The August meeting of the Cushing Historical Society will feature Jane Bianco, Assistant Curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Her presentation will take place Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cushing Historical Society Meeting House on Hathorn Point Road. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Bianco will talk about Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847), resident Congregational minister in Blue Hill and writer, linguist, inventor, architect, surveyor, farmer, pastor, naturalist, artist and traveler. Fisher made drawings of plants and animals; documented earthquakes, fires, droughts and storms; and marveled at cabinets of minerals in several New England colleges. He took up his pen to write about and to draw birds, fish, mammals and insects; and to develop his drawings as finely worked engravings in boxwood over a period of about 14 years. The completed work, “Scripture Animals,” a natural history of the living creatures named in the Bible, was published in 1834. Fisher’s book is at the center of an exhibition on view at the Farnsworth through early 2014, and the subject of accompanying catalog published by the Farnsworth this year.

Bianco has been conducting research and writing on Fisher since 2008. She has organized drawing, print, textile and architectural exhibitions for the Farnsworth; published in Modernism, The Magazine Antiques and Maine Antique Digest; and was a contributing author to “Sublime Spaces & Visionary Worlds: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists.” She draws and paints; research interests include the integration of art and science, particularly as it is manifested in book illustration. She earned a BFA in Design from Boston University and an MA in Art History with a concentration in material culture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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