Karla Rider, Executive Director of the Rufus Porter Museum of ART and Ingenuity, will speak to the Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region on Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 a.m. at Stella’s on the Square, 6 North Main Street, Bridgton.  This will be an In-Person Meeting Only.  All are welcome. No Charge. Coffee only.  If school is cancelled due to weather, the meeting will be postponed.

Karla will share information about the latest projects at the Rufus Porter Museum, especially focusing on the expansion of its cultural complex with construction of a classic post and beam barn that will complement Main Street and the two other historic museum buildings on the site. The new structure will feature the Museum’s collection of over thirty wall murals, reconstructed and displayed in the design of the original rooms. The largest collection of wall murals of any kind in the United States, these beautiful murals have never been gathered together in one place or open to public view. This and other unique Rufus projects and programs make our region a locale for folk art, so popular in the US right now.  For more information about the Museum and its contribution to the area, visit https://rufusportermuseum.org. 

Executive Director of the Rufus Porter Museum since November 2018, Karla Rider is originally from Connecticut.  She moved to Maine after attending college in Boston to continue her education and gain more experience in the museum field. Karla has had the privilege of working for a variety of grass-roots non-profit organizations in Maine including the Old York Historical Society, Victoria Mansion, the Maine People's Alliance, Maine Preservation, Museum L-A, and the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.