Painter and author will discuss collaborative look at Maine’s wild places

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PORTLAND — Celebrated landscape painter Marguerite Robichaux and Maine author Elizabeth Peavey will celebrate the Maine launch of their book collaboration Friday, March 16, at the Portland Museum of Art.

Since they met and became friends in 1996, Robichaux and Peavey have roamed the back roads of Maine together, documenting their adventures through Robichaux’s oils, watercolors and lively spot details, and Peavey’s witty and vivid writing.

They will discuss their collaboration, “Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship,” at the first of a free series of Parlor Talks showcasing new books by Maine artists and authors.

Robichaux and Peavey share not only a passion for the state but a sense of obligation to chronicle and preserve some of its wild places before they disappear. The book, they say, is also a document of conservation.

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Long recognized as a preeminent landscape painter, Robichaux, who lives and works in the woods of Maine,  has exhibited extensively in New England and her native Louisiana. She has been represented by Pucker Gallery in Boston since 2002. Her work is included in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, University of Maine Museum of Art and many private and corporate collections. She serves on the board of the Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program, where she was a Fellow in 1990.

 Peavey is a Portland-based freelance writer and teacher. Her one-woman show, “My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother,” is currently touring the state. She penned “Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly” and “Maine & Me,” which was awarded the Maine Literary Award for Best Maine-themed Book. Her writing has been featured in Down East magazine since 1993. She teaches public speaking at the University of Southern Maine and has also taught creative nonfiction at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The March 16 event will run from 5 to 8 p.m., beginning with a one-hour reception followed by the talk and book signing. “Glorious Slow Going” is available in the museum store for $50.

Other Parlor Talks will be held on Friday, April 13 and May 11. For more information, visit www.portlandmuseum.org.

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