When Colby Museum of Art opened its new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion last weekend, its community of supporters celebrated a transforming gift of more than 500 works of art by the museum’s longtime benefactors, the Lunder Family. Suddenly, the old magic carpet filled out and, in parts, came up looking almost new.
The Lunder gift has propelled Colby into the first rank of college museums – not quite up there with Harvard and Yale, but certainly in the same league as Smith, Williams, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Wellesley’s Davis Museum of Art. For art lovers it has made a trip to Maine all but obligatory this summer. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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