Acadia: Nature as Teacher
Welcome to our blog designed to keep you up-to-date on a unique and exciting project sponsored by Reversing Falls Sanctuary in partnership with Acadia National Park’s Centennial Celebration.
Acadia has attracted artists and writers since before its inception. This year, eighteen selected from the Blue Hill peninsula will visit the park and create works of art inspired by their experiences.
We hope that you will follow our process and progress here as each piece unfolds and we move toward our AUGUST EXHIBITION celebrating the influence of nature in our lives.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS AND WRITERS
DAKSHA BAUMANN – MIXED MEDIA
SIRI BECKMAN – PRINTS / PAINTINGS
GALEN DAVIS – PASTEL / OIL PAINTINGS
BEATRIX GATES – POETRY
ZUZONNA HUOT – PAINTINGS / DRAWINGS
ELENA KUBLER – MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
FREDERICA MARSHALL – SUMI-E INK / WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS
LYN MAYEWSKI – PAINTINGS
SUSAN BARRETT MERRILL – MASKS
TOM MOORE – POETRY
GAIL PAGE – PAINTINGS
EMILY PEAKE – WRITING
AMELIA POOLE – FIBER ART
BEC POOLE – FIBER ART / QUILT
REBEKAH RAYE – SCULPTURE, DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS
ROB SHETTERLY – WRITING
SHERRY STREETER – PAINTINGS
PAT WHEELER – MIXED MEDIA
Thoughts about the work in progress:
When I first heard about the cooperative venture between Reversing Falls Sanctuary and Acadia National Park I began to consider what my relationship would be. What would take my imagination and elicit a response from me? I visited the Schoodic area of the park on a cold, clear day in late November when the ground was between snow coverings. I stopped at the grounds of the Schoodic Institute and was immediately drawn to the old stone building there.
Rockefeller Hall of The Schoodic Institute
I was intrigued by the construction of the facade that used a “crazy quilt” collection of diverse stone. I’ve always liked the challenge of taking a motley collection of seemingly disparate elements and finding a way to get them to work together. I saw this building, translated of course, but laying down flat as a pathway. As I drove around the peninsula, I stopped often to take walks into the forest. The heavy tree canopy that blocked significant sunlight developed the perfect habitat for mosses to flourish in. They traveled up tree trunks, over fallen logs, and softened the contours of rocks. Even when the tree canopy lightened up to let more sunlight in, there were mosses there too. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate plant to showcase in an entry garden at Reversing Falls Sanctuary.
( If you haven’t yet discovered the book, Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer, do pick it up and discover the riches in these personal essays of one woman’s connection with moss.)
On March 7, 2016 I again visited the Schoodic area. This time I explored the water’s edge, searching the tide line for trash and treasure to be used for one of the aquatic invertebrate explorations. Now how did I come to be intrigued with aquatic invertebrates? In conversation with my daughter this past fall, she mentioned a web site that I should check out. An artist had made an indoor aquatic tank to support caddis flies. He then introduced precious gem stones into the tank and the caddis flies made their architectural cases with those stones instead of their usual stream bottom gravel. My interest was sparked and I sought out some books to learn more about these beings. I knew of their gravel based cases from an environmental class I took in the mid 70’s. The class visited a stream that ran into downtown Salt Lake City and there we found many of these cases. My recent reading expanded my knowledge and appreciation of these small creatures. They make silk based nets and use bits of leaf, twig, and sand and gravel bits to construct cases of diverse size and shape. I find them beautiful. In beginning my explorations I imagine what i would use if I were a caddisfly. What would I take from my environment to make a case?
Tide line trash & treasure collected 3/7/16. Unfortunately it did not take me very long to collect all of this.