SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum will host a reception for French diorama artist Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Jeremiah Merithew House, where Marpeau’s dioramas are on display. In addition, the museum opened a new exhibit about Maine’s windjammer fleet on July 1.
A native of Brittany, France, Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau visits Maine every year to research the history of its islands and remote coastal communities.
Her research is realized in artistic form in intricate, intriguing dioramas or “shadowboxes” — three-dimensional tableaux that illustrate folktales, legends and history with depictions of ghost ships, lighthouse keepers, forgotten ship launchings and island celebrations. The museum is showing an exhibition of her work in the Jeremiah Merithew House through Sept. 10.
The museum opened a new exhibit, “Earning Their Keep: Maine’s Windjammers,” on July 1 in its Main Street Gallery. Believed to be the largest commercial sailing fleet in the developed world, Maine’s passenger-carrying schooners are a widely-recognized symbol of the state and an important part of its tourist economy. The exhibit includes historic and contemporary photographs, artifacts, ephemera, ship models and a video presentation. It will run through Oct. 24 and is open to museum visitors with regular admission $8, $3 children 7 to 15, free to children under 6, museum members and Searsport residents.
More information is available at www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org or call 548-2529.
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