Art and folklore will travel to Maine islands and coastal communities this month in “Art Afloat: Tales of Maritime Maine,” an exhibit of dioramas by artist Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau  sponsored by Penobscot Marine Museum. Art workshops, slide shows of local history and receptions with the artist also are scheduled as part of the tour, which will run Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 16 through 19.

Marpeau, from Brittany, France, is renowned for her meticulously detailed dioramas, also known as shadowboxes, illustrating stories from Maine’s coast and islands. With subject matter encompassing legends, folktales and historical events, Marpeau’s three-dimensional constructions variously express whimsy, mystery, tragedy, courage, isolation and celebration.

A dozen new dioramas created by Marpeau especially for the exhibit will be installed on the vessel Sunbeam V, operated by Maine Sea Coast Mission. Sunbeam V will travel to Northeast Harbor, Isle Au Haut, North Haven, Islesboro, Stonington, Swans Island and Great Cranberry Island, accompanied by Marpeau and staff from Searsport’s Penobscot Marine Museum.

In addition to opportunities for visitors to board the vessel and view the exhibit at each destination, some stops will include an onshore reception, a slideshow of historic local scenes from the museum’s vast photographic collections and a workshop for visitors to learn how to make their own dioramas. The show is supported by a joint grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission, and an exhibit catalog will be published by Dowling Walsh Gallery of Rockland.

Following the island excursions, the exhibit will be installed at the Dowling Walsh, where the pieces will be for sale. Taking inspiration from the exhibit, Penobscot Marine Museum will offer its popular diorama workshop Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland from 9 a.m. to noon.

Following is the schedule, which is subject to change; check or call 548-2529 for updates.

On Aug. 16, the exhibit will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sunbeam berth in Northeast Harbor, followed by a 5:30 p.m. reception and slide show at the Great Harbor Maritime Museum on Main Street.

On Aug. 17, the show moves to Isle au Haut for an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. dockside reception at the town landing. Then the vessel heads to North Haven, where the exhibit will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. and there will be tours of Sunbeam at anchor in the Thoroughfare (boats depart from town dock). At Waterman’s Community Center, there will be a diorama workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. (call 867-2100 to register); and a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. slide show.

On Aug. 18, there will be a dockside reception from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Islesboro public landing, by the ferry dock. From 3 to 6 p.m., the Sunbeam will be at Stonington for a dockside reception at Penobscot East Resource Center. There will be a diorama workshop at Penobscot East Resource Center from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (call 367-2708 to register), followed by a 5:30 p.m. reception at the center. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a slide show of historic photography from Penobscot Marine Museum and contemporary photography by Peter Ralston and Jeff Dworsky at the Stonington Opera House.

On Aug. 19, the day will begin on Swans Island with a 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. reception at quarry wharf in Minturn. The art show/tour will conclude at Great Cranberry Island, where there will be a dockside exhibit and reception at the public float from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2011, Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft, ship models and historic photography. Open seven days a week, Penobscot Marine Museum is at 40 E. Main St./Route 1 in Searsport.