On Thursday, June 18, at 6 p.m., the Camden Public Library will host Ann Pollard-Ranco, an artist from the Penobscot Nation, for an online presentation about the significant role that indigenous art plays in environmental advocacy in Maine. The Penobscot River Restoration Project and its ripple effects will be highlighted.
The program will be held via the Zoom meeting platform. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a link to participate.
Pollard-Ranco has been a professional artist since the age of 13. She began her career as a jewelry maker, collecting discarded pieces of glass and pottery along the banks of the Penobscot River and turning them into wire-wrapped pendants, earrings, bracelets, and rings.
“In addition to being beautiful, wearable pieces of living history,” says Pollard-Ranco, in a news release. “This work offers a vehicle for discussions surrounding environmental stewardship and the importance of respecting Mother Earth.”
In more recent years, Pollard-Ranco’s art has evolved to highlight the Penobscot River Restoration Project and the broader relevance of land conservation in Maine.
“My acrylic and watercolor paintings incorporate variations of the traditional Wabanaki Double Curve motif, with a focus on depicting the animals who share this homeland,” explains Pollard-Ranco.
In addition to her work as an artist, Pollard-Ranco consults on environmental and cultural topics. She also teaches jewelry-making and traditional corn husk doll-making workshops.
“As we reflect on the past 200 years of Maine’s history as a state and look into the future, what are ways that we can work together to ensure protection of this homeland for future generations?” asks Pollard-Ranco.
The community is invited to join this vital dialog.
For more information on this online program and others offered by the Camden Public Library, visit librarycamden.org.