During the First Friday art walk, artist Barbara Sullivan will give a brief 20-minute lecture about the art of fresco painting in the Farnsworth auditorium. Illustrated with images, she’ll share the history of the medium and describe this age-old process. The lecture is free and open to the public. After the lecture for those who wish to stay, she will show an 18minute documentary by Richard Searls At the Crossroads about the South Solon Meeting House, the interior of which was beautifully decorated with frescos in the early 1950s by artists at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
This summer the Farnsworth will launch a new lecture series honoring the artist Will Barnet, whose contribution to American art and the teaching of art in America has been extraordinary.  Marilyn S. Kushner, Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections, New York Historical Society (N-YHS),  will deliver an illustrated talk on the large and well-received exhibition “The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution.”  Dr. Kushner co-curated the recent exhibition (2013-14) by the same name at the N-YHS.
Starting in the mid-1840s the Shaker artist Joshua Bussell made a number of illustrated maps and landscape views picturing the Maine Shaker villages. Though he left no written record to explain his purpose in making these drawings, they appear to have served as a way for the Shakers to organize and document the built environment of Shaker life. This talk describes how the Shakers used these village views to help promote a sense of community among fellow Believers by sharing them with other Shaker societies, and to help communicate the visual culture of Maine Shaker life to the Shakers’ Central Ministry at New Lebanon, New York.
Elliot Bostwick Davis, curator of the 2014 Jamie Wyeth retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), offers a sneak preview of the exhibition, which spans six decades of Wyeth’s career. Davis examines this imaginative artist’s various modes of representational painting in the context of art past and present, including many works in the collection of the MFA, where Davis also serves as John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas.  The exhibition at the MFA will be on view July 16 to Dec. 28, 2014. Thereafter the exhibition will be travelling to three subsequent venues, including the Brandywine River Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, through October 5, 2015.
Join the Farnsworth docents for a trip to the Hudson River Valley. Visit the highlights of the Hudson River School Art Trail including the Olana Historic Site, the Thomas Cole House, Mountain Top Historical Society and five trail sights of Hudson River Paintings. Enjoy a memorable dinner at the Culinary Institute of America, walk the grounds and enjoy the sculptures of the Storm King Art Center, see modern art in an industrial setting at DIA Beacon. On your final morning, depending on the weather, we will visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College or stroll on the walkway over the Hudson River for a final breathtaking view.
Join us for a talk with Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and author of Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman. Korn will discuss the nature and rewards of creative work, and how art, craft, and design inform our shared search for a better way to live.
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Featuring Visits to the Studios of Artists Meghan Chase, Freddy LaFage, Warren Seelig, and Dudley Zopp
Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron, who organized The Wyeths, Maine and the Sea, will give a gallery talk on the opening weekend of this exhibition.  The art of the Wyeths – N.C., Andrew and Jamie – is a direct result of their familiarity with and fascination for life along midcoast Maine, reaching back to N.C.’s decision to bring his family to the area in 1920.  The Wyeths’ interests have included the coast’s dramatic shoreline and islands, including Monhegan, the lives of fishermen and farmers, and the boats, houses, barns, lighthouses and other structures scattered throughout the midcoast.  Their interest in these subjects is part of a long-standing tradition of work done by artists and artisans in Maine since the eighteenth century.


Celebrate the creative life of the midcoast community. These events follows a unique 20x20 format, where creative thinkers and makers share their ideas in a unique form of visual storytelling. Eight presenters will share 20 images of their work, with each image showing for 20 seconds, giving a rapid-fire, distilled essence to their presentations.