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 email address :

Bob Ipcar
e-mail: bipcar@gmail.com
I'll be happy pass them on to my mom.

04/10/14

UPDATES...

April 15th, 2014
I Like Animals...

I Like Animals was first printed in 1960 using a hand-picked colour palette and traditional printing techniques. As Dahlov Ipcar's original lithographic plates were lost many years ago, Flying Eye Books has worked to faithfuly restore and reproduce the quality of the original art. Using modern techniques, our restorers have painstakingly picked out the layers of spot colour and re-mastered each brush stroke while keeping the integrity of the line.
I Like Animals has been brought back to life in an edition worthy of the original classic.

ISBN 9781909263253

 

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/I-Like-Animals-Dahlov-Ipcar/dp/1909263257

Powells:
http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9781909263253-0

 

Classic Rug Collection-sneak preview

 

 

 

Barbara Barran, President of Classic Rug Collection, Inc. has just released a sneak priview of their new "Cat At Night" Pillow Collection featuring illustrations from Dahlov's book Cat At Night. Ordering information is available at ShopClassicRug.com

 

 

 

 

 

Dahlov Book Signings...

Nothing for the moment...

Dahlov Exhibits

Family note: We would rather not have Dahlov sign books during exhibit openings. For one thing, she's more comfortable doing signings while seated at a table, not on her walker. She also prefers her own marker pen which is more comfortable to hold. And she's 96 years old..

But often her books are for sale during exhibits/shows of her work.

For official book signings, see above.

 

Dahlov's Bienniel Exhibit - Over 20 Recent Paintings
-exhibit is over but many of the painting remain at Frost Gully Gallery

Nov 17th - Dec 30th
Opening reception was Sunday Nov17
Frost Gully Gallery
1159 Route 1


Freeport, Maine
Info@frostgullygallery.com

 

 




 




Farm Ruckus


Serengeti Triad

 

 

 

 

Knight at Arms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Gardians

 

 

 

 

Equine Pinwheel

In Egg Splicable

 

 

Dahlov was recently selected by the Portland Press Herald as one of "Ten Mainers to be Thankful For...

Staff Writer, Bob Keyes: Dahlov Ipcar, 96, is considered a cultural treasure of Maine. A painter and author, beloved for her kaleidoscopic renderings of animals and a long history of richly illustrated books for children, is one of the last links to the early days of Maine art. -

http://www.pressherald.com/news/2013-ten-mainers-to-be-thankful-for.html?searchterm=dahlov+ipcar#3

Lewiston Sun Journal
Pat Davidson Reef: Stepping into an exhibit of recent paintings by Dahlov Ipcar is like stepping into a whole environment; an environment of wild animals, warmth and exotic imagination Fantastic, colorful, energetic: Dahlov Ipcar exhibit a must-see

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/encore/2013/11/26/fantastic-colorful-energetic-dahlov-ipcar-exhibit/1457255

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MISC PIX GALLERY...


julie ipcar


Kaylee enjoying the paintings of Dahlov Ipcar - pix by Tami Bill.

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Dahlov "Full Circle" Calendar for 2014

Islandport Press announces a gorgeous new calendar featuring 15 "Circle Paintings" by Dahlov

Twenty-five years ago, legendary Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar was fascinated by the images she saw looking through a kaleidoscope. The then-71-year-old, who regularly seeks new inspiration for her paintings, set out to bring that same dramatic look to her art. To accomplish her vision, she painted circles within circles, making sure each new layer pulsated with energy, color, and patterns. The result was the breathtaking "Cat Mandala," the first of her so-called "Circle Paintings, which she unveiled in 1988.

Over the following 23 years, she created fourteen more circle paintings, each featuring a different animal theme ranging from the real to the imagined to the fanciful, from Australia to Asia, merry-go-rounds to blue moons. One critic called these paintings "a rich visual feast, an experience full of zest, color, and magical imagery." Islandport Press will feature all fifteen of Ipcar's Circle Paintings in "Dahlov Ipcar Full Circle," a 2014 calendar that offers a remarkable year-long visual treat.

UK's Nobrow Press joins Dahlov....

Nobrow LTD/ Flying Eye Books, a leading proponent of quality in book design and a standard bearer for original creative content has committed to four of Dahlov's childrens books.


I Like Animals
April 2014

 

 

 



The Wonderful Egg
fall 2014

 

 

 

 

Black and White & Wild and Tame Animals 2015


2012 November Book Release


Maine Alphabet

Written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar

Islandport Press
$10.95, Board Book
ISBN: 978-1-934031-87-2

This book is near and dear to Ipcar's heart, serving as a kind of love letter to her home state where she has lived and worked for almost 75 years. Her affection for Maine rings true in each letter, from "A is for animals, wild and free," to W, "for woodlands of wonder for you and for me." In the last illustration, which the 94-year-old artist did especially for this edition, she invites young readers to "Walk in my woods and you will see / X, Y and Z high in a tree." The new art depicts squirrels, chipmunks, deer and birds in and amongst trees whose branches deftly hide the letters X, Y and Z..


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.

More Dahlov's books...

 

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
(Rowman & Littlefield)
released June 2010
10 X12; 124 color plates; $50

Available at the Georgetown, Maine Historical Society
email:
info@georgetownhistoricalsociety.org


TWO SUMMERS AGO...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 


WOOLWICH SCHOOL MURAL

condensed from article by Kitty Wheeler, Coastal Journal contributor

WOOLWICH - The Gathering, a large mural attached to the entry hall in the new Woolwich Central School, is the latest accomplishment of painter John Gable. He has completed 20 murals for East Coast restaurants in the past 17 years, but this school mural represents his first chance to benefit from the One Percent For Art public funding program, in which one percent of the cost of a large public project is set aside for art to adorn that project. Gable's mural depicts 10 Maine artists who illustrated storybooks for children in the 20th century... Gable, a well-known national artist who lives in Woolwich, is delighted with the finished product...

The following artists and their book themes are incorporated into the mural: Dahlov Ipcar and Lobsterman; E.B. White and Charlotte's Web; Barbara Cooney and Miss Rumphius; Margaret Wise Brown and The Runaway Bunny; Chris Van Dusen and A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee; Robert McCloskey and Time of Wonder; Melissa Sweet and Love & Kisses; N.C. Wyeth and Treasure Island, The Deer Slayer, Robin Hood, and The Boys of King Arthur; Kevin Hawkes and Weslandia; and Ashley Bryan and What a Wonderful World.

Read the entire article by Kitty Wheeler

PAST EXHIBIT...

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

(New)
Frost Gully Gallery - Thomaston, Maine
150 Main Street
Pnone: 207-865-4505

e-mail: frostg@comcast.net
See Dahlov's work at: www.frostgullygallery.com







 

 

 

 

 

 

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
e-mail: frostg@suscom-maine.net
See Dahlov's work at: www.frostgullygallery.com


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
print)

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

Black & White - oil on canvas 2007

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

AWARDS...

Dahlov Receives DFA


 

Maine College of Art Gala Honors:
May 9th, 2013 - Dahlov was among the recipients who received the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

 

Georgetown's Citizen of the Year 2013...

 

Dahlov Ipcar received the Citizen of the Year Award at the Georgetown Community Center in Maine, March 17, 2013


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.

2011 - Dahlov Wins Moonbeam Award...

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.

NEIBA Award...

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


NOTEWORTHY...

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.

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 Trilogy by Robert Ipcar. Here you'll find memorable woman characters who are forced to hit the ground running when unforeseen events overtake them - a far distant world orbiting a collasped black hole, bathed in time as well as light. See www.childrenoforion.com for descriptions of each novel as well as character excerpts...

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 95) 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. "

Spring 2013 update
We have word that the mural was moved to the new post office and additional restoration work was done.

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

 

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 since weaned her onto an iMac. The next big step is e-mail... Until then, send your comments and queries to:

Bob Ipcar
e-mail: bipcar@gmail.com
I'll be happy pass them on to my mom.

Dahlov at 95, by Steve Cartwright