Dorothy Alling and Cathy Bradbury, co-chairwomen of Senior College’s eight annual Festival of Arts at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, have announced that Senior College’s special guest artist and speaker for Saturday, May 15, will be nationally renown Belfast artist and resident Linden Frederick.

Frederick is a Maine Arts Commission grant recipient and has participated in museum and gallery exhibitions across the country including at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Arnot Museum in Elmira, N.Y., the Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pa., and the Forum Gallery on 5th Avenue, New York City and in Los Angeles. He has had one-man shows in Santa Fe, New York, Los Angeles, Old Lyme, Conn. and others.

Frederick’s series of American Studies, comprising almost 50 paintings, were drawn from his experience as he traveled by bicycle, (as a semi-professional bicyclist, he recently pedaled across the country), train and bus across America. This series was shown at The Forum Gallery in New York. These paintings depict the mood of the nation and individual the locations of each painting could easily be anywhere. Although never showing a human figure within his paintings, there is always the suggestion of life within each painting.

Frederick studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, as well as in Florence, Italy, and at Houghton College in New York. He is a realist painter with a moral imperative to seeing the thing one might miss. His paintings are powerful, unforgettable and pleasurable.

The eighth annual Festival of Arts is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, May 13 through 16. Last year, 135 artists from across Maine exhibited at the festival. Visitors and artists numbered more than 900 and came from 78 towns and cities in Maine and from 13 states. This year, with the new addition to the Hutchinson Center, the festival can accommodate twice as many artists.

The non-juried exhibition is open to artists, amateur or professional, age 50 and older. Deadline to enter the festival is April 15. For an entry form, contact Rainy Brooks at 548-2502 or by e-mail to rainysart@gwi.net.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.