Bernard “Blackie” Langlais said that he loved having contact with the wood. The humor and immediacy in his animal and human creations veils the sophisticated use of shape, texture, and pattern. This important American artist, and native Maine son knew success through the Roko Gallery, Kennedy Gallery, Martha Jackson Gallery, Midtown Gallery, Leo Castelli Gallery, and the Allen Stone Gallery, and Midtown Galleries in New York where his was shown during the years 1954 through 1986. He was in numerous solo and group shows including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, PA, and Yale University. His innumerable honors include the Childe Hassam Purchase Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1968, a Maine Arts and Humanities Award in 1971, a Maine Artists’ Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1975, and a National Endowment Artists’ Award in 1977.