The Maine launch of the book “Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship,” a collaboration between renowned landscape painter Marguerite Robichaux and celebrated Maine author Elizabeth Peavey, will take place at the Portland Museum of Art on Friday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. The artist and author will give a brief talk on the art of collaboration at 6 p.m. and a book signing and reception will follow. The book is available in the Museum Store for $50.
Since they first met and became friends in 1996, Robichaux and Peavey have roamed and rambled the back roads of Maine together, documenting their adventures through Robichaux’s gorgeous oils, watercolors and lively spot details, and through Peavey’s witty and vivid writing. But these images and words are more than illustrative. Robichaux and Peavey share a passion for the state each has chosen to call home. They feel a sense of urgency and obligation to chronicle and preserve some of these wild places before they’re gone forever. The book, they feel, is also a document of conservation.
Artist Marguerite Robichaux lives and works in the woods of Maine. Long recognized as a preeminent landscape painter, she has exhibited extensively in New England and her native Louisiana. She has been represented by Pucker Gallery in Boston since 2002. Her work is included in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, University of Maine Museum of Art, State of Maine, and many private and corporate collections. She serves on the board of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program, where she was a Fellow in 1990.
Elizabeth Peavey is a Portland-based freelance writer and teacher. Her one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, premiered in Portland this past fall to sold-out houses and is now touring the state. She is the author of Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly and of Maine & Me, which was awarded the Maine Literary Award for Best Maine-themed Book. Her writing has been featured in Down East magazine since 1993. She teaches public speaking at the University of Southern Maine and has also taught creative nonfiction at the University of Maine at Farmington.
Subsequent Parlor Talks will take place at the Museum on Friday, April 13 and Friday, May 11, featuring local artists and designers who will discuss collaboration across disciplines and mediums. All talks are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.portlandmuseum.org.