The World Of Dahlov Ipcar


"I find it hard to explain my art, but then it doesn't really need explanation. It may seem mysterious or challenging, but all you need to do is to open your heart to the joy and excitement of a new visual experience, to accept a new vision of a world full of the unusual, a world of the creative imagination."
Dahlov Ipcar - Seven Decades of Creativity...



Contact Dahlov?

Send your comments and queries to my NEW emai laddress :

Bob Ipcar
I'll be happy pass them on to my mom.



2012 Maine In America Award Presentation

On July 19th, Dahlov was honored by the Farnsworth Art Museum, an honor given to an individual or a group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine and its role in American art. Previous recipients have been, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Andrew Wyeth, Paul Caponigro, John Wilmerding and Will Barnet.

2012 Book Release

Coming in November

Maine Alphabet
Written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Stripes and Spots
Written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Islandport Press
$17.95, Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934031-70-4


A young tiger sets out on his own to explore and hunt, determined to catch things with stripes. A young leopard sets out on his own to explore and hunt, determined to catch things with spots. And when the two youngsters meet, their adventures more than double!

In this delightful children's book, originally published in 1961, Dahlov Ipcar uses the playful cats to depict the exuberance and innocence of youth. And when danger looms, perhaps they are not as old or as brave as they think they are. Ipcar's incomparable signature artwork has never looked bolder or brighter.

Dahlov Book Signings...

New Board Book: Maine Alphabet

Midcoast Hospital (Cooks Corner, Brunswick)
Friday, November 9th
10 to Noon

Georgetown Historical Society
Bay Point Road off rt 127
Saturday, December 1st
10 to Noon

Dahlov Wins Moonbeam Award...

In from Islandport Press
Farmyard Alphabet - The first ever board book by legendary Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar has been honored with a bronze medal in the Board Book category of the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to celebrate children's books and lifelong reading. "This year's Moonbeam award winners confirm that books can change children's lives," says Moonbeam Awards founder Jerrold Jenkins. "They've already had a big impact on the judges and the kids that read them, so we know these books were created to enrich children's lives." Dahlov's previous book-related awards include the prestigious Kerlan Award in Children's Literature in 1998; the Katahdin Award from the Maine Library Association in 2001; and the New England Independent Booksellers Association President's Award in 2010.



Dahlov's 2011 Fall Exhibit has moved to Frost Gully Gallery in Freeport

1159 US Route 1 Freeport, ME 04032
(207) 773-2555

Frost Gully Gallery - Thomaston, Maine

"Recent Paintings" - solo exhibit

November 7th - Dec 10th

Twenty new oil paintings done over the past two years

A bienial not to be missed.
Opening Sunday, November 6th with Dahlov 3-6pm

Frost Gully Gallery - Thomaston, Maine

150 Main Street
Pnone: 207-865-4505

See Dahlov's work at:









Classic Rug Collection Presents Dahlov Ipcar Children's Rugs & Pillows (new designs will be in the offing later this spring)

Barbara Barran, President of Classic Rug Collection, Inc. has just annouced a licensed line of children's rugs and pillow's featuring designs from Dahlov's children's books. Consisting of chain stitched wool thread on natural canvas, the pillows and rugs in the collection are made by hand in Kashmir.

Ordering information is available at


Dahlov Posters & Prints...

Like to own a Dahlov Print or Black & White Lithograph?
We have
limited edition prints of three posters available; three full color Giclée reproduction; as well as a few black & white lithographs, all numbered and signed

Bob Ipcar

Book about Dahlov (Finalist for the 2010 Book Of The Year Award- arts catagory)


The Art of Dahlov Ipcar, edited by Carl Little.
Downeast Books -
released June 2010
10 X12; 124 color plates; $50



Grew Up With Dahlov's Books?
We are constantly reminded by Dahlov's fans how much her children's books meant to them when they were small children; how the first editions that have survived are now seeing service with grandchildren.

You will be happy to know that Islandport Press is re-releasing two a year! Next up will be Stripes & Spots , May 2012.

Sci-Fi Trilogy by her son, Bob Ipcar, now available on Kindle eBooks...

Recent addition to the Kindle eBook store is the Children of Orion Series by Robert Ipcar. Here you'll find memorable woman characters who are forced to hit the ground running when unforeseen events overtake them - castaways on a distant world spawned of a collasped black hole. See for descriptions of each novel as well as character excepts...


Past Major Exhibit

World Wildlife Fund

As part of the World Wildlife Fund's 50th anniversary celebration in 2011, the image of Dahlov's Biosphere will be incorporated on some of their anniversary materials. Biosphere now resides at the WWF's Washington DC offices, a gift from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.

Biosphere", oil, 4ft x 6ft 1996




November 2009

Frost Gully Gallery
1159 Route 1
PO Box 202
Freeport, ME, 04032
Phone: 207 - 865 4505
See Dahlov's work at:

exhibit Images & pricing










December 2007

25 recent oil paintings... (below)

"... If ever an art opening had a rock-star feel to it, this was it."
Check out Bob Keyes' Review of Dahlov's 2007 opening





Enchanted Mountain - oil on canvas 2007





Merry-Go-Round oil on canvas 2007 -
(Now available as a Giclée









Black & White - oil on canvas 2007

Other Exhibits
A partial listing of Dahlov's exhibits within the past decade

NEIBA Award To Dahlov Ipcar...

Dahlov received the President's Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA). This prestigious award is given annually to recognize outstanding contribution to arts and letters. Dahlov joined Robert McCloskey as the only other children's book author/illustrator to receive this award.

"Dahlov Ipcar's lifelong body of work is entirely inspiring. That she has so beautifully created books to draw children, in particular, to the joys of language and art is further testament to her genius. Readers of all ages have delighted in Ipcar's work for many years and because her work is so timeless, they will do so for decades to come." Dick Hermans, NEIBA Board President


Dahlov Ipcar Hooked Rug (not public domain)

Tiger & Leopard
Original design hooked by Dahlov Ipcar in 1974

Just to set the record straight...

We have been made aware of a hooked rug design floating around entitled Tumbling Cats that may have been copied from an original design hooked by Dahlov entitled Tiger & Leopard that appeared in the 1975 publication, American Hooked and Sewn Rugs; folk art underfoot, by Joel & Kate Kopp; published by Plume (page 117 #202). This book was copyright protected and identified Dahlov as the originator of the design and the year 1974 as the date of creation.

It's proper to ask Dahlov for permission to reproduce this design; credit must be given to her as the creator of this design. It is not proper to be using her design for commercial purposes e.g. selling patterns, kits or rugs because Dahlov claims copyright and does not permit it.

Original work in artist's bedroom (2010)

Dahlov (age 93) is not a hooked rug artist per se. Tiger & Leopard represents a "one of a kind" creation. Her children's book, Stripes & Spots, 1961, depicts a similar cover arrangement of a tiger and leopard as well.





In 1977, Dahlov also painted an oil on linen Tiger & Leopard, 36 X 50

Portland School Promotes "Reading with Families"



When Connie Ortolani saw that Maine Reads through their "Read With ME" initiative was giving all Kindergarten students a copy of "The Cat at Night" by Dahlov Ipcar, she thought that this would be a perfect start to the school year; get families excited about reading to and with their children.   With the assistance of IThe Literacy Specialist, Ann Hanna of the East End Community School, Connie presented the book to all their Kindergarten families.  

What a turn out! 20 families and lots of kids; all were familiar with the story since Connie had already read it to their individual K classes. She gave them a cat picture to color when they got home and they all promised to read the book with their families.



Post Office Mural Restoration

LaFollette Mural
Summer 2005 - from Bill Teaster, Postmaster of LaFollette TN...

"Your mother painted the mural for our lobby in 1939.  We were just commissioned to have our Mural restored due to water damage and overspray of paint when our lobby was repainted.  Elizabeth Parma out of Chicago was commissioned to restore the mural through Dallan Wordekemper who is with the historical preservation society in Washington.  We would love for your mother to be a part of this or at least be aware that it is happening. .... I thought everyone might like to see the Mural during the restoration process. "

Notice the cleaning process. Lo and behold, the hunter's shirt isn't gray - it's white!

Dahlov On Video..

Maine Masters Project DVD video about about Dahlov. Now available through Islandport Press

Dahlov T-Shirts by Liberty Graphics
Located right here in Maine!
Fox & Geese Black & White Cats Entwined Garden of Feline Delights

Visit The Dahlov Store On-Line

In past seasons we've had wonderful fun making up family gifts with Dahlov designs through, so as an experiment, we're throwing it open to the public. Here you'll find a few t-shirts; kid's t-shirts; tote bags; coffee mugs & even a mouse pad (with a cat on it). The three designs we've put up are: the cat from Dahlov's book The Cat Came Back; Cats Entwined from an oil painting of the same title; and The Gingham Dog & The Calico Cat - also an oil painting. We've found the quality of CafePress products to be excellent.

Note: Dahlov retains the rights to all reproduction of all her images.

Contact Dahlov?

What, Dahlov own a computer?

While Dahlov's word processor outlived its own manufacturer - Smith Corona - by a good fifteen years, we've weaned her onto an iMac (her second upgrade actually) though only for so long as we call it a word processor. The next big step is e-mail... Until then, send your comments and queries to:

Send your comments and queries to my NEW emai laddress :

Bob Ipcar
I'll be happy pass them on to my mom.

(In Memory of Adolph Ipcar - 1905 - 2003)