Diana Cobb Ansley’s interpretation of the classic Fitz Henry Lane painting of the entrance to Somes Sound. The oil on canvas measures 20 by 30 inches. IMAGE COURTESY OF GALLERY AT SOMES SOUND

Artists of present paint homage to Acadia’s past



A group of artists represented by The Gallery at Somes Sound have created modern interpretations of land and seascape paintings of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park done by well-known 19th Century American artists, including Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole and Fitz Henry Lane.

“The history and evolution of art in Acadia is an important piece of the centennial celebration,” said gallery owner Tyra Hanson.

Fitz Henry Lane is believed to have painted this view of the entrance to Somes Sound from Manset in 1852. FILE PHOTO

Fitz Henry Lane is believed to have painted this view of the entrance to Somes Sound from Manset in 1852.
FILE PHOTO

“Church, Cole and Lane realized that this part of the Maine Coast was an amazing and captivating subject on canvas. As a result, their paintings served as a promotional tool, introducing this desirable location to various men, women and families in cities across the country.”

By the mid 1800s, word of the area’s wonders had spread by way of these paintings, helping to position Mount Desert Island as a desirable vacation destination. The first wave of summer visitors inspired by the arts formed the foundation of a tradition of philanthropy and conservation that lead to the creation of Acadia National Park.

“What better way to celebrate the 100-year birthday of Acadia National Park than to salute the artists of days gone by, resurrecting their masterpieces by creating a modern day rendition by some of the finest contemporary artists on Mount Desert Island and beyond,” said Hanson.

In many cases, the artists spent multiple days scouting locations to try and duplicate the exact spot chosen by the artists of yesteryear.

Artist Judy Taylor’s take on a classic view of Newport Mountain, now Champlain, from the Compass Harbor area. The oil on canvas measures 16 by 20 inches. IMAGE COURTESY OF GALLERY AT SOMES SOUND

Artist Judy Taylor’s take on a classic view of Newport Mountain, now Champlain, from the Compass Harbor area. The oil on canvas measures 16 by 20 inches.
IMAGE COURTESY OF GALLERY AT SOMES SOUND

Among the modern artists participating are Diana Cobb Ansley, Scott Baltz, Eline Barclay, Robert Clark, Donald Demers, Anne Ireland, Ernest McMullen, Donald Rainville, Judy Taylor and Peter Yesis.
The show officially opened on July 9 and runs through the end of October.

The Gallery, which also features work by furniture makers and sculptors, is located by the Mill Pond in Somesville.

 

 

 

 

 

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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