Special Gallery Tour: Her Room with Amy Morey

During the months of July and August, the Farnsworth will be offering Special Gallery Tours every Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. Join museum curators, educators and specialists for a more focused look at some of the museum’s key summer exhibitions.
All are free with admission and do not require advance reservations. To attend, please see the main admissions desk (at 16 Museum Street) on the day of the tour.
Artist Jonathan Fisher was inspired by a number of artists/naturalists who came before him. Lecturer Kay Etheridge studies the evolution of plant and animal images and their critical role in our understanding of the natural world. She will give a brief overview of the history of nature images from the Renaissance forward, and will then focus on some of Fisher's influential predecessors working in the Americas. These will include the remarkable 17th century artist/naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian and her near contemporary, Mark Catesby, who has been termed an "early Audubon." 
The house built in 1849 by William and Mary Farnsworth and preserved by their daughter Lucy has survived with an exceptionally complete collection of original furnishings from the mid-nineteenth century. In choosing furniture for their home, the Farnsworths were aware of current fashions and eager to follow them, but they clearly also were cost-conscious in making their purchases. This lecture will survey the different styles and forms of furniture that have remained in the house and discuss how they related to contemporary advice literature as well as other American homes of the period.
During the three decades before the Civil War, Greek Revival was the predominant architectural style for Maine houses and buildings. When Rockland businessman William A. Farnsworth built his home on Elm Street in Rockland in 1850, its pleasing symmetry and classical lines were hallmarks of the Greek Revival. This lecture focuses on houses built in the state between 1830 and 1860 by Mr. Farnsworth and his contemporaries in Portland, Bangor, and the mid-coastal communities of Thomaston, Rockland, Rockport, Camden and Belfast. Examples will range from the work of major architects of the period to that of local carpenters using the pattern books of the day.
This lecture will take a step back and look more broadly at the value of historic sites, such as the Farnsworth Homestead, in our communities. House museums and community-based historical organizations offer inspirational experiences, are extraordinary teaching tools, do the work of historic preservation and provide an antidote to the homogenization that decimates sense of place and civic attachment. This program will explore the vitality of grassroots public history with inspiring case studies from across the nation.
This lecture will take a closer look at Lucy Copeland Farnsworth--the museum’s founder who grew up and lived most of her life in the Homestead. Since the time the Farnsworth Art Museum opened in 1948, a legend has grown up around her, a myth that has described her as “mysterious” and as a “stingy eccentric,” among other things. How did this myth evolve? Who was responsible for it? And, more importantly, is it accurate in describing a woman who devoted her family’s fortunes to creating a museum and library as well as opening her home as a historic site in her adopted home of Rockland. 
Lecturer Michael K. Komanecky is the Farnsworth’s

Chief Curator and directed the restoration of the Farnsworth Homestead.

In this presentation, artist and professor Ken Krafchek will discuss a cultural exchange program he was invited to participate in at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. The program invited youth and adults to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings about the future through artistic means. Ken will share his photography and reflect on the printmaking workshops he conducted in Baku, Ganja, Khizi, Mingachevir, Sumgayit and other locales. Additionally, Ken will elaborate on the field of community arts and his work at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he serves as Graduate Director and Faculty, MFA in Community Arts.
In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, Every Picture Tells A Story: Illustrations by N.C. Wyeth from the Brandywine River Museum, Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael Komanecky will talk with Jamie Wyeth about his thoughts on his grandfather, as both an illustrator and painter, the challenge of doing book illustrations, which Jamie has also done, and the influence N.C. has had on his own work.
Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers