WELLS - York County Community College’s Visiting Artists Series continues the tradition of presenting some of the region’s most renowned artists with an outstanding line-up in this fall’s schedule.

The first in the series is songwriter and performer Jonathan Edwards, who will be on campus at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 13. Since 1971, he has released 15 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award. Edwards is an artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of his audience for over four decades.

Short Story writer Anne Beattie will speak at 6 p.m. Monday, October 17. Ann Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s The Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan’s The Best American Short Stories 2014. In 2000, she received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story. In 2005, she received the Rea Award for the Short Story. She was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The series will conclude at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 27 with artist and children’s book illustrator Wade Zahares. Zahares works out of his studio on his small farm in southern Maine just outside of Kennebunk where he grew up. He takes inspiration for his whimsical landscapes from the rolling hills surrounding his studio and the creatures that live there. A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Zahares’ work has been singled out by Time Magazine and The New York Times as among the very best picture books of 1998. His work is sold through selected galleries throughout New England, is in many private and corporate collections, and the permanent collection at the Decordova Museum of Art in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Each of these unique Maine artists will give an hour long lecture, presentation, and/or demonstration that highlight their work. All events will be held at the YCCC Wells Campus - Attendance is free and open to the public. For more information about the any of these events contact drogan@yccc.edu or visit virtual.yccc.edu/vas.

YCCC’s VAS Series is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.