Please don't get me wrong: the low rating I give the Hartley Center doesn't mean that I don't think it's terrific for what it is -- a library. Lisbon Street needs all the love we can give it and I loudly applaud Lewiston for this elegant rehab. But this rating is to alert tourists and other visitors that this is *not* a place to connect with Marsden Hartley, Lewiston's great native son. There's one Hartley painting here, and it is a very early picture in which little of his later qualities can be seen. Bear in mind that Hartley left Lewiston early in life and much later settled in a coastal area. He loved Lewiston very much from a distance, and sadly, very little in the city recalls his presence here. He is honored here, but in absentia.
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