Lovers of both French and American art will want front-row seats for Cezanne and American Artists, the opening event in Quarry Hill’s summer/fall Adventures in Living Well Series for adults age 55-plus, Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Quarry Hill.

In a richly illustrated presentation, well-known art historian and writer Stephen May will show how the great 19th-century French artist Paul Cezanne influenced American modernists such as Marsden Hartley, Leon Kroll and Maurice Prendergast, all of whom painted in Maine.

May divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Midcoast Maine. An independent historian, writer and lecturer on art and culture, he writes for national and regional magazines and newspapers and gives lectures around the country.

Following Cezanne and American Artists, the Adventures series will continue with Creating Memorable Picnics presented by events planner Susan Pierce on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Quarry Hill; Discover the Proposed Maine Woods National Park with wildlife conservationists Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Camden Public Library (cosponsored by the library); Love the Skin You’re In featuring Beauty Mark Spa owner and esthetician Jennifer Ross-Boshes on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Quarry Hill; and Growing Peace: Building Bridges of Communication presented by Peggy Smith, certified NVC trainer and founder and principal trainer with Open Communication, on Wednesday, Dec. 7 (snow date: Dec. 16) from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Quarry Hill.

Admission to the August program and all Adventures in Living Well events is free, but registration is required. To sign up for Cezanne or any event in the summer/fall series, call Quarry Hill at 230-6114.

Quarry Hill is a member of the not-for-profit Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, which includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice and the Knox Center for Long Term Care. For more information, please visit For more information about Quarry Hill or its Adventures in Living Well series, call 230-6116, visit or look for Quarry Hill Camden Maine on Facebook.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to