By the 1930s, Hibbard was spending winter months in Vermont and the rest of the year in Rockport, Massachusetts, where he established the Rockport Summer School of Drawing and Painting and grew to become a legendary member of the North Shore artist colony and even the Rockport baseball team. A leader in civic matters, Hibbard was an ardent supporter of preserving the intrinsic charm of the community, even taking on the task each spring of choosing the exact shade of red that the town would paint the fishing shack commonly referred to as Motif #1.While Hibbard and his family would usually depart Cape Ann for Vermont by November, at times snowy weather early in the season would create paintable scenery just outside his Granite Street home or along the waterfront, as seen in Motif #1, Rockport, in Winter.
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1). (verso of board in black) 69-77
2). (verso of board in black, in circle) 5
1). A. T. HIBBARD COLLECTION / Ledgendsea / Gallery / ROCKPORT / MASSACHUSETTS / Property of Winifred J. Hibbard
2). (red stamp) A. T. HIBBARD / COLLECTION
3). Exhibited / ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION / On: Sept. 27 – October 27, 1996 / Show: Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A. / 12 Main Street Rockport, MA 01966
1). A. T. Hibbard N.A., Artist in Two Worlds, by John L. Cooley (copyright 1968, by the artist, and in 1996, by the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts), illus. p. 121
2). Illustrated in the catalogue for the R.A.A. 2012 exhibition above, p. 56
1). Aldro T. Hibbard, N.A., A Retrospective, Rockport Art Association, 1996
2). A. T. Hibbard, N.A. (1886-1972): American Master, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Massachusetts, October 5 – November 11, 2012