The Yarmouth History Center is featuring Wladislaw Finne of Yarmouth in the Stonewall Gallery. A graphic designer, landscape painter and sketch artist, Slava Finne was born in Krasnodar, Russia in 1919. Finne came to the US where his connections gave him a job in Chicago at Scott Foresman & Company. Slava began attending evening classes at the Chicago Art Institute and the Bauhaus Institute of Design.
Five years later, Slava moved to New York and got a job at Ernst Reichle Design. Eventually he left Ernst Reichle and went completely out on his own. His freelance work brought him a temporary Art Director position at Orion Press where he designed Marc Chagall’s “My Life.” Other employers included Bernard Geis Publishers where he designed the popular “Valley of the Dolls”, Sinauer Press, Harry Abrams Publishing where he designed Jansen’s Art History books, Dial Press, and MacMillan where he met and worked with a young Maurice Sendak. In 1964, he married Rachael Robinson and in 1970 they moved to Maine with their one year old daughter. He continued to freelance in New York and eventually worked for local publishers such as Countryman Press in Vermont, Heinemann Books in Portsmouth NH and Harpswell Press here in Maine. The Yarmouth History Center is honored to be showing the late Mr. Finne's works.