Siri Beckman and Nan Mulford will present work in a joint exhibit opening Thursday, Aug. 25, at Granite Gallery, 48 Main St./Route 131. An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano at the reception, to which the public is cordially invited.

Noted Maine printmaker Beckman and Mulford are celebrating 20 years of a happy professional and personal association. Beckman has exhibited her work through the years at Nan Mulford Gallery, first in Rockport, then in Rockland; and next with Mulford at Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland.

In the summer of 1996, Beckman read a copy of Mulford's mother Grace Dow's 1932 diary of a week spent at a remote northern Maine lake. She was inspired to recreate the diary as a hand-made letterpress book, “A Week at the Lake,” illustrated with original wood engravings. The book and its illustrations were first exhibited in 1998 at Nan Mulford Gallery and were an immediate sensation. In 2001, Down East Books published “A Week at the Lake” as a trade book.

The current exhibit serves as a salute to the enduring appeal of “A Week at the Lake,” both the book and its art, as well as a comprehensive survey of Beckman's art, from the 1980s to the present. On view are several of her large animal woodcuts — notably “Grizzly,” a spectacular grizzly bear — as well as a selection of handprinted lampshades.

Mulford will add to the show several of her recent paintings in acrylic. The joint exhibit runs through Wednesday, Aug. 31, open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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