Artist Francis Hamabe Topic of Slide Talk at UMM on Oct. 8
MACHIAS, Maine – Author and art critic Carl Little will present a slide talk based on his new book, The Art of Francis Hamabe, in the Art Gallery at the University of Maine at Machias on Tuesday, October 8, at 7 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. The event is hosted by the Maine Writers Series at UMM.
The Art of Francis Hamabe covers the life and work of one of Maine’s most beloved artists. Born in 1917 in Orange, New Jersey, to a Japanese father and Swedish mother, Hamabe served in World War II and subsequently attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Moving to Maine in 1947, he established himself as a sought-after painter, printmaker, ceramicist, and puppeteer. He was the first art instructor at the Farnsworth Art Museum and later taught at the University of Maine at Machias. Hamabe also served as art director for Down East and Maine Life magazines and for the state’s first public television station in Orono.
In his talk, Little will offer a selection of Hamabe’s work, from modernist oil paintings and lively Sumi ink abstractions to his well-known screen print posters of Maine villages. Vintage photographs and examples of Hamabe’s witty and stylish graphic work will also be featured.
Little has written a number of art books, most recently Nature & Culture: The Art of Joel Babb. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the first John N. Cole Prize from Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He contributes articles to Art New England, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors and Island Journal. The Art of Francis Hamabe was published by Marshall Wilkes and designed by Karin Wilkes, director of Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth.
The talk is free and open to the public. The UMM Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Powers Hall.