Charles I. D. Looff was a master carver and builder of hand-carved and amusement rides in America. Looff, (May 24, 1852 – July 1, 1918) built his first carousel in 1876. He built the stunning carousel in use at Heritage Museum and Gardens in 1908. He became famous for creating the unique Coney Island style of carousel carving. Read more . . .
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Dodge Macknight, (1860-1950) became a landscape and genre painter of “the scenic wonders of the world,” but another of his favorite subjects was the American West. Of his bright colors, one reviewer described his painting as “impressionism gone mad” (Vose Gallery). He lived in East Sandwich in a house locally known as Hedgerow from 1897 to 1950. He was a personal friend of Vincent van Gogh and a contemporary of American artists John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer and shared equal billing with these painters for a 1923 exhibition. His works are on display in the Macknight room of the Sandwich Public Library and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston.