June 13, 1977 Ms. Diane T. Bobbins 431 North Jenison Ave. Lansing, Michigan 48115 Dear Ms. Robbins: Thank you for your letter of June 2. Your dissertation subject sounds interesting. I used to spend my summers in Ogunquit (please note the correct spelling) and learned something of the art colony there in the 1950's — too late for you. I think the best thing to do is to contact two other individuals. I don't know how much they can tell you. Ms. Beverly Hallam, Surf Point, York, Maine Mr. David Woodbury, Woodbury Lane, Ogunquit, Maine ' I think the key figures at Ogunquit were Robert Laurent and Hamilton Easter Field, though the latter may be too early for you. There are still members of the Karfiol family around. I do not know any one doing research on Ogunquit, fairly scanty bibliography. There is a I might add one name, a personal friend who has been on the Ogunquit scene for many, many years and who is now quite old. This is the artist Henry Strater. You might mention my name although I don't know how much good it would do. He lives in Ogunquit during the summers and spends the winters in Florida. I would suggest that you write him inmedlately or, better yet, call him and if you feel that he can tell you things, I would go to Ogunquit and talk with him as soon as possible. (The address is simply Ogunquit, Maine.) I say this because of his advanced age and the possibility of a declining memory. I believe he knew Mrs. Halpert and certainly was well connected in the Ogunquit art world over many years. I hope this will be of some help. That is about all I know. Good luck in your research. Sincerely, William I. Homer Chairman
William Innes Homer Papers. Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center Archives.
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