Rockland Historical Society board member Leith MacDonald will give a free talk, “Art and Artists of Monhegan,” on Tuesday, August 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Rockland Public Library. Refreshments and conversation will follow. 

MacDonald spent time as a young artist painting on Monhegan. He eventually began giving guided tours of the island — following in the footsteps of George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Edward Hopper and others — exploring the sites that inspired many great artworks. After moving to Rockland, MacDonald worked at Farnsworth Art Museum and he has curated or helped with exhibits for Monhegan Museum, Island Institute, Colby College Art Museum and others. 

Now working at the Wyeth Study Center at the Farnsworth, MacDonald created the exhibit titled “Andrew Wyeth in Rockland,” incorporating the voices and stories of long-time Rockland residents. He recently curated and cataloged a large private collection of Monhegan art. He will share photos of some of the paintings in the collection and explore the connections between the artists and their subjects on Monhegan. 

For more information, call 594-0310.