Press Release

Blue Hill Library Arts Series: Art of Katahdin

As part of the ongoing “Art Adventures” series for adults and teens, author David Little will discuss, show images, and read from his new book, Art of Katahdin at the Blue Hill Public Library on Thursday July 25th at 7:00 PM.

Katahdin has been called Maine’s greatest treasure, and for more than 150 years the mountain has been a magnet for artists. Some of America’s most prominent landscape painters, including Frederic Edwin Church, James Fitzgerald, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin, form the backbone of a distinguished line of artists who have been captivated by the mountain and its wilderness surroundings.

Including more than two hundred images of the Katahdin region, many never before published, Art of Katahdin is the first book to celebrate this overlooked aspect of the mountain’s rich history. Covering the earliest surveys of the region, book illustrations, work from 19th- and 20thcentury painters, and contemporary artists, this volume weaves a surprising and stunning tapestry of the area’s artistic tradition.

Since first climbing Katahdin in 1978, painter David Little has explored Maine’s highest mountain as both a wilderness enthusiast and an artist. He took part in the Trust for Public Land’s successful campaign to preserve Katahdin Lake; curated the exhibition “Taking Different Trails: The Artist’s Journey to Katahdin Lake” at Bates College in 2007; and has been an active member of the Friends of Baxter State Park. Little attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has had residencies at the Carina House on Monhegan Island and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work has been shown at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Thos. Moser, Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. He lives with his wife Mikki in Portland, Maine.

The program is free, thanks to the Friends of the Library. The “Art Adventures” series will continue on the 4th Thursday of most months through September, spotlighting an array of visual and performing arts. For more information, contact the library, 374-5515.