AUBURN — David Little will discuss his book, “The Art of Katahdin” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Auburn Public Library.

Katahdin has been called Maine’s greatest treasure, and for more than 150 years the mountain has been a magnet for artists.

Including more than 200 images of the Katahdin region, many never before published, “The Art of Katahdin” is the first book to celebrate this overlooked aspect of the mountain’s history.

Covering the earliest surveyors of the region, book illustrations, work from 19th- and 20-thcentury painters, and contemporary artists, the volume weaves a tapestry of the area’s artistic tradition.

Since first climbing Katahdin in 1978, Little has explored Maine’s highest mountain as both a wilderness enthusiast and an artist.

He took part in the Trust for Public Land’s successful campaign to preserve Katahdin Lake; curated the exhibition “Taking Different Trails: The Artist’s Journey to Katahdin Lake” at Bates College in 2007; and has been an active member of the Friends of Baxter State Park.

Little attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has had residencies at the Carina House on Monhegan Island and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His work has been shown at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Thos. Moser, Farnsworth Art Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. He lives with his wife Mikki in Portland.

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