Paintings by Kaitlyn Metcalf were inspired by the archives of Acadia National Park and area historical societies. IMAGE COURTESY OF ELLSWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY

Artist used park archives to create centennial show



ELLSWORTH — Kaitlyn Metcalf will talk about what she discovered in the archives of Acadia National Park and how she created the paintings for her “Century One: Acadia” series at the opening reception for the show at the Ellsworth Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 6-7 p.m.

“Century One: Acadia” is a series of 100 paintings by Metcalf that celebrates Acadia National Park’s centennial. The paintings are inspired by objects and images found in the archives of the park, as well as archives of Mount Desert Island area historical societies, museums and libraries. The paintings showcase well-known scenes, along with hidden gems from the park’s history that viewers are sure to find surprising and intriguing.

Metcalf creates her artwork in Trenton, where she has lived since she graduated from Maine College of Art in 2007. About “Century One: Acadia,” Metcalf said, “It’s been a thrill to discover and now share so many interesting aspects of the park’s dynamic history. Seeing all the paintings come together visually in one body of work is certainly a memorable experience for viewers.”

The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 5 until Jan. 7.

This summer, Metcalf exhibited the paintings at outdoor art shows, where she was twice awarded best in show. She also partnered with Friends of Acadia as a Centennial Partner for this series. This will be the second-to-last major program, wrapping up this year’s Centennial Celebration.

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