History of picture frame design at Farnsworth

Aug 02, 2019

ROCKLAND — On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., hosts a talk about the history of American picture frame design. The presentation by artist Johanna Moore will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium from 2 to 3 p.m.

In America’s early days as a nation, picture frames were imported from Europe before artisans immigrated to this country to practice their craft. Moore will show how frame designs transformed through time, how they are constructed from the wood base to the gilded or painted finishes, and how artists chose frame designs to complete their paintings. A particular emphasis will be put on Maine frame makers and history.

The ingenuity of artists and their frames will be explored from early America to modern times. Focus will include artist and sign painter William Matthew Prior, artists Dorothy Emmons, Marguerite Zorach, James Fitzgerald, Vivian Akers, and many more. This presentation will show the interrelationship of artists and their frame makers and will serve to broaden an understanding of frame making for artists, collectors, and enthusiasts alike.

Moore is an artist, gilder, frame maker and conservator with more than 30 years in practice in Maine and works with artists, collectors and museums in researching, designing and crafting historic frames for paintings. Her work is on view in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s exhibition "The Screen Show," which runs through Sept. 22, 2019.

The fee for this program is $15 and $10 for Farnsworth members, which includes gallery admission. For more information or to register, please visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

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