Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Portage Library to host 18th-Century History program

"Ingot Street Garden" is one of the art works by Clyde Mikkola on exhibit in the Portage Lake District Library. Mikkola will give a presentation on "The 18th-Century Intinerant Limner" on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the library. (Photo courtesy Portage Lake District Library)

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will bring a part of living history from 18th-century America to the library and show what life was like for an artist living at that time.

Local artist Clyde Mikkola will present "The 18th-Century Itinerant Limner" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Limning was the word applied to drawing and painting in the 18th century. Mikkola will describe the life of a limner, explain how they made their own paints, paintbrushes, and canvases, discuss how they traveled, and tell what they did to survive. Mikkola will be dressed in costume from that era and bring examples of footwear, a lap desk for letter writing, a flintlock with accouterments, and a lantern that he will light using flint and steel.

This program is geared for all ages. Mikkola’s artwork is currently on display in the library as part of an on-going collaboration between the Copper Country Community Arts Center and the Portage Lake District Library.

All library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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