On Wednesday, July 29, the Northeast Harbor Library and the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Farnsworth Registrar Angela Waldron entitled "Women in American Book Cover Design." The program, in conjunction with the ongoing Farnsworth "Transforming the Ordinary" exhibition, will take place on Zoom as on online webinar, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free to the public.

The presentation "Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design" examines the heyday of book cover design from the 1890s through the 1930s, a time of great artistic experimentation influenced by the aesthetics of Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement. During this period, women created thousands of book cover designs for the mass market, from simple one-color stamped designs to more elaborate multi-color designs, some which were stunningly beautiful works of art in and of themselves.

Organized by registrar Angela Waldron and drawn primarily from the Farnsworth Library’s collection, the decorative covers featured in the exhibition are by some of the best known and most prolific cover designers of the period, such as Margaret Armstrong, Amy Sacker, Bertha Stuart, Sarah Wyman Whitman, and a group known as The Decorative Designers.

The exhibition "Transforming the Ordinary: Women in American Book Cover Design" is on display at the Farnsworth Art Museum through March 21, 2021. The exhibition is part of the Farnsworth’s Maine 200 bicentennial celebration "First to Hail the Rising Sun." Funding for "First to Hail the Rising Sun: Maine Through the Eyes of its Artists" is provided by Camden National Bank, the Premier Sponsor of the museum's bicentennial programs; and by donors to the Farnsworth’s exhibition development and education fund.

For more information or to register for the Zoom webinar, please visit farnsworthmuseum.org/event/neharbor-lecture.