NORWAY — Scott Vlaun, photographer and community organizer, will give a presentation on sculptor Bernard Langlais from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. The talk and reception are free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Vlaun’s talk, titled “Meeting Bernard,” will focus on Langlais’ career, the influence Langlais had upon his own life, and his recent role in restoring Langlais’ original concrete and stone base for the sculpture “Mrs. Noah,” at the Shepard’s Farm Preserve on Crockett Ridge Road.

Vlaun gave this talk as the kickoff lecture for this summer’s Norway Arts Festival.

This First Friday lecture will be held in the Center for Ecology-Based Economy Gallery, 447 Main St. Vlaun will be joined by Lee Dassler, who will talk about the Western Foothills Land Trust’s role in bringing the Langlais work to Norway.

The spirit and scale of Langlais art changed dramatically when he and his wife, Helen, left New York to settle in Maine in the 1960s. The wildness of the landscape released a whole new form of artistic expression.

Now that over 2,700 works of Langlais’ art are on permanent exhibition throughout Maine via the Langlais Art Trail, Mainers can be inspired by Langlais’ playful, expressive and prolific legacy. Fifteen works by Langlais are owned by the Western Foothills Land Trust and are installed at two preserves in Norway.

 “Mrs. Noah” is one of six pieces installed at Shepard’s Farm Preserve, a 20-acre high ridge donated to the Western Foothills Land Trust by the Detert family in 2010. “Owl,” “Cat,” “Birds,” “Bird Houses” and “Bird in Flight” also appear to guard the landscape that is open to the public for recreation.

In addition, “Painted Horse” and “Painted Cow” are installed at Roberts Farm in Norway. Several smaller wall reliefs, which usually grace the walls of the warming hut at Roberts Farm, will be on display for this First Friday event.


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