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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A lovely article about Dahlov by Deniel Kanay in the Portland Press Herald Sunday Telegram
Now Through October exhibition
This exhibition presents a wide array of paintings, drawings, prints,
and sculptures by one of Maine’s best-known artists, Dahlov Ipcar
(1917-2017). Drawn mainly from private collections, the works represent
periods spanning nearly the artist’s entire career.
“Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries,” the Bates College Museum
of Art presents a wide array of artworks — many of them being exhibited
publicly for the first time — by one of Maine’s best-known
Organized by the Bates museum, “Blue Moons & Menageries” opens with
a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 8, and a gallery
talk at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, by Rachel Walls, an authority on
Ipcar and the proprietor of Rachel Walls Fine Art in Cape Elizabeth.
Located in the Olin Arts Center at Bates College, 75 Russell St., the
museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Exhibitions
and programming are open to the public at no cost. For more
information, please contact 207-786-6158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Arts
Center, Bates College
Many of the works in Blue Moons & Menageries are exhibited publicly
for the first time. Ipcar, the daughter of prominent modernist artists,
Marguerite and William Zorach, reached a wide audience through the many
children’s books she wrote and illustrated, and many of these images
are also included. She also maintained a steady studio practice,
producing paintings, sculptures, and prints that have been widely
collected in public and private collections. In 1939, Ipcar was the
first woman–and, at the age of 21, the youngest artist to date–to be
featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
An illustrated catalogue, with essay by Sara Torres, Education Researcher, MoMA, will support the exhibition.
Artist's son, Charlie Ipcar
The Persistance Of Vision
An Exhibition of Early and Late Work by Artists with Macular Degeneration
The DAAP Galleries: Philip M. Meyers, Jr. Memorial Gallery
University of Cincinnati
June 8–July 29, 2018
Dahlov struggled with macular Degeneration for the last several
years of her life. This exhibit examines how artists cope with vision
School Class Inspired By Dahlov
learned about your mother’s artwork while visiting Maine last summer. I
loved everything about it, especially the patterns. This year I
introduced her artwork to my elementary art students. I wanted to share
some of their work with you so you could see how her art captured their
is a link to an album from this project, please feel free to post these
artworks on your website’s kid’s page. These artworks are from students
in grades 1-3 in Carlsbad Municipal Schools in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Thank you so much for keeping up the website and Facebook page. I have
loved learning about Dahlov Ipcar’s career and seeing her lovely
It's with great sadness that we announce Dahlov's passing, February 10th, 2017
She spent the morning at her easel; fielded a few calls with her son
Bob pertaining to a sit down interview for a publication; worked with
her son Charlie on any number of projects related to upcoming exhibits.
In the late afternoon she bid good day to her home health aide but
early in the evening she was gone.
age 99 she worked right up to the end, doing what she loved. We
should all be so lucky - but it hurts just the same. May she
forever be with the wondrous beasts of her imagination, that magical
realm that knows no beginning or end. She left us a remarkable world to
remember her by.
Some gracious tributes....
The Guardian of London - Dahlov Ipcar's Seven Decades in Children's Books and Paintings
The Lewiston Sun Journal - Dahlov Ipcar, A Legend In Her Own Time by Pat Davidson Reef
The Portland Press Herald - Beloved Maine Painter Dies at 99 by Bob Keyes
...please visit Dahlov Ipcar Facebook for ongoing remembrances and tributes.
A public celebration of Dahlov's life took place in lateAugust
The program included artwork images and photos
from her life, stories, and songs presented by her close friends and
October - December
The Portland Public Library - in the Lewis Gallery...
Dahlov Ipcar: Stories
October 6th - December 23rd
Ipcar’s books are appreciated and revered around the world, but perhaps
nowhere more than in Maine where she created, wrote, and illustrated
books for over 60 years. While her primary audience is children, her
work resonates just as deeply with the adults – parents, teachers,
caregivers, friends – who support young readers.
we mark Portland Public Library’s milestone 150th year,
we delighted to celebrate the life and illustration work of Dahlov
Ipcar during what would have been her 100th year. Her stories and
imaginative illustrations have made a significant contribution to the
world of children’s books and captured the imaginations of generations
of Maine readers.
Reception is Friday, October 6, 5-7pm with a special concert following from 7 to 9pm - Dahlov Ipcar's favoriate songs and ballads as reflected in her artwork.
Portland Public Library presents Pat Davidson Reef on Dahlov Ipcar
Monday, November 6th at noon in the Lewis Gallery
Gallery talk and book signing
“A child raised without art is as surely deprived as a child raised without love.”
Pat Davidson Reef for a gallery talk about the life and work of Dahlov
Ipcar on Monday, November 6th at noon in the Lewis Gallery. The talk is
being held in conjunction with the Dahlov Ipcar: Stories exhibit.
her book, Dahlov Ipcar: Artist Reef explores visually Ipcar’s growth as
an artist from selected childhood works to her adult masterpieces in
book, written as a juvenile biography for young people, includes
examples of murals in public buildings, illustrations in children’s
books, and wonderful cloth sculptures that Dahlov has created. It is
designed for both children and adults to enjoy.
Dahlov Ipcar's Century...
July - December 2017
Rachel Walls Fine Art - Dahlov's Gallery
10am-5pm, in Fort Williams Park,
Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Make a right at the lighthouse intersection and drive to the top of the hill.
Gallery is last brick building on righjt, just behind the playground.
This show features over 100 artworks by Dahlov Ipcar, many of which are
for sale. This inaugural exhibition will showcase Ipcar’s works in
collage, gouache, ink, needlepoint, oil, pencil, soft sculpture and
Here's a link to the website for more details:
Dahlov Ipcar: Creative Growth
Exhibit - Ogunquit Museum of Art
May 1st thru June 28th
A unique treasure trove consisting of childhood art from Dahlov's
Creative Growth Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (1939). Works from
age six to twenty one.
Lewiston Sun Journal by Patty Reef
A teacher’s dream exhibit is found in the exciting works currently showing at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art...
Portland Press Herald by Bob Keyes
at Ogunquit is a re-staging of Ipcar’s first solo exhibition in 1939 at
the Museum of Modern Art in New York, when Ipcar was 21.
Dahlov Ipcar, Artist by Pat Davidson Reef 2016
A Maine series for young readers...
Pat Davidson Reef has released a spectacular new edition of her 1987
book about Dahlov Ipcar with full color photos and a commentary by the
This book is a juvenile biography for young people about Maine artist
Dahlov Ipcar, who has a distinctive style. It explores visually her
growth as an artist from selected childhood works to her adult
masterpieces in museums. Also included in the book are examples of
murals in public buildings, illustrations in children's books, and
wonderful cloth sculptures that Dahlov has created. It is designed for
both children and adults to enjoy." Amazon
In southern Maine, Dahlov Ipcar, Artist
is sold at the Book Review shop in Falmouth, the Longfellow Books in
Portland, the Portland Museum of Art gift shop, the Nonesuch Book shop
in South Portland, and Shermans in Portland.
Dahlov's Books now at the MET
world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is known for its
collection of extraordinary and timeless art from all over the world,
and now that same classic sensibility can be found in their revamped
children’s book area! Selections from Islandport Press and
Dahlov's Bienneal Exhibit of New Paintings
November 16th - December 28th
Frost Gully Gallery
1159 Route One in Freeport, Maine.
mark your calendars. Dahlov Ipcar will be showing 18 of her new works
at Frost Gully Gallery from November 16 to December 28, 2015. .
"in celebration of Tom Crotty's memory"
"Tigers of Rewa" is one of her new works featured in the exhibition.
Review Portland Press Harold by Bob Keyes
"The artist, who turns 98 this week, is exploring new ways to express herself with recent vision loss."
Review Bangor Daily News by Kathleen Pierce
"Meat, cheese, cream, butter and art every day. That’s artist and author Dahlov Ipcar’s recipe for a long life."
Review Lewiston Sun Journal by Patty Reef
"Ipcar will share more than 40 recent oil paintings and seven rare drawings circa 1945, 1946, 1980 and 2015."
Dahlov on Maine Public Broadcast Network
We think Dahlov Ipcar is a Maine treasure, and we're thrilled that she
shared her musical memory with us in today's Music That Move ME audio
Dahlov on Creative Growth
15 min video directed and filmed by her son, Robert, autumn 2013
What was it like to grow up in a household where everyday life was lived as an art form?
Now In Bookstores and Online...
From Flying Eye Books
BLACK AND WHITE
by Dahlov Ipcar
Praise for the Dahlov Ipcar Collection:
glad to see publishers like this, restoring older books with such
passion and attention—taking gentle care, that is, of our rich picture
book heritage."—Kirkus Reviews
this unheralded civil rights allegory composed in the heat of the early
60s, two little dogs frolic and dream of adventures beyond their
wildest imaginations, from jungles of the Congo with towering ebony
elephants to the whitewashed, frigid arctic where the icy white polar
bears roam. Dahlov Ipcar once again pairs her timeless illustrations
with fresh original verse that celebrates the unity, wonder, and beauty
of the living, breathing natural world around us.
Ipcar is an American author, artist, and illustrator, whose career has
spanned five decades. She has written and illustrated over thirty
children's books, won the NEIBA President's Award and the Kerlan Award
for Children's Literature. A true master of color and organic form,
Ipcar's unique and timeless stories instantly captured the hearts of
children world over. Some fifty years later, her books are still in
print and continue to be cherished for the beauty of their artwork and
quality of their narratives. Flying Eye Books is delighted to introduce
a new generation of adoring young readers to Ipcar's classic stories
with the inimitable and stunning Dahlov Ipcar Collection.
Dahlov still paints on her farm in Maine where she penned many of her greatest works and has lived since 1937.
Flying Eye Books
Dahlov Interviewed by Publisher's Weekly
Dahlov Ipcar: A Maine Treasure by Judith Rosen,January 23, 2015
See Publisher's Weekly Article
Dahlov Pillows and Books and Calendars... oh my!
Classic Rug Collection
Barran, President of Classic Rug Collection, Inc is now offering The
Cat at Night Collection. She has a good stock of these pillows at $109.
Other Calico Collection pillows are offered at 25% off. She'll gift
wrap and ship! Please visit Classic Rug Collection Store
Dahlov Interviewed for the London Telegraph
Really nice piece by Nicolette Jones
Dahlov's 2015 Cats Calendar (Out 0f Print)
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
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
Dahlov "Full Circle" Calendar for 2014
Islandport Press announces a gorgeous new calendar featuring 15 "Circle Paintings" by Dahlov
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
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
Four 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
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
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...
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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 now in private collection
Dahlov (age 97) 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"
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.
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 at 95, by Steve Cartwright