been painting and having fun together ever since.  The chapter was named for Zachariah Stevens (1778-1856) a tinsmith in what is now Westbrook, Maine who hired local women to decorate his tinware with colorful painted designs. Today, we meet regularly to paint and learn about country painting, often called "tole," gold leaf, reverse painting on glass, theorem, fraktur, primitive portraits, stenciling and much more.  We sometime think "outside the paintbox"  and try our hands at other decorative arts practiced in the 19th century such as penny rugs, paper marbling, and bandbox construction.  Our goal is to have fun while learning and perfecting new skills. We welcome new members!