“Ice in a Maine Stream,” photographed in polarized light by Edwin Barkdoll, is one of the images now on display at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory's Art Meets Science exhibit. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE CALAS

Art Meets Science again at lab



BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory’s Art Meets Science Exhibition again charmed the public in its fourth annual opening event on July 9. The exhibit, titled “Is it Art, or is it Science?” paired the work of scientists and 40 local, national and international artists in a collaboration that demonstrates the interwoven relationship between the arts and sciences.

Featured collaborating artist and scientist duos included James A. Coffman and Kimberly Callas, Benjamin L. King and Beth Pfeiffer, James Wolfe and Jens Zorn, and many more.

The exhibit entices attendees through the labyrinthine building, up and down the staircases, through hallways and into open, spacious lab rooms. Art adorns the walls and surfaces throughout the structure. According to Jerilyn Bowers, director of development and public relations at the lab, in the past two years, the event has drawn around 300 attendees.

“We simply want to make science more approachable, and artists can help make that happen,” Bowers explained. “We are really committed to engaging the public in science.”

The exhibit will be open for viewing through Sept. 30.

Stephanie Calas

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