BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum invites the public to take part in its December programming free of an admission charge thanks to the support of Machias Savings Bank.
December is the final month for visitors to the Abbe Museum to see the current feature exhibit, Twisted Path III, Questions of Balance.
This exhibit, which opened in February, includes the work of eight contemporary Native artists and represents the viewpoints of Wabanaki artists as well as artists from the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, Canada and the Maritimes.
The exhibit, which includes sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, pottery and fashion designed to explore key issues related to the environment, is made possible with support from the Sharpe Family Foundation/Douglas and Ann Sharpe, Anonymous Foundation, the Fisher Charitable Foundation and the Hattie A. & Fred C. Lynam Trust. Lead corporate sponsorship comes from The First, and additional support is from the Maine Arts Commission, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, MPBN and the Bangor Daily News.
Also in December, the Abbe continues its popular annual Native American Film Series made possible with support from Reel Pizza. On Thursday, Dec. 4, from 7-9 p.m. at the Abbe’s downtown location, the museum will show Robert Redford and Michael Apted’s film “Incident at Oglala,” the story of the shooting of two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the subsequent trial and eventual conviction of Indian activist Leonard Peltier. The film will be followed by a discussion.
Finally, Abbe Museum Educator George Neptune will lead the final program of the Winter in the Dawnland series on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Neptune will share Wabanaki stories about the stars, exploring their significance within Dawnland cultures, and will then lead participants in the weaving of their own paper stars.
The mission of the Abbe Museum, Maine’s first Smithsonian Affiliate, is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. The Abbe has a collection of over 50,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects, including stone and bone tools, pottery, beadwork, carved root clubs, birch bark canoes and supporting collections of photographs, maps and archival documents. It holds the largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry in any museum. Its collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums.
Current exhibits include Twisted Path II: Questions of Balance, 150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour, Four Directions of Wabanaki Basketmaking and Layers of Time.