Art a many splendored thing at MDI Open

Lee Neary’s “The Green Monster.”

NORTHEAST HARBOR — The MDI Open at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor has, in the past 10 years or so, come to symbolize the opening of a new season of art on Mount Desert Island.

Every spring, both professional and amateur local artists —folks who have presumably spent the long winter being creative — look forward to this opportunity to show off what they have accomplished to the art-loving community.

Every one of those artists, Sunday painters and art lovers would have understood if Sam Shaw, still mourning the recent tragic loss of his daughter, Hannah, had decided to close the curtain on this event, at least this spring.

Happily, folks who showed up for the opening reception last month found it hugely comforting that life at Shaw’s Gallery goes on.

The fun begins right inside the door with a couple of monsters. To the left is Lee Neary’s delightful painted wood carving “The Green Monster,” a skillful and humorous depiction of Fenway Park’s most famous feature topped with three tiers of enthusiastic fans.

If these fans look a little horrified, perhaps it’s because Big Papi has struck out, or because they are placed directly across from Susan Bellor Sydney’s wall sculpture “Sea Creature,” a tangle of rope that quickly resolves itself into a monstrous face.

Every one of the pieces in this show is part of a wonderful composite portrait of MDI talent and creativity that continues to run deep.

The MDI Open exhibition runs through June 9. For more information, call Shaw Jewelry at 276-5000.

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Nan Lincoln

Nan Lincoln

The former arts editor at the Bar Harbor Times writes reviews and feature stories for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.