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Vivian Milner Akers (1886-1966) was born in Norway, Maine. His education was obtained at local schools and Hebron (Maine) Academy, then available without tuition to students of Oxford County. It is told he drew from an early age, and was influenced by nearby local "Summer" artists Douglas Volk, of Sweden, ME, Charles Fox and Curtis Perry of North Bridgton, ME, who ran an artists Colony with scholarships to such young men as Akers. He was also influenced by visiting artists there. He taught Art in the local schools and also supported himself doing "Art Photography." He was able to purchase the Wiggins Merrill Photography Studio at the corner of Main and Deering Streets in Norway, his studio for the rest of his life. He married Edith Verrill of New Haven, Connecticut. The marriage was presumably of short duration and there were no offspring. Akers attended the Art Students League in New York City and later studied in Paris and travelled Europe. His earliest known work is a watercolor wash on paper titled "Lone Pine on the Intervale" dated October 5th 1912 (private Bridgton, ME collection), much in the style of contemporary works by Demuth, using washes. When he visited California in the early 1940's, he experimented in an expressionist style using heavy brushwork and applying multiple glazes. Pointillism is another style he experimented in, with good results, but to him it didn't convey the air of Maine, and was abandoned. His greatest strength as an artist was conveying the unique skies and shadows found in Western Maine, painting morning, afternoon and night with equal aplomb. Akers also was one of the original founders and carvers of the Harer frame makers. He, however, did not like to be under pressure to make a number of frames a day because it made his time for creating art in short supply. So he returned to Maine, and carved his own frames, some being sent to Harer, but in his distinctive incised carved script. He usually just carved for his own work, and some of his works still retain their signed incised carved "V.AKERS" frames.

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