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History Talk: Rowantrees Pottery in Blue Hill

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BLUE HILL—Local art teacher and artist Penny Ricker will give a talk on the history of Rowantrees Pottery at the Blue Hill Public Library on Thursday, August 17th at 7:00 PM. The presentation is cosponsored by the library and the Blue Hill Historical Society.

Rowantrees Pottery was founded in 1935 by Adelaide Pearson, who was also the driving force behind the construction of the Blue Hill Public Library building. The business began as free art classes offered to local children in the 1930’s, which were attended by Penny’s mother and aunt. Her aunt, Sheila Varnum, inherited the business in 1978, and Penny spent many summers playing on the property as a child, and later working there.

Penny Ricker teaches art full-time to K-8 students at the Blue Hill Consolidated School (BHCS), and is an accomplished painter. Her decision to become an art teacher was greatly influenced by her personal connection with Rowantrees Pottery and the history surrounding its beginnings. At the start of her career at BHCS in 2008, she offered free classes in drawing, painting and pottery to 60 students on the lawn of the property, just like Rowantrees had done in the 30’s. According to Penny, “Blue Hill is a special place where the arts can thrive, and our history supports that.”

The presentation is free and open to everyone. For more information contact the library at 374-5515.