FREEPORT — Renowned Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar will celebrate the rerelease of her classic illustrated children’s book, “Hardscrabble Harvest,” with a signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the new L.L. Bean home store.

The signing will be part of the store’s grand-opening celebration.

“Hardscrabble,” a tribute to small, local farmers, will mark the fourth children’s book by Ipcar in the last 18 months to be rescued from out-of-print status by independent Maine-based publisher Islandport Press. It follows “The Little Fisherman,” which was written by Margaret Wise Brown, “My Wonderful Christmas Tree” and “The Cat at Night.”

After illustrating “The Little Fisherman” in 1945, Ipcar, now 91, wrote and illustrated more than 30 children’s books and continued to develop her reputation as an artist. Today, Ipcar’s intricate and fanciful artwork is known worldwide, with pieces in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is represented in all the leading art museums of Maine, as well as in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

Four other book signings with Ipcar are also scheduled. They are as follows:

Sept. 26: 10 a.m. to noon, Georgetown Historical Society, 20 Bay Point Road, Georgetown.

Oct. 17: noon to 2 p.m, Borders Books & Music, 430 Gorham Road, South Portland.

Nov. 6: 10 a.m. to noon, Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick.

Dec. 5: 1 to 3 p.m. Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, 170 Front St., Bath.

For more information, visit, call 846-3344; or e-mail [email protected]

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