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Art Workshop to Feature Author of “An Artist’s Handbook”

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Artist Margaret Krug, author of "An Artist's Handbook," at the Spannocchia Foundation studio in Italy. Photo by Pamelia Markwood.

SEAL HARBOR – Krug, the author of the internationally acclaimed An Artist’s Handbook and a former senior lecturer at the Whitney Museum of American Art, is coming to Mount Desert Island this week. She will teach a “Seeing and Drawing“ workshop from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday, July 17th at The Naturalist’s Notebook at 16 Main Street in Seal Harbor. Participants in the workshop will learn about and use a variety of drawing implements, papers and techniques as they create pieces that they will hand-bind into notebooks at the end of the day. The public is invited to a show of the notebooks and a wine-and-cheese reception at The Naturalist’s Notebook from 5 to 6:30.

Krug brings a broad range of influences to her creative endeavors. She grew up in the Midwest, earned her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has lived on both coasts. She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and runs painting and drawing programs at the Portland-based Spannocchia Foundation’s center in Italy.

Krug began work on “Faces and Flora” two years ago. “I have a long list of writers and their specific works that inspire and influence me,” she says, citing Willa Cather, Flannery O’Connor, Harold Bloom and others. “In many cases flowers can be a metaphor for the ongoing presence of the gift of the writer’s work and conversely a symbol of the ephemerality of their life.”

Among the pairs of work in Krug’s show are a portrait of poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and a botanical drawing of jasmine, which is referenced in Pasolini’s poem Friulian Painting. Another pair is Dante Alighieri and a drawing of an iris, the symbol of Florence, his beloved city, from which the poet was exiled because of his political leanings.

Krug notes that her series is still evolving, as art so often does. At least one of her pairings may surprise viewers with its departure from the literary world. “There’s a wild card in the show,” Krug admits. “It’s Jimi Hendrix paired with a drawing of a purple hyacinth.”

For more information on the workshop or the show, contact The Naturalist’s Notebook (801-2777; info@thenaturalistsnotebook.com), which is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Contact Name: Craig Neff

Telephone Number: (207)801-2777

Website: http://thenaturalistsnotebook.com

Email: info@thenaturalistsnotebook.com