“I find it hard to explain my art, but then it doesn’t really need explanation. It may seem mysterious or challenging, but all you need to do is to open your heart to the joy and excitement of a new visual experience, to accept a new vision of a world full of the unusual, a world of the creative imagination.”
~ Dahlov Ipcar
Nov 12, 1917 – Feb 10, 2017 painter, illustrator, author
Maine has lost a treasure! For me, Dahlov epitomized the meaning of, “Love what you do, do what you love” creating every day, even painting on the morning she passed away at age 99. I was fortunate to meet Dahlov Ipcar at a Maine Art Education Association spring conference many years ago. I believe it was held at USM Gorham. Anyone remember attending that conference? Dahlov provided the key note and she was brilliant. I remember feeling like we were having a regular personal conversation, exchanging ideas, and discussing life.
From the Portland Press Herald…
In an interview with the Portland Press Herald last fall, Ipcar said she was prepared to die at age 80, but after that milestone she decided she wanted to see the year 2000. Since then, it was “lots of rich cream and milk and butter and eggs and red meat.”
Ipcar had a sharp wit, and was fond of telling people who asked about her age, “I hope I die before I run out of vermilion.”
Take a look at this video that was made when she was 97 years old.