Cushing artist Alan Magee will speak Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220. He will discuss the influence of literature on his work — beginning with his book cover illustrations of the 1970s and continuing through the paintings, monotypes and short films he makes today.

Following a slide presentation, Magee will show two recent, 4-minute films based on his original songs: “Gun Shop,” a satire commenting on gun violence and gun culture in the United States; and “Party Line,” which addresses the societal effects of corporate and governmental mass surveillance. “Party Line” has been an official selection at 10 film festivals in the U.S. and the United Kingdom; and will be screened Aug. 1 at the Woods Hole Film Festival on Cape Cod.

After his presentation, Magee will welcome questions and conversation from the audience. The evening is free and open to the public.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or