Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast reopens with a special public artists reception for Dahlov Ipcar, from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 3. MFT Gallery is honored to welcome Maine’s award-winning and legendary artist Dahlov Ipcar as this year’s first exhibitor. From May 3 through June 4, the Gallery will be exhibiting “Celebrating the Farm,” a private collection of Ipcar’s illustrations and lithographs which drew their inspiration from the artist’s farm life in Maine.
The work of Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar is loved by people all around the country. With a career spanning seven decades, there’s a lot to treasure. Her hundreds of paintings range from realistic depictions of people working the land to bold and fanciful displays of animals in real or imagined habitats. These paintings have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
In a recent interview with MFT Gallery coordinator Anna Albado, Dahlov, said “All kids should be raised on a farm.” Dahlov’s parents, famed artists William and Marquerite Zorach, bought their family farm in the early twenties when Dahlov was five. She has lived there since, farming and raising a family with husband Adolph, and making art. To read Anna’s exclusive interview with Dahlov Ipcar about her life as a farming artist, please visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.com
Now, at the age of 95, Dahlov Ipcar is the most recent recipient of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine in America award. The award, currently in its seventh year, is granted by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Presidents Council to honor an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art.
Asked by Anna Albado if it is actually Adolph shoeing the horse, Dahlov said “Well, it’s not Adolph because I never was very good at portraits, but I just made up imaginary people. But it’s pretty much the horse! That was Kitty, before we got Black Betty, the giant horse. I was pleased how I got in all the details of the tool box, the shoes with the little clip on the front, and so on. Animals come so easily to me. My father used to say: “You draw a horse like you write your name!” Well…. I put it in practice!
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery has been expanded to include a second floor dedicated to a dozen represented artists, while the first floor will continue to exhibit guest artists and group shows. For more information, please visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org