On Thursday, July 12, artist Jamie Wyeth will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue for the Farnsworth Art Museum show Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan. The book signing will take place at the museum’s Wyeth Center, at the corner of Elm Street and Union Street in Rockland, Maine. The signing will begin at 1 p.m. for members only and will continue at 2 p.m. for nonmembers. This event is free of charge.
The exhibition Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan is on display at the Wyeth Center through December 30, 2012. Jamie Wyeth’s connection to Monhegan dates to the late 1950s, when he first went there with his father, and he has continued to paint there ever since. His connection to fellow artist Rockwell Kent goes back nearly as far. Early in his career Wyeth bought several of Kent’s pen and ink drawings that Kent used as the sources for his illustrations to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, one of his most renowned book illustration projects, and then bought several of Kent’s paintings from his first period on the island around 1907. This exhibition will focus on works painted by the two artists done on Monhegan, and show how the scenic island has inspired their work.
Mr. Wyeth will only be signing copies of the exhibition catalogue at this special Wyeth Day event. The catalogue is available both at the main Museum Store at the corner of Main Street and Elm Street and at the satellite store in the museum’s Wyeth Center. For more information about this event please contact the Museum Store at 596-5789.