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.
Executive Board Members
President: Cristina Freas
Vice President: David Love
Secretary: Melissa Nelson
Treasurer: Stacie Gilmore
David R. Nicolas
Jennifer M. Walsh, Esquire
Advisors and Directors Emeriti
Dr. Peter Halmos
Robert M. Riggs
Casper R. Taylor, Jr
We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the gallery staff, artists and guests. We are performing extensive and thorough cleaning and sanitizing prior to reopening. We will follow all state and federal COVID-19 Guidelines, including requiring all individuals to wear a mask or face covering while inside the gallery. We are excited to see you again in 2021! Your safety is our top priority!
Thank you for your patronage and support,
Cristina Freas, President
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.