Yvonne Jacquette, one of Maine’s most significant artists, will be featured in the Lecture Series at River Arts, 170 Main St./Business Route 1, Sunday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. She will speak about her work and her long career, and will take questions from the audience. All who attend are invited to a wine and cheese reception to meet the artist following the talk.

Jacquette lives and works in New York City and Searsmont. Coming into artistic maturity in the 1970s, Jacquette was married to the late great photographer Rudy Burckhardt and was/is a friend of Alex Katz, Fairfield Porter, Lois Dodd and Frank O’Hara, among many other well-known Maine artists. She has spent summers in Maine since the 1960s.

The first thing one notices about Jacquette’s paintings, pastels and woodcuts is their aerial viewpoint, sometimes from high in the sky and other times closer to the ground. She takes her views from skyscrapers or airplanes and helicopters, and her views from thousands of feet above the earth stretch the concept of landscape painting itself. While she is loyal to the details of the physical world, she also is a confident pioneer: As she herself has said, “I love provocative conjunctions.”

Maine, New York, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Hong Kong, New Orleans and Chicago are just a few of the rural or busy urban locales Jacquette has examined from an aerial perspective.  For nearly 40 years, she has found fresh ways to translate, for example, a hodgepodge of partially illuminated buildings along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive; or the random confusion of equipment, sheds and wood at Sprowl’s Lumberyard in Searsmont. Some of her most compelling portrayals have been of heavily contested nuclear power plants such as Maine Yankee in Wiscasset and Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pa., which look beautiful and sinister at the same time.

Jacquette has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has had solo exhibitions from Tokyo to New York. Her work has been collected by all the museums in Maine and more than 40 museums across the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is represented by the DC Moore Gallery in New York City.

More than 40 of Jacquette’s works can be seen in the exhibition “Aerials: Paintings Prints, Pastels” running through Sept. 25 at the Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport.

The River Arts Lecture Series offers a rare opportunity to listen to and meet this artist. To support River Arts, a donation of $ 10 is suggested. For more information about this and other activities and events, visit riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.

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