BUCKSPORT — Carolyn Zachary, assistant editor of The Republican Journal, recently presented her silkscreened print by the distinguished late Maine artist Francis Hamabe to businessman and artist Larry Wahl for the Bucksport Historical Society’s Paper Mill Museum. One of Hamabe’s renowned series of Maine towns, the print features the former paper mill, now demolished, among other historic landmarks.

In her childhood, Zachary met Hamabe through an artist friend of her parents who studied with him. When she became editor of The Maine Campus, she persuaded Hamabe to illustrate the cover of their centennial magazine (1865-1965), which she doesn’t believe he charged them for.

“We vacationed every summer at our camp on Toddy Pond; Bucksport High School students I hung out with had parents who worked at what was then St. Regis Paper Mill (making paper for Time and Life magazines) and some of the kids eventually worked there as well; the husband of the family friend who introduced us to Frank also worked at the mill, and after a mill tour he gave me components of the paper-making process that became an elementary school science project — I actually turned wood pulp into a small scrap of lumpy paper,” Zachary said.

As an adult, Zachary collected several Hamabe prints. “His Bucksport study was one of my favorites. I am delighted it will have a permanent home in the Bucksport Paper Mill Museum — a fine and fitting resting place!”

In his book, “The Art of Francis Hamabe (1917-2002),” Maine art authority Carl Little calls Hamabe “one of Maine’s most beloved artists.” Born in Orange, N.J. to a Japanese father and Swedish mother, he served in WWII, attended the Rhode Island School of Design and moved to Maine in 1947. A dedicated teacher, Hamabe was the first art instructor at the Farnsworth Art Museum and later taught at the University of Maine at Machias. He also served as art director for Down East and Maine Life magazines and for the state’s first public television station in Orono.