The downtown Penobscot Marine Museum will host a reception for French diorama artist Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau Thursday, July 8 at 6 p.m.

A native of Brittany, France, Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau visits Maine every year to research the history of its islands and remote coastal communities. Her research is realized in artistic form in intricate, intriguing dioramas or “shadowboxes” – three-dimensional tableaus that illustrate folktales, legends and history with depictions of ghost ships, lighthouse keepers, forgotten ship launchings and island celebrations.

The museum is showing an exhibition of her work in the Jeremiah Merithew House through Sept. 10. Refreshments will be served during the free reception for the artist.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s campus includes four ship captains’ homes, two boat houses, a town hall, a carriage house and other buildings. Activities and exhibits for children and year-round adult programs make it a special place for family visits and history enthusiasts. Admission is free for Searsport residents. For more information, call 548-2529 or visit PenobscotMarineMuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.