Quarry Hill will kick off Women After 50, a new series of educational programs aimed at building a sense of community among women age 50 and better, with a special half-day gathering Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Anderson Inn, 30 Community Drive. The topic of the inaugural program will be Finding Ourselves in the Ever-changing Female Image. The event will be facilitated by Midcoast art historian Lucie Bauer.

In an interactive presentation blending photographs with personal sharing and dialogue, Bauer will show how artists, from ancient times to the present day, have represented womanhood and reveal how these images have reflected changing perceptions of what it means to be a woman. Throughout the morning, participants will discuss how imagery continues to shape their own and other women’s lives in ways both conscious and subliminal.

Bauer has been a professor of art history at Dartmouth College and the University of Maine system, as well as Coastal Senior College, the college program at Maine Media Workshops and Maine State Prison. In recent years, she also has co-facilitated several courses on the divine feminine.

Future events in the Women After 50 series will center on a variety of themes; all will be free of charge and open to women 50-plus. Participants will be encouraged to continue gathering on their own, in their homes or other settings, to further the dialogue and connections that each program inspires.

Registration is required for all events at Quarry Hill. To sign up for the Oct. 27 program, call 921-6116 or email qhinfo@penbayhealthcare.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.