Long before digital cameras and travel blogs, images of Maine circled the globe courtesy of the artist’s brush. Quarry Hill Retirement Community invites adults age 55 and older to learn more about The Art of Maine — and the artists whose masterworks made it a genre of its own — in an illustrated lecture Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, Community Drive.

Led by nationally known art historian, writer and lecturer Stephen May, the presentation will delve into the lives and works of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John James Audubon, three generations of Wyeths and others who set Maine’s bold landscape and intriguing characters to canvas. Among the works explored will be several inspired by the beauty of Midcoast Maine.

May retired from a career in law to lecture nationally on topics related to art, culture and historic preservation. His writings have appeared in periodicals such as Smithsonian Magazine, American Artist, American Arts Quarterly, American Heritage, American History, Art New England, ARTnews and Down East; and in newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times and Washington Post. The Rochester, N.Y., native is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Georgetown Law School. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Union, where his family has had a summer home for more than 80 years.

The Art of Maine is part of Quarry Hill’s Adventures in Living Well, a year-round series of educational programs designed to enhance the lives of older adults. Admission is free and includes light refreshments. Reservations are required; to register, call Quarry Hill at 230-6114.

The summer/fall 2010 Adventures lineup will continue with Diabetes: How to Manage It, How to Avoid It with Eileen Molloy of Pen Bay Healthcare’s Diabetes & Nutrition Care Center Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library; The Art and Science of Sleep presented by Cindy Roth, lead sleep technician for Pen Bay Healthcare’s Center for Sleep Medicine, Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Quarry Hill; and The Gift of You: Discovering Your Legacy with author and motivational speaker Lee Ann Szelog Friday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Quarry Hill (snow date is Dec. 15). For more information about Quarry Hill or its Adventures in Living Well series, call 230-6116 or visit quarryhill.org.

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