Mission

The purpose of the Cumberland Cultural Foundation through the Gilchrist Gallery and Museum is to provide a public venue for the display of special exhibitions, permanent collections and cultural performances. The organization is committed to maintain and restore the historical structure and grounds at 104 Washington Street, Cumberland, Maryland and provide visual and performing arts education to the community while contributing to economic and tourism development in the area.

Leadership

Executive Board Members

President: Cristina Freas

Vice President: David Love

Secretary: Melissa Nelson

Treasurer: Stacie Gilmore

Board Members

Tabitha Barbarito
Christina Collins-Smith
Scott Cutter
Penny Knobel-Besa
Gregory Malloy
Sean McCarty
Melissa Nelson
David R. Nicolas
Maggie Pratt
Mounia Valois
Jennifer M. Walsh, Esquire

Advisors and Directors Emeriti

Kelli Allaway
Charles Amos
Katherine Getty
Dr. Peter Halmos
Edward Huber
Jack McMullen
Robert M. Riggs
Casper R. Taylor, Jr

Permanent Collections

John L. Wellington Collection

John Wellington was foremost a Cumberland, Maryland, banker whose hobby and greatest joy was in painting. In later years this early hobby became his all-consuming interest. “John Wellington was foremost a Cumberland, Maryland, banker whose hobby and greatest joy was in painting. In later years this early hobby became his all-consuming interest.

Denied the formal training he wished, and largely self-taught, he spent his vacations taking instruction in various phases of art. He enjoyed working with other artists in such summer colonies as Cape Cod, Provincetown and the Berkshires, and the winter one at Sarasota. He was truly a native artist, capturing the architecture, countryside, and life of the people of his period and area in hundreds of sketches and paintings. His aim was excellence; he would make numerous studies of the same subject, searching always to interpret faithfully what he felt and saw to the best of his ability.

Mr. Wellington was forced to retire from business by a severe stroke in 1939 which left his right side paralyzed and speaking almost impossible. Despite this tragic handicap, which would have ended the career of a lesser man, he felt compelled to con­tinue with his art, however, training his left hand to replace the skill of his right. [ By H. Paul Kotun ]

 

Charlie Amos Collection

The Cumberland Cultural Foundation, through the Gilchrist Gallery and Museum, commissioned artist Charles Amos to produce this painting of Baltimore Street, Cumberland, Maryland and is only available for purchase through the Cumberland Cultural Foundation.