Friends of the Waldoboro Public Library will conclude their 2011 programs Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. with an illustrated talk by special guest speaker Loretta Krupinski, artist and author of South Thomaston. This free program is open to the public and will be held at the library, 958 Main St./Route 220.

Krupinski will present a slide/talk on her current book, “Looking Astern; An Artist’s View of Maine Historic Waterfronts.” This coffee table book, published by Down East, contains 40 of her paintings and 21 historical photos. Krupinski is a nationally recognized maritime artist whose detailed renderings in oil portray the coastal waterfront towns as they were 70 to 150 years ago. Her slide show will track black and white historical photos as they come to life through the brush and color of her paintings.

Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Krupinski moved to the southeast coast of Connecticut where, with a BFA degree from Syracuse University, she worked for many years as an illustrator and graphic designer. After moving to Maine, Krupinski chose a dual career path as a maritime artist and author and illustrator of 27 children’s books; she has won numerous awards for both. An avid sailor, Krupinski believes in the preservation of images of maritime waterfront for the future. Her art work has been widely displayed along the Midcoast and in Portland and, as of last May, in the State House in Augusta.

Copies of Krupinski’s book will be available for purchase, cash or checks only. For more information, call the library at 832-4484 or visit waldoborolibrary.org.

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