Clark P. Thompson, author of Maine's Trotting Horse Heritage Trail, suggested the idea of dedicating an art gallery on the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center in memory of Maine born artist, Scott Leighton, whose painting served as the images for thirty Currier & Ives lithographs. The N.W. Scott Leighton Art Gallery is also dedicated to Clark's mother, Alene Leighton Thompson who was born in 1918 and died in 2013. Alene married Colby Thompson. They lived and farmed peas, oats and potatoes in Limestone, Maine. In the early years, they farmed with horses. Upon retiring from farming, Colby and Alene moved to Square Lake (Aroostook County) where they lived year round without utilities and without road access in the winter. For many years snowmobiles were their main mode of transportation in the winter. From the main road, Colby and Alene traveled eight miles one way to their lakeside home.
The N.W. Scott Leighton Art Gallery will feature Leighton's work. In addition selected other selected art work from the 19th and early 20th centuries will be posted to the Gallery.
We hope you enjoy the art of Scott Leighton and other 19th century artists.