SEARSPORT — French artist Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau’s detailed dioramas, illustrating folklore and legends from the Maine Coast and islands, will set sail aboard the Maine Sea Coast Mission ship Sunbeam V on Aug. 16.
Under the auspices of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Marpeau and a dozen of her newly constructed dioramas will travel Aug. 16-19 aboard the Sunbeam V to island and coastal communities including Northeast Harbor, Isle au Haut, North Haven, Islesboro, Stonington, Swan’s Island, and Great Cranberry Island.
As part of the tour, Marpeau will show her artwork and give workshops about making dioramas at some of the stops. She will be accompanied by Penobscot Museum staff members, who will display photos and give slide shows about some of the slated communities.
Marpeau, from Brittany, France, is renowned for her meticulously detailed dioramas, also known as shadowboxes, illustrating stories from Maine’s coast and islands. With subject matter encompassing legends, folktales and historical events, Marpeau’s three-dimensional constructions variously express whimsy, mystery, tragedy, courage, isolation and celebration.
Following the island excursions, the exhibit will be installed at the Dowling Walsh Gallery, where the pieces will be for sale.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to extensive collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft, ship models and historic photography.
For more information, call 548-2529 and visit www.PenobscotMarineMuseum.org.
Floating Art Show Schedule
Aug. 16, Northeast Harbor. The exhibit will be on view at the Sunbeam V’s berth at the town dock in Northeast Harbor. A reception and slide show follow at the Great Harbor Maritime Museum on Main Street.
Aug. 17, Isle au Haut. Dockside reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at town landing.
Aug. 18, Stonington. A dockside reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Diorama workshop from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Penobscot East Resource Center. Reception follows at 5:30 p.m. Slide show at 6:30 p.m. at Stonington Town Hall.
Aug. 19, Swan’s Island. Reception from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Minturn quarry wharf.
Aug. 19, Great Cranberry Island. Dockside reception at town dock.