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Carl Little gallery talk about Dahlov Ipcar: Stories

Wednesday, November 15 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults

“I have long felt that a child raised without art is as surely deprived as a child raised without love,” artist Dahlov Ipcar once said, adding, “and fine art in children’s books is the best way to bring art to a great many children.” Carl Little, author The Art of Dahlov Ipcar and a producer of the film Dahlov Ipcar: Maine Master, will offer thoughts on the late artist’s illustrations during a tour of her show, Dahlov Ipcar: Stories, at the Portland Public Library.  The tour will be held at noon in the Lewis Gallery on November 15th.

Carl Little is the author of many art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England, The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent, The Art of Francis Hamabe, and Nature & Culture: The Art of Joel Babb. His 2011 book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the first John N. Cole Award from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.  Little lectures widely; venues include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and many Maine libraries. He contributes to a number of publications, including Art New England, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Ornament, Maine Home + Design, and Island Journal.

As we mark Portland Public Library’s milestone 150th year, we’re delighted to celebrate the life and work of Dahlov Ipcar during what would have been her 100th year with an exhibition of her illustrations. Original watercolor paintings from all of the books she illustrated, and often authored, will be on exhibit in the Lewis Gallery from October 6 through December 23.  Her stories and imaginative illustrations have made a significant contribution to the world of children’s books and captured the imaginations of generations of Maine readers.  The works will be on display for all to enjoy, with special considerations made for children’s viewing.  Join us for an opening during the First Friday Art Walk on October 6, 2017 featuring a performance of Dahlov’s favorite songs at 7:00pm in the Rines Auditorium.  A special Children’s reception will be held on November 3 during First Friday Art Walk featuring a special exhibition viewing in the gallery with interactive art workshop in the Library’s Atrium for kids.  The December 1 Art Walk will feature holiday themed activities.  Portland Ballet will be performing in the Atrium windows during the First Friday Art Walks in October and December.

Dahlov Ipcar’s books have been translated into many languages are appreciated and revered around the world, but perhaps nowhere more than in Maine where she created, wrote, and illustrated books for over 60 years. While her primary audience is children, her work resonates just as deeply with the adults – parents, teachers, caregivers, friends – who support young readers.  In honor of Dahlov’s young appreciators, Portland Public Library is partnering with Snell Family Farm to provide freshly picked apples, pears and different treats each Wednesday during the exhibit available in the Children’s Library.

Portland Public Library is honored to name Camden National Bank as generous sponsors of the exhibit.  Stay tuned for programming and lectures which will be held in conjunction with this exhibit throughout the fall by visiting