David Smus will make a presentation about the creation of "Eagle Point" when he visits Art on West during the July 1 First Friday Art Walk. PHOTO COURTESY OF ART ON WEST

‘Animals of Acadia’ to open First Friday



BAR HARBOR — Award-winning Maine sculptor David Smus will be at Art on West during the First Friday Art Walk on July 1, from 6-9 p.m., with his show “Animals of Acadia in Bronze.”

The exhibit shares Smus’ love of Acadia National Park on its 100th anniversary as he celebrates his 20th year showing work at Art On West. Smus will share the stories, ideas and observations which inspired him to create the limited edition bronze sculptures of a wide variety of birds and animals, most of which live right in Maine’s own national park.

A fitting tribute is the bird selected in 1782 as America’s national bird and one of Acadia’s most spectacular residents sculpted in bronze. Smus will make a slide show presentation depicting the steps taken in creating “Eagle Point,” a 6-by-6 foot bronze of two life-sized bald eagles and a squirrel in a white pine, Maine’s state tree, which was installed last autumn on a lake peninsula in southern Maine where several eagles often group together.

One of the many bronzes shown in the gallery is a new piece entitled “Kit and Caboodle,” a red fox vixen with two frolicking kits, mounted on Deer Isle granite quarried near Acadia.

Refreshments will be served. Call Art on West, 78 West St., at 288-4229 or visit www.acadiacentennial2016.org.

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