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...
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Dahlov turns 97 on November 12th :)
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Originally designed by Isabel Turk, an avid Dahlov fan, the Ipcar family now has administrative privleges.
We invite you all to join...
Dahlov Book Signings...
Book Signings will feature releases by:
Islandport Press: Ipcar Cat Calendar & Farmyard Numbers
Flying Eye Books: Wonderful Egg & I Like Animals
Down East (Roman & Littlefield): Deep Sea Farm
Mid Coast Hospital
Cook's Corner near Brunswick, ME
Thursday, November 20th; 10 - Noon
Georgetown Historical Society
20 Bay Point Rd, Georgetown, ME
Saturday, November 22nd; 10 - Noon
We'll do updates as we get closer to these dates.
Deep Sea Farm...
Just re-released by Down East Publishing (Roman & Littlefield)
Available from the publisher
At the bottom of the sea lives a merman farmer who tends his watery farm with the help of two sea horses. When fishermen appear and threaten all the sea creatures with traps and nets, the farmer realizes that he must take action. A lively tale written and illustrated by Dahlov back in 1961.
The Wonderful Egg...
Written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
Just re-released by Flying Eye
First printed in 1958, Dahlov introduces us to a long ago mystery set in a prehistoric world, teeming with creatures that soar, swim and thunder through the green jungle. One wonderful egg sits all alone in a blue-green mossy nest at the base of a giant fern tree. But whose egg is it? And where did it come from? Will you and your young reader be able to guess?
Available at Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore.
Dahlov Interviewed for the London Telegraph
Really nice piece by Nicolette Jones
Dahlov Interviewed by Brave The Woods,a design & illustration studio based in Austin, Texas. See their weekly blog at:http://bravethewoods.com/our-interview-with-dahlov-ipcar/
Dahlov Pillows and Books and Calendars... oh my!
Classic Rug Collection
Barbara Barran, President of Classic Rug Collection, Inc. has just released her new "Cat At Night" Pillow Collection featuring illustrations from Dahlov's book Cat At Night. Ordering information is available at ShopClassicRug.com
Released 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 - Powells
Dahlov's 2015 Cats Calendar
Dahlov Ipcar’s cats leap unbound from the page and onto the wall with this new calendar featuring 12 separate months of stunning images. Just released by Islandport Press for 2015.
Dahlov 2014 Painting...
Dahlov has just completed an oil on canvas entitled "Riders & Beagles", an homage to a work in fabric designed and executed by her mother, Marguerite Zorach.
The original panel is from a bedspread that was commissioned in the 1920s by either the L'Engle family or the Lathrop Browns. The bedspread was eventually donated to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. The magazine article which featured the complete bedspread had this to say:
“Original bedspread titled 'On Sea and Land', by Marguerite Zorach, created in the mid 1920s, from International Studio magazine, "The Embroideries of Marguerite Zorach" by Marya Mannes, March, 1930, New York, pp. 29-33.”
See MFA link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/panel-from-bedcover-128180
Dahlov Exhibits - 2014
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 signed copies of her books are for sale during exhibits/shows of her work.
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery
Dahlov prints & illiustrations will be included in an August Exhibit
Charlie Ipcar Pens a Sea-Tale...
Three Kitties Set Out To Sea
Adventerious kitties set out to sea aboard their sixteenth centuary ship, the Bold Catspaw. As they sail the Seven Seas, they happily dine on flying fish and sea rats. There's even an encounter with a pirate ship crewed by scurvy seadogs; you know who wins out. There's even a tropical isle of feline delights! A fanciful tale composed as a song with full musical notation provided. Written and illustrated by Charlie Ipcar
$25 includes shipping from charlieipcar.com
Back in November 2013
Dahlov's Bienniel Exhibit - Over 20 Recent Paintings
-exhibit is over but some of these paintings remain at Frost Gully Gallery
Nov 17th - Dec 30th 2013
Opening reception was Sunday Nov17
Frost Gully Gallery
1159 Route 1
Knight at Arms
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. -
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
A partial listing of Dahlov's exhibits within the past decade
MISC PIX GALLERY...
Kaylee enjoying the paintings of Dahlov Ipcar - pix by Tami Bill.
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 Summer 2014
Black and White & Wild and Tame Animals 2015
More Dahlov Children's Books 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
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
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.
oil, 4ft x 6ft 1996
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...
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 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 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.
Office Mural Restoration
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!
Dahlov own a computer?
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:
be happy pass them on to my mom.
Dahlov at 95, by Steve Cartwright