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Anneli Skaar: The Artful Journey

The Annual Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture

August 16 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Anneli Skaar (b. 1969) is a Norwegian-American artist and award-winning designer who lives in Camden, Maine. Primarily a painter, she also works in a variety of mediums from fine press techniques to pen and ink in order to create limited edition artist books. Her artist books The Island Whale and Nansen’s Pastport, published by Two Ponds Press, are in the Farnsworth’s collection. In addition, her work is found in Peabody Essex Museum, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and libraries such as the United Nations Library in Geneva and U.S. Library of Congress Special Collections.

The Island Whale by Anneli Skaar illuminates eight ancient fables of whales being mistaken for islands, spanning centuries and different cultures. In these stories the whales, inevitably sinking beneath the sea, become a metaphor for the potential disaster for humans exploiting the natural world. This talk will address the inspiration, artistic process, and deliberate choice of materials involved in creating this fine press artist book which emulates the style of a whaling journal from the 1800s.

The Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture focuses on the art of the book, past and present. Katie and her husband, Stephen, had a vision and passion to ensure the future growth and accessibility of the Farnsworth library, created through the bequest of the museum’s founder, Lucy Copeland Farnsworth. The library is the only publicly accessible library in the state of Maine devoted solely to art.

Cost: $10; $8 for Farnsworth members. Tickets include museum admission.

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Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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