The World Of Dahlov Ipcar








"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 - Seven Decades of Creativity...

Updated 01/09/19

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Dahlov's Literary Agent/Dahlov's Gallery

Dahlov's Gallery
Rachel Walls FIne Art
1000 Shore Road, Building 326,

Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine




Garnet Hill Dahlov Inspired Childrens' Wear

What better way to celebrate 2019 than to browse Garnet Hill’s Dahlov Ipcar Collection.…/dahlov-ipcar-inspired/


Now for sale online
Blue Moons & Menageries Catalog/Posters

Essay Author: Sara Torres Vega
Editor: Anthony Shostak
Pages: 84

This catalog is also avaialable at Rachel Walls Fine Art

See Bates Exhibit Below....



2019 -   TBA

2018 -


A lovely article about Dahlov by Deniel Kanay in the Portland Press Herald Sunday Telegram

June Through October  (Catalog now for sale online - see above)

Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries,” the Bates College Museum of Art presents a wide array of artworks — many of them being exhibited publicly for the first time —  by one of Maine’s best-known artists.

Organized by the Bates museum, “Blue Moons & Menageries” opens with a public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 8, and a gallery talk at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, by Rachel Walls, an authority on Ipcar and the proprietor of Rachel Walls Fine Art in Cape Elizabeth.

Located in the Olin Arts Center at Bates College, 75 Russell St., the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Exhibitions and programming are open to the public at no cost. For more information, please contact 207-786-6158 or Center, Bates College

This exhibition presents a wide array of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by one of Maine’s best-known artists, Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017). Drawn mainly from private collections, the works represent periods spanning nearly the artist’s entire career.

Many of the works in Blue Moons & Menageries are exhibited publicly for the first time. Ipcar, the daughter of prominent modernist artists, Marguerite and William Zorach, reached a wide audience through the many children’s books she wrote and illustrated, and many of these images are also included.  She also maintained a steady studio practice, producing paintings, sculptures, and prints that have been widely collected in public and private collections. In 1939, Ipcar was the first woman–and, at the age of 21, the youngest artist to date–to be featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

An illustrated catalogue, with essay by Sara Torres, Education Researcher, MoMA, will support the exhibition.

Artist's son, Charlie Ipcar


Dahlov’s Bates Exhibit in today’s Portland Sunday Telegram - written by freelance writer Daniel Kany, an art historian who lives in Cumberland....

Nice piece about Dahlov and Rachel Walls from Maine Arts Education by Doug Hubley
Newswriter, Bates College...

The Persistance Of Vision (completed run)
An Exhibition of Early and Late Work by Artists with Macular Degeneration
The DAAP Galleries: Philip M. Meyers, Jr. Memorial Gallery

University of Cincinnati
 June 8–July 29, 2018

Dahlov struggled with macular Degeneration for the last several years of her life. This exhibit examines how artists cope with vision loss...

School Class Inspired By Dahlov

"I learned about your mother’s artwork while visiting Maine last summer. I loved everything about it, especially the patterns. This year I introduced her artwork to my elementary art students. I wanted to share some of their work with you so you could see how her art captured their imaginations.

Below is a link to an album from this project, please feel free to post these artworks on your website’s kid’s page. These artworks are from students in grades 1-3 in Carlsbad Municipal Schools in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Thank you so much for keeping up the website and Facebook page. I have loved learning about Dahlov Ipcar’s career and seeing her lovely artwork. "

Laura Thurston


In memoriam

It's with great sadness that we announce Dahlov's passing, February 10th, 2017

She spent the morning at her easel; fielded a few calls with her son Bob pertaining to a sit down interview for a publication; worked with her son Charlie on any number of projects related to upcoming exhibits. In the late afternoon she bid good day to her home health aide but early in the evening she was gone.

At age 99 she worked right up to the end, doing what she loved. We should all be so lucky - but it hurts just the same. May she forever be with the wondrous beasts of her imagination, that magical realm that knows no beginning or end. She left us a remarkable world to remember her by.

Some gracious tributes....

The Guardian of London
- Dahlov Ipcar's Seven Decades in Children's Books and Paintings
The Lewiston Sun Journal
- Dahlov Ipcar, A Legend In Her Own Time by Pat Davidson Reef
The Portland Press Herald - Beloved Maine Painter Dies at 99 by Bob Keyes

...please visit Dahlov Ipcar Facebook for ongoing remembrances and tributes.

A public celebration of Dahlov's life took place in late August 2017

The program included artwork images and photos from her life, stories, and songs presented by her close friends and family members.





October - December

The Portland Public Library - in the Lewis Gallery...

Dahlov Ipcar: Stories
October 6th - December 23rd

Dahlov Ipcar’s books are appreciated and revered around the world, but perhaps nowhere more than in Maine where she created, wrote, and illustrated books for over 60 years. While her primary audience is children, her work resonates just as deeply with the adults – parents, teachers, caregivers, friends – who support young readers.

As we mark Portland Public Library’s milestone 150th year, we delighted to celebrate the life and illustration work of Dahlov Ipcar during what would have been her 100th year. Her stories and imaginative illustrations have made a significant contribution to the world of children’s books and captured the imaginations of generations of Maine readers.

Reception is Friday, October 65-7pm with a special concert following from 7 to 9pm - Dahlov Ipcar's favoriate songs and ballads as reflected in her artwork.


Portland Public Library presents Pat Davidson Reef on Dahlov Ipcar
Monday, November 6th at noon in the Lewis Gallery

Gallery talk and book signing

“A child raised without art is as surely deprived as a child raised without love.”
—Dahlov Ipcar

Join Pat Davidson Reef for a gallery talk about the life and work of Dahlov Ipcar on Monday, November 6th at noon in the Lewis Gallery. The talk is being held in conjunction with the Dahlov Ipcar: Stories exhibit.

In her book, Dahlov Ipcar: Artist Reef explores visually Ipcar’s growth as an artist from selected childhood works to her adult masterpieces in museums.

The book, written as a juvenile biography for young people, includes examples of murals in public buildings, illustrations in children’s books, and wonderful cloth sculptures that Dahlov has created. It is designed for both children and adults to enjoy.

Past Exhibits

Dahlov Ipcar's Century...
July - December 2017

Rachel Walls Fine Art - Dahlov's Gallery
10am-5pm, in Fort Williams Park,
Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Make a right at the lighthouse intersection and drive to the top of the hill.
Gallery is last brick building on righjt, just behind the playground.

This show features over 100 artworks by Dahlov Ipcar, many of which are still for sale. This inaugural exhibition will showcase Ipcar’s works in collage, gouache, ink, needlepoint, oil, pencil, soft sculpture and watercolor.

Here's a link to the website for more details:

Dahlov Ipcar: Creative Growth
Exhibit - Ogunquit Museum of Art
May 1st thru June 28th



A unique treasure trove consisting of childhood art from Dahlov's Creative Growth Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (1939). Works from age six to twenty one.

Lewiston Sun Journal by Patty Reef
A teacher’s dream exhibit is found in the exciting works currently showing at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art...

Portland Press Herald by Bob Keyes
"Creative Growth” at Ogunquit is a re-staging of Ipcar’s first solo exhibition in 1939 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, when Ipcar was 21. 












Dahlov Ipcar, Artist by Pat Davidson Reef 2016

A Maine series for young readers...

Pat Davidson Reef has released a spectacular new edition of her 1987 book about Dahlov Ipcar with full color photos and a commentary by the artist herself.

" This book is a juvenile biography for young people about Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar, who has a distinctive style. It explores visually her growth as an artist from selected childhood works to her adult masterpieces in museums. Also included in the book are examples of murals in public buildings, illustrations in children's books, and wonderful cloth sculptures that Dahlov has created. It is designed for both children and adults to enjoy." Amazon

In southern Maine, Dahlov Ipcar, Artist is sold at the Book Review shop in Falmouth, the Longfellow Books in Portland, the Portland Museum of Art gift shop, the Nonesuch Book shop in South Portland, and Shermans in Portland.




Dahlov's Books now at the MET

The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is known for its collection of extraordinary and timeless art from all over the world, and now that same classic sensibility can be found in their revamped children’s book area! Selections from Islandport Press and Nobrow/Flying Eye.




2015 Exhibits

Dahlov's Bienneal Exhibit of New Paintings
November 16th - December 28th
Frost Gully Gallery
1159 Route One in Freeport, Maine.



Please mark your calendars. Dahlov Ipcar will be showing 18 of her new works at Frost Gully Gallery from November 16 to December 28, 2015. .

"in celebration of Tom Crotty's memory"


"Tigers of Rewa" is one of her new works featured in the exhibition.




Review Portland Press Harold by Bob Keyes
"The artist, who turns 98 this week, is exploring new ways to express herself with recent vision loss."

Review Bangor Daily News by Kathleen Pierce
"Meat, cheese, cream, butter and art every day. That’s artist and author Dahlov Ipcar’s recipe for a long life."

Review Lewiston Sun Journal by Patty Reef
"Ipcar will share more than 40 recent oil paintings and seven rare drawings circa 1945, 1946, 1980 and 2015."



Dahlov on Maine Public Broadcast Network

We think Dahlov Ipcar is a Maine treasure, and we're thrilled that she shared her musical memory with us in today's Music That Move ME audio diary.





Dahlov on Creative Growth

15 min video directed and filmed by her son, Robert, autumn 2013

Creative Growth...
What was it like to grow up in a household where everyday life was lived as an art form?





Now In Bookstores and Online...

From Flying Eye Books

by Dahlov Ipcar

Praise for the Dahlov Ipcar Collection:

"I'm glad to see publishers like this, restoring older books with such passion and attention—taking gentle care, that is, of our rich picture book heritage."—Kirkus Reviews




In this unheralded civil rights allegory composed in the heat of the early 60s, two little dogs frolic and dream of adventures beyond their wildest imaginations, from jungles of the Congo with towering ebony elephants to the whitewashed, frigid arctic where the icy white polar bears roam. Dahlov Ipcar once again pairs her timeless illustrations with fresh original verse that celebrates the unity, wonder, and beauty of the living, breathing natural world around us.

Dahlov Ipcar is an American author, artist, and illustrator, whose career has spanned five decades. She has written and illustrated over thirty children's books, won the NEIBA President's Award and the Kerlan Award for Children's Literature. A true master of color and organic form, Ipcar's unique and timeless stories instantly captured the hearts of children world over. Some fifty years later, her books are still in print and continue to be cherished for the beauty of their artwork and quality of their narratives. Flying Eye Books is delighted to introduce a new generation of adoring young readers to Ipcar's classic stories with the inimitable and stunning Dahlov Ipcar Collection.

Dahlov still paints on her farm in Maine where she penned many of her greatest works and has lived since 1937.

Flying Eye Books

Dahlov Interviewed by Publisher's Weekly

Dahlov Ipcar: A Maine Treasure by Judith Rosen,
January 23, 2015

See Publisher's Weekly Article



Dahlov Pillows and Books and Calendars... oh my!

Classic Rug Collection




Barbara Barran, President of Classic Rug Collection, Inc is now offering The Cat at Night Collection. She has a good stock of these pillows at $109. Other Calico Collection pillows are offered at 25% off. She'll gift wrap and ship! Please visit Classic Rug Collection Store






Dahlov Interviewed for the London Telegraph

Really nice piece by Nicolette Jones


Dahlov's 2015 Cats Calendar (Out 0f Print)



Dahlov Ipcar’s cats leap unbound from the page and onto the wall with this new calendar featuring 12 separate months of stunning images. Just released by Islandport Press for 2015.





What's Up...

Dahlov 2014 Painting...

Dahlov has just completed an oil on canvas entitled "Riders & Beagles", an homage to a work in fabric designed and executed by her mother, Marguerite Zorach.

The original panel is from a bedspread that was commissioned in the 1920s by either the L'Engle family or the Lathrop Browns. The bedspread was eventually donated to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. The magazine article which featured the complete bedspread had this to say:

“Original bedspread titled 'On Sea and Land', by Marguerite Zorach, created in the mid 1920s, from International Studio magazine, "The Embroideries of Marguerite Zorach" by Marya Mannes, March, 1930, New York, pp. 29-33.”

See MFA link:




Charlie Ipcar Pens a Sea-Tale...
Three Kitties Set Out To Sea


Adventerious kitties set out to sea aboard their sixteenth centuary ship, the Bold Catspaw. As they sail the Seven Seas, they happily dine on flying fish and sea rats. There's even an encounter with a pirate ship crewed by scurvy seadogs; you know who wins out. There's even a tropical isle of feline delights! A fanciful tale composed as a song with full musical notation provided. Written and illustrated by Charlie Ipcar

$25 includes shipping from







Back in November 2013

Dahlov's Bienniel Exhibit - Over 20 Recent Paintings
-exhibit is over but some of these paintings remain at Frost Gully Gallery

Nov 17th - Dec 30th 2013
Opening reception was Sunday Nov17
Frost Gully Gallery
1159 Route 1




Farm Ruckus

Serengeti Triad





Knight at Arms










Garden Gardians





Equine Pinwheel

In Egg Splicable



Dahlov was recently selected by the Portland Press Herald as one of "Ten Mainers to be Thankful For...

Staff Writer, Bob Keyes: Dahlov Ipcar, 96, is considered a cultural treasure of Maine. A painter and author, beloved for her kaleidoscopic renderings of animals and a long history of richly illustrated books for children, is one of the last links to the early days of Maine art. -

Lewiston Sun Journal
Pat Davidson Reef: Stepping into an exhibit of recent paintings by Dahlov Ipcar is like stepping into a whole environment; an environment of wild animals, warmth and exotic imagination Fantastic, colorful, energetic: Dahlov Ipcar exhibit a must-see

Other Exhibits
A partial listing of Dahlov's exhibits within the past decade


Dahlov "Full Circle" Calendar for 2014

Islandport Press announces a gorgeous new calendar featuring 15 "Circle Paintings" by Dahlov

Twenty-five years ago, legendary Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar was fascinated by the images she saw looking through a kaleidoscope. The then-71-year-old, who regularly seeks new inspiration for her paintings, set out to bring that same dramatic look to her art. To accomplish her vision, she painted circles within circles, making sure each new layer pulsated with energy, color, and patterns. The result was the breathtaking "Cat Mandala," the first of her so-called "Circle Paintings, which she unveiled in 1988.

Over the following 23 years, she created fourteen more circle paintings, each featuring a different animal theme ranging from the real to the imagined to the fanciful, from Australia to Asia, merry-go-rounds to blue moons. One critic called these paintings "a rich visual feast, an experience full of zest, color, and magical imagery." Islandport Press will feature all fifteen of Ipcar's Circle Paintings in "Dahlov Ipcar Full Circle," a 2014 calendar that offers a remarkable year-long visual treat.



Book about Dahlov
(Finalist for the 2010 Book Of The Year Award- arts catagory)


The Art of Dahlov Ipcar, edited by Carl Little.
Downeast Books
(Rowman & Littlefield)
released June 2010
10 X12; 124 color plates; $50

Available at the Georgetown, Maine Historical Society












condensed from article by Kitty Wheeler, Coastal Journal contributor

WOOLWICH - The Gathering, a large mural attached to the entry hall in the new Woolwich Central School, is the latest accomplishment of painter John Gable. He has completed 20 murals for East Coast restaurants in the past 17 years, but this school mural represents his first chance to benefit from the One Percent For Art public funding program, in which one percent of the cost of a large public project is set aside for art to adorn that project. Gable's mural depicts 10 Maine artists who illustrated storybooks for children in the 20th century... Gable, a well-known national artist who lives in Woolwich, is delighted with the finished product...

The following artists and their book themes are incorporated into the mural: Dahlov Ipcar and Lobsterman; E.B. White and Charlotte's Web; Barbara Cooney and Miss Rumphius; Margaret Wise Brown and The Runaway Bunny; Chris Van Dusen and A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee; Robert McCloskey and Time of Wonder; Melissa Sweet and Love & Kisses; N.C. Wyeth and Treasure Island, The Deer Slayer, Robin Hood, and The Boys of King Arthur; Kevin Hawkes and Weslandia; and Ashley Bryan and What a Wonderful World.

Read the entire article by Kitty Wheeler


World Wildlife Fund

As part of the World Wildlife Fund's 50th anniversary celebration in 2011, the image of Dahlov's Biosphere will be incorporated on some of their anniversary materials. Biosphere now resides at the WWF's Washington DC offices, a gift from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.

Biosphere", oil, 4ft x 6ft 1996





Dahlov Receives DFA


Maine College of Art Gala Honors:
May 9th, 2013 - Dahlov was among the recipients who received the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.


Georgetown's Citizen of the Year 2013...


Dahlov Ipcar received the Citizen of the Year Award at the Georgetown Community Center in Maine, March 17, 2013

2012 Maine In America Award Presentation

On July 19th, Dahlov was honored by the Farnsworth Art Museum, an honor given to an individual or a group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine and its role in American art. Previous recipients have been, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Andrew Wyeth, Paul Caponigro, John Wilmerding and Will Barnet.

2011 - Dahlov Wins Moonbeam Award...

Islandport Press
Farmyard Alphabet - The first ever board book by legendary Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar has been honored with a bronze medal in the Board Book category of the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to celebrate children's books and lifelong reading. "This year's Moonbeam award winners confirm that books can change children's lives," says Moonbeam Awards founder Jerrold Jenkins. "They've already had a big impact on the judges and the kids that read them, so we know these books were created to enrich children's lives." Dahlov's previous book-related awards include the prestigious Kerlan Award in Children's Literature in 1998; the Katahdin Award from the Maine Library Association in 2001; and the New England Independent Booksellers Association President's Award in 2010.

NEIBA Award...

Dahlov received the President's Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA). This prestigious award is given annually to recognize outstanding contribution to arts and letters. Dahlov joined Robert McCloskey as the only other children's book author/illustrator to receive this award.

"Dahlov Ipcar's lifelong body of work is entirely inspiring. That she has so beautifully created books to draw children, in particular, to the joys of language and art is further testament to her genius. Readers of all ages have delighted in Ipcar's work for many years and because her work is so timeless, they will do so for decades to come." Dick Hermans, NEIBA Board President


Dahlov Ipcar Hooked Rug (not public domain)

Tiger & Leopard
Original design hooked by Dahlov Ipcar in 1974

Just to set the record straight...

We have been made aware of a hooked rug design floating around entitled Tumbling Cats that may have been copied from an original design hooked by Dahlov entitled Tiger & Leopard that appeared in the 1975 publication, American Hooked and Sewn Rugs; folk art underfoot, by Joel & Kate Kopp; published by Plume (page 117 #202). This book was copyright protected and identified Dahlov as the originator of the design and the year 1974 as the date of creation.

It's proper to ask Dahlov for permission to reproduce this design; credit must be given to her as the creator of this design. It is not proper to be using her design for commercial purposes e.g. selling patterns, kits or rugs because Dahlov claims copyright and does not permit it.

Original work now in private collection


Dahlov (age 97) is not a hooked rug artist per se. Tiger & Leopard represents a "one of a kind" creation. Her children's book, Stripes & Spots, 1961, depicts a similar cover arrangement of a tiger and leopard as well.





In 1977, Dahlov also painted an oil on linen Tiger & Leopard, 36 X 50

Portland School Promotes "Reading with Families"



When Connie Ortolani saw that Maine Reads through their "Read With ME" initiative was giving all Kindergarten students a copy of "The Cat at Night" by Dahlov Ipcar, she thought that this would be a perfect start to the school year; get families excited about reading to and with their children.   With the assistance of IThe Literacy Specialist, Ann Hanna of the East End Community School, Connie presented the book to all their Kindergarten families.  

What a turn out! 20 families and lots of kids; all were familiar with the story since Connie had already read it to their individual K classes. She gave them a cat picture to color when they got home and they all promised to read the book with their families.



Post Office Mural Restoration

LaFollette Mural
Summer 2005 - from Bill Teaster, Postmaster of LaFollette TN...

"Your mother painted the mural for our lobby in 1939.  We were just commissioned to have our Mural restored due to water damage and overspray of paint when our lobby was repainted.  Elizabeth Parma out of Chicago was commissioned to restore the mural through Dallan Wordekemper who is with the historical preservation society in Washington.  We would love for your mother to be a part of this or at least be aware that it is happening. .... I thought everyone might like to see the Mural during the restoration process. "

Spring 2013 update
We have word that the mural was moved to the new post office and additional restoration work was done.

Notice the cleaning process. Lo and behold, the hunter's shirt isn't gray - it's white!


Contact Dahlov?

Bob Ipcar

Dahlov at 95, by Steve Cartwright