‘Art of the Garden’ lecture, instruction



BAR HARBOR — Art and the garden will be the subject of a pair of events in early July at the Beatrix Farrand Society’s Garland Farm. Both events recognize that artists have been inspired by gardens for centuries.

The lecture “The Art of the Garden,” scheduled for Monday, July 6, from 1-3 p.m., features Judy Taylor, a noted artist and teacher who regularly conducts classes in Maine, France and Italy. She will explore this topic and share paintings that were executed in or inspired by gardens. The presentation will feature the renaissance garden, the baroque garden and the botanic garden as interpreted by artists. Taylor will set up visual and virtual easels in gardens in France, Italy, Canada and other places around the world to share the blended experience of the artist and the gardener.

Taylor’s work is in many public and private collections including those at Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Park System, Friends of Acadia, The Jackson Laboratory, Colorado Mesa University, Long Island University and the Maine State Museum.

Building on Taylor’s lecture, the society offers the instructional art class “Sargent in the Garden: Interpreting a Masterpiece” on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This two-day art workshop, conducted by Taylor for a maximum of 10 students, will go back in history to study a painting by John Singer Sargent, “In the Garden, Corfu,” with costumed models in the garden.

The first day’s instruction, at Garland Farm, will consist of drawing from the Sargent painting, looking at composition and technique. This tutorial is geared toward the beginner or professional. There will be a break for lunch, which is included. The following day, the class will take place in an estate garden in Northeast Harbor where costumed models will replicate the original Sargent painting so participants can draw from life. A picnic and critique will take place at the end of the session.

This art class coincides with the opening of the “Sargent and His Friends” exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The lecture and two-day instructional class cost $350, including two lunches. The lecture by itself costs $10 for society members, $20 for nonmembers. Visit www.beatrixfarrandsociety.org. Pre-registration is required with payment in full. To register, call 288-0237 or email [email protected]

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