Toymaker to Sculptor: Bryce’s Evolution (1969-2005)

Bryce Leigh MuirIn an exhibit with many pieces shown for the first time, the Merrymeeting Arts Center will trace Bryce Muir’s artistic life. Starting with his first simple toys for family members as well as pocket creatures sold as a licensed peddler on a street corner in Providence Rhode Island, the new exhibit will detail his evolution to commissioned pieces and wooden portraits, complicated articulated figures, American heroes, and archetypal sculptures.

The forty-odd sculptures will show the wide variety of wood Bryce used and his skilled incorporation of wood grain, knots, colors, and odd imperfections into his vivid figures and shapes.  His creative process will be showcased from the first stage of roughing out with a saw to shaping on a moving sanding disk to lengthy hand smoothing and the final application of simple mineral oil.

The “Toymaker to Sculptor” exhibit will open on Saturday, June 17 from 10-1 p.m.  It will be joined by a second exhibit entitled, “Whimsy and Wood” when the Merrymeeting Arts Center formally kicks off its 10th anniversary celebration on Sat. July 22 from 4-6 p.m.  The second exhibit will showcase wood sculptures, carvings and creations. Both exhibits will run through September 9.


Merrymeeting Arts Center is open on Saturdays from 10-1 and Sundays from 1-4 from June 17-September 9. To schedule a visit for other times call 504-1132 and leave a message.

Merrymeeting Arts Center was created in Bryce Muir’s honor and opened in September 2007. Workshops, films, special events and fundraisers are planned throughout 2017-18.  The center is located in Bowdoinham, Maine at 9 Main Street. For more information on the Merrymeeting Arts Center, its history and current doings, please visit

Merrymeeting Arts Center encourages art, education and community celebrating the cultural heritage and natural environment of Merrymeeting Bay. Inspired and guided by the eclectic values of the life and spirit of Bryce Muir, the Center joyfully promotes egalitarianism, whimsy, environmental consciousness, and diversity through its artists, programs and projects.


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