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"A shed is the shortest line between need and shelter," writes Howard Mansfield. Drawing on material from his recent book Dwelling in Possibility, Mansfield explores the different types of sheds found around New England and beyond: covered bridges, barns, worksheds, "worship sheds" (meeting houses), extended farmhouses, bob houses for ice fishing.

The art of distinguished realist painter and watercolorist, Allen Blagden.

When Eleanor Phillips Brackbill bought her suburban Westchester house in 2000, three mysteries came with it. First, from the former owner, came the information that the 1930s house was "a Sears house or something like that." Thrilled to think it might be a Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail-order house, Brackbill was determined to find evidence to prove it.

This interesting and historical book is the first and only one to present an illustrated tour of the state of Maine through more than 350 vintage picture postcards. Chapter topics include the harbors and lighthouses, ships and boats, bridges and buildings, camping and RVing, lakes and forests, as well as the railroads, churches, and wildlife of The Pine Tree State.

These extraordinary collections of photographs and narrative captions have wide appeal for anyone interested in Maine's past.

Nineteenth-century Maine—famed for its lumbering, shipbuilding, and seafaring—has attracted copious attention from historians, but early twentieth-century Maine has not. Maine on Glass redresses this imbalance with 190 postcard photos and three of Maine’s foremost historians.


MWPA Maine Literary Award Finalist John N. Cole Award for Maine-Themed Nonfiction

Woodblock prints by artist Blue Butterfield make for a welcome and uncommon entry in the coloring book market. The artist's hand-carved lines allow the colorer to bring more of his or her own artistic interpretation to the page, coloring inside or outside of the lines to create an original piece of art.

With a keen eye and laugh-out-loud wit, editorial cartoonist George Danby offers his unique perspective on the roller-coaster that has been modern life and politics for the last few decades here in Maine and beyond.

Joe Devenney has been photographing the Maine coast for thirty-seven years, and Ken Textor has been writing about it equally as long.

The rich context behind one of Andrew Wyeth’s most beloved and mysterious late paintings.

Just what is the quintessential Maine house? A traditional Cape nestled into a hillside meadow? A classic lake ront cottage? A restored Victorian in a quaint village? Architect Chris Glass and photographer Brian Vanden Brink make a compelling and visually fascinating argument that the answer can in fact be all of the above.

With a coastline that rivals California’s, Maine attracts millions of visitors each year who come to swim, fish, hike, or just enjoy the views. Many of the images present a near panoramic scope, placing the viewer in the middle of a wilderness splendor.

The timeless world of Maine's best-loved sporting artist, Tom Hennessey, comes effortlessly to life in his latest collection, Leave Some For Seed. With words and pen-and-ink illustration, Hennessey renders the charm, beauty, and attraction of the outdoorsman's life with utmost grace, while recounting tales from his own hunting and fishing adventures.

The service station. Cars with fins and chrome. It was the heyday of America's love affair with the automobile and the afterglow still lingers. Author and photojournalist David Hill has traveled the back roads, state routes, and hiked through the woods of his home state of Maine to find these automotive treasures and photograph them in their pristine state.

Andrew Wyeth: Christina's World By Andrew Wyeth (Artist), Laura Hoptman (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Andrew Wyeth (Artist), Laura Hoptman (Text by (Art/Photo Books))

In 1948 Andrew Wyeth produced what would become one of the most iconic paintings in American art: a desolate landscape featuring a woman lying in a field, that he called "Christina's World." The woman in the painting, Christina Olson, lived in Cushing, Maine, where Wyeth and his wife kept a summer house.

Seasons of Maine By William Hubbell (Photographer), Jean Hubbell (Notes by) Cover Image
By William Hubbell (Photographer), Jean Hubbell (Notes by)

Bill Hubbell writes in his preface that entering Maine is not like crossing into other states: A few miles after having passed the border, a subtle awareness sneaks in. The woods seem deeper, the sky higher, the air fresher, the spaces wider, the distances longer. Maine is an expansive place--for the spirit, for the body, for the soul.

“Big house, little house, back house, barn”—this rhythmic cadence was sung by nineteenth-century children as they played. It also portrays the four essential components of the farms where many of them lived.

William Irvine believes that every artist is born with a small set of poems to express, and this unique collection of narrative paintings explores his signature motifs.

Amid the sublime beauty of Maine—its primordial forests, remote lakes, rugged mountains, and craggy coastline blooms a handmade culture fed by heritage, self-sufficiency, and collaboration.

Old houses may not be haunted, but they retain many palpable vestiges of their pasts. And when Margot Anne Kelley and her husband, Rob, moved into an old farmhouse, they inherited that past as well as the property.

Sen. Angus S. King Jr.--whether hosting a bipartisan barbecue as a U.S. Senator, traveling the country in his RV, riding the back roads of Maine on his Harley, or waxing poetically about his civil war hero Joshua Chamberlain--prides himself on having an eye and an ear for both the historic and the gloriously familiar.

In this expansive volume devoted to one of the premier art collections in the U.S., the rich and full picture of Maine's central role in American art from the early nineteenth century to the present is chronicled.

"A journey that captures your heart" -Jennifer Lawson.Every year, over 200,000 pilgrims from all over the world walk the Camino de Santiago. This book chronicles the author's journey on this ancient path. Jennifer's daily musings and watercolor sketches capture her rich experiences-the villages, the food, the wines, the friendships, and the sights and sounds of northern Spain.

Maine: Life in a Day By Susan Conley (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Susan Conley (Introduction by)

50 photographers capture the extraordinary moments in the lives of ordinary Mainers

What better way to celebrate fifty years of book publishing than to celebrate everyday life in Maine. Gathering the work of fifty photographers from all over the state, the book presents the day to day lives of ordinary Mainers.

Dahlov Ipcar is best known for her vibrant collage-style paintings of jungle and farm animals. This clearly evident love of animals is due in part to the summers she spent with her family in Maine. In 1923 the Zorach family (her parents were the famous artists William and Marguerite Zorach) bought a farm at Robinhood Cove in Georgetown, Maine.

Philip Barter: Forever Maine highlights a choice selection of masterful works that reflect Barter’s increasingly abstract inclinations in depicting Maine landscapes, from the coastal estuaries and blueberry barrens of Washington and Hancock counties to the western mountains and lakes, and north to Hartley’s iconic Mount Katahdin.

The Art of Maine in Winter presents more than eighty works by the finest American painters who capture the beauty of winter in Maine. Winslow Homer and Rockwell Kent, for example, stayed well into the winter, creating some of the most memorable images of Maine ever made.

Katahdin has been called Maine's greatest treasure. In addition to the outdoor and sporting tradition that surrounds it, there is a distinct tradition of art. For more than a hundred years, some of the most prominent landscape painters--Marsden Hartley, Frederic Church, John Marin, and many others--have portrayed Katahdin. Art of Katahdin is the first book to catalog this tradition.

The city of Portland and its surroundings, including the islands of Casco Bay, have inspired a wide range of art over the past 200 years. The "city by the sea," as Longfellow famously called it, has been a visual talisman for a host of artists, from early masters like Harrison Bird Brown and John Bradley Hudson to a remarkable roster of contemporary painters.

Staff Pick in July/August issue of Art New England

Philip Frey is one of the handful of artists responsible for changing the course of Maine painting.

Philip Frey: Here and Now is a book for anyone who appreciates Maine and bold art.

Primarily known only for his immensely popular children's books, such as Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey was first and foremost an artist and produced a large body of paintings and other artworks in addition to his sketches and illustrations for kids' books.

The perfect keepsake for those who cherish the most colorful time of the year in New England.

The water gives, and the water takes again. Waterforms is inspired by this ebb and flow, the eternal advance and retreat of the sea. Surf-rounded, storm-tossed boulders reflect its power, as do the pebbles that are sucked into its depths on the undertow of a wave. The sea has many moods, and this book invites you to appreciate them all.

In Legacy in Wood, Thomas Moser reflects on his long career and offers his thoughts on creativity, inspiration, and his design aesthetic. It gives an intimate look into the life and work of a pioneering craftsman, whose example shows that you can build a career working with your hands the old-fashioned way.

The contributions of Bill Moss to mid-twentieth century American culture were manifold. First changing the world of camping with the invention of the Pop tent, he went on to shake the world of fabric architecture with the many forms that we now take for granted.

The major paintings of iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) presented together in an accessible volume.
Andrew Wyeth is an essential introduction to the enduring masterworks of this profoundly popular American artist.

Between the Civil War and World War I, the Maine coast drew thousands of summer visitors every year.

A visual celebration that captures Maine's rockbound coastline, its precarious and isolated islands, its independent and hardworking people. From the fogs off Eastport to the lobster boats off Monhegan, from the grain elevators of Portland to the Shakers of Sabbathday Lake, photographer George Tice has created page after page of dauntingly beautiful images - 107 quadtone photographs in a

Beginning in 1847, Henry David Thoreau made three trips to the mostly unexplored Maine woods. Along the way he recorded his observations on the wildlife (flora and fauna), the weather, terrain, and on the nature of the people he met along the way, including loggers, rivermen, and his Abnaki guides.

Summer by the Seaside is a lavishly illustrated work on the origins, evolution, and gradual decline of the resort hotel phenomenon and its architecture along the New England coastline and on its offshore islands. In this indispensable, breakthrough volume, Bryant F.

With hundreds of vivid and detailed color photographs and an easy narrative style enlivened by historical vignettes and images, the authors bring overdue appreciation to a centuries-old Native American basketmaking tradition in the Northeast. Explore the full range of vintage Indian woodsplint and sweetgrass basketry in the Northeastern U.S.

Frederic Church, the acclaimed Hudson River School artist, first traveled to Maine in 1850. Over the next decades Church ventured repeatedly from his New York State home, Olana, to explore the Maine coast and its rocky islands. He also frequently trekked inland to visit Mount Katahdin.

Richard Meryman began an enduring friendship with Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) while on the job as a Life magazine editor in 1964. For Meryman, this unique friendship yielded more than four decades of recorded conversations with Wyeth, his family, friends and neighbors in Wyeth's homes in Pennsylvania and Maine.

Maine authors have crafted these 28 stories and essays to accompany fine art photography in this color standard edition of their choices of the 22 works from the September 2019 exhibit at Fukurou gallery, illustrated herein.