February 28, 2021

Marine museum plans lecture on 19th-century woman artist

SEARSPORT — The Penobscot Marine Museum will present a lecture, “Dolly Smith: Searsport Woman Artist of the 19th Century,” by Diane Vatne of Old Town at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, in the Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Gallery on the museum grounds.

Dolly Smith was born Aug. 20, 1824, in Searsport, where she lived until her death on Aug. 1, 1891. Her ancestry can be traced on both sides to the earliest settlers of the Searsport area. In an age when men had opportunities and encouragement to pursue artistic endeavors, Smith challenged tradition and social norms by earning considerable praise as an artist.

In addition to her Searsport home, Dolly Smith kept studios in Boston and New York and exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1867 and in the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876.

Diane Vatne served as executive director of the Bangor Historical Society and Museum from 1987 to 1992. She has taught courses for the University of Maine’s Conferences and Institutes Division and recently worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Colby College.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture by the Friends of PMM. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $3, $1.50 for museum members.

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