William Adair, a master gilder, frame conservator and frame historian, will give a lecture sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Saturday, Aug. 20 at Pascal Hall, 86 Pascal Ave., from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The lecture is titled Framing Right or Wrong. Adair will bring a painting and three frames he has fabricated and will invite attendees to vote for the frame they feel is most appropriate for the painting. After the selection is made, Adair will use the painting and frame choice as an example of how to frame art properly.

The lecture was developed specifically with Maine in mind. While discussing the history of American frames, Adair will reference frames he has seen in Maine and frames used by Maine artists. Adair is an entertaining storyteller, and he will include stories of historically significant frames he has conserved and examined throughout his more than 30-year career. A question-and-answer period will follow the lecture. Admission is $5, free for CMCA members.

Adair has curated several frame exhibitions, and he writes and lectures widely on frame history and conservation. He began his career in frame conservation at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. In 1982, Adair founded Gold Leaf Studios, an internationally recognized authority on gilding, conservation and framing in Washington, D.C. Adair is the founding director of the International Institute for Frame Study, a founding member of the Society of Gilders and an associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. This fall, Montgomery College in Maryland will show a retrospective of Adair’s paintings. He is represented by Govinda Gallery of Washington, D.C.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.

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