On Friday, June 6, during First Friday at the Farnsworth, artist Barbara Sullivan will give a brief 20-minute lecture about the art of fresco painting. The talk, which will be illustrated with images, will take place at 5:30 p.m., in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s auditorium and is free. The museum offers free admission to everyone from 5 – 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, June through October, as part of First Fridays at the Farnsworth Sponsored by The First.
During this free lecture, artist Barbara Sullivan will share the history of the history of fresco painting and describe this age-old process. Afterwards, for those who wish to stay, she will show an 18-minute documentary by Richard Searls At the Crossroads about the South Solon Meeting House, whose interior was beautifully decorated with frescos in the early 1950s by artists at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Artist Barbara Sullivan received a B.A. in Visual Art and Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington and an M.F.A. at Vermont College. She has given many fresco workshops at colleges and art centers throughout New England and New York. She currently teaches drawing and painting at The University of Maine at Farmington. In 2007, Sullivan received a Pollock/Krasner Grant and an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Support Grant. On Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, Sullivan is teaching a 2-day fresco workshop at the Farnsworth’s Gamble Version Education Center. For inquiries about the workshop, call 207-596-6457 x146 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education .