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This three-part series will explore the homes and artistic lives of three of Maine’s treasured artists: Dahlov Ipcar (b. 1917), Bernard Langlais (1923-1977) and Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847). Each artist lived most of their lives in Maine and suffused their immediate living environments with their rich imaginative lives. Ipcar, Langlais, and Fisher’s homes all reflect their unique and multi-dimensional artistic personalities—blends of whimsy and functionality—ranging from monumental wooden animals to handmade furniture, hand-painted murals to fine prints.
Beginning in the 1920s artists Marguerite and William Zorach summered with their children, Dahlov and Tessim, at their Robinhood Farm on Georgetown Island. There they created a riot of movement, pattern and color that extended from their paintings, sculpture and textile art into the three-dimensional spaces of their home. As a grown woman living in her own house nearby, their daughter Dahlov Ipcar possessed a similar talent for unselfconscious expression. An imaginative painter and author, Ipcar shares with her parents a talent for recognizing what is meaningful in her world, thus merging art and family life.
In 1956, Bernard “Blackie” Langlais and his wife, Helen, purchased a summer cottage on the St. George River in Cushing as a summer getaway from their Chelsea loft in New York City. Ten years later, the couple bought a nearby farm and moved permanently to the area. Langlais was drawn back to Maine, his birthplace, by the exalting effect it had on all facets of his art, from his subject matter to his studio practice to the media in which he worked. There he poured his physical and creative energy into the construction of more than one hundred monumental sculptures, which he erected in the fields, ponds and rocky rises of his Cushing property.
As a young man, Jonathan Fisher possessed a triple passion for art, nature and mathematics. These disciplines were intertwined by 1794, when he left Harvard University and came to Maine to serve as parson of a Congregational church in the small village of Blue Hill. Although his primary duties as a country parson engaged much of his time, Fisher was also a farmer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor, and writer of prose and poetry. He bound his own books, made buttons and hats, designed and built furniture, painted sleighs, reported for the local newspaper, dug wells, built his own home and raised a large family. A painter and a printmaker, his art was often created late at night by primitive light, but his artistic sensibilities informed daily life in the household.
Location: Farnsworth auditorium
Seating: limited to 60 people
Cost: Series Ticket $24 members, $30 nonmembers; Individual Lectures $10 members, $12 nonmembers (to purchase tickets for individual lectures, please click on the lecture title)