CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library is featuring Alan Claude as the June Artist-of-the-Month.
“Claude's graphic art depictions of iconic lighthouses and New England scenery are striking, colorful, and wonderfully reminiscent of the stylized travel posters from the 1920s and 1930s,” said the Library, in a news release. “Balancing boldness with serenity, Claude's art evokes nostalgia for a quintessential summer in Maine. It's no wonder that the Maine Office of Tourism selected his artwork for the cover of the 2020 Bicentennial issue of their Maine Travel Guide.”
Last year, the Camden Public Library invited Alan Claude to exhibit his artwork during June 2020. However, with the challenges of COVID-19, the library cannot open its Picker Room Gallery for an art display to the public.
As an alternative, the library and the artist have teamed up for a virtual exhibit on the library’s website and an online program called, “A Conversation with Artist Alan Claude” via the Zoom platform on Tuesday, June 23, at 6 p.m. The presentation will be an opportunity for fans to learn more about the artist, including his fascinating childhood growing up in France, and his current involvement in a major Main Street revitalization effort in Gardiner, where his new studio and gallery will be located. Email email@example.com to request a link to attend the Zoom program.
Additionally, during the entire month of June, Alan Claude will assist the library with its fundraising efforts by donating 20% of all sales from his website, alanclaude.com, to the Camden Public Library when buyers type in the code CAMDEN LIBRARY at checkout.
Sales of art from the library's gallery are one of the ways that the library, under normal circumstances, independently raises more than $500,000 every year to meet its general operating expenses. However, without the ability to have book sales, the Summer Harbor Arts & Books Festival, or an art gallery, the library must find other ways to overcome this debilitating funding hurdle. Upon learning that the library needs to raise nearly $15,000 by the end June to meet basic operating costs, Claude immediately asked, "What can I do to help make that happen?"
Although he resides inland in Central Maine, the beauty of the Midcoast has been a major inspiration, reflected prominently in his early lighthouse travel print series.
“My wife and I were married at Marshall Point Light, and I find myself returning to the Midcoast again and again,” said Claude, in the release. “The Camden region is one of the most beautiful places in Maine. The iconic library and its service of art and culture to the community is priceless and worthy of support.”