Katherine Noble Churchill stands with her painting “Starry Night over Acadia.” The image will appear on posters for The 7th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANSF

Night Sky Festival poster chosen

BAR HARBOR — The winner of the poster contest for The 7th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival has been announced by the festival and “Birds Eye View Magazine.”

“Starry Night over Acadia,” by Katherine Noble Churchill of Bar Harbor, was selected from more entries submitted by more than 50 photographers and artists who submitted work showcasing the diverse ways that they were inspired by the night skies over Acadia and Down East Maine.

Noble Churchill captured a beautiful scene of a cloudless night over Acadia, reminiscent of the work of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the first artists to feature the night sky in a creative and memorable way.

“This painting was inspired by Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting, though I painted it in my own style and including Mount Desert Island,” said Noble Churchill of her image. “The stars are an artistic rendering of approximate star locations over Cadillac Mountain based on a sky map for this year’s Acadia Night Sky Festival.”

“We would like to thank all of the wonderful and talented photographers and artists that participated in this year’s contest,” a press release from the chamber of commerce said. “We were overwhelmed once again by the quality and talent that each entry demonstrated. We truly appreciate you sharing your incredible work with us, and hope that all those that entered this year will submit images for next year’s poster!”

Churchill and fellow artist Liz Cutler founded the Artwaves Studio in Bar Harbor. The organization offers art classes and provides studio space from a location in the municipal building on Cottage Street.

The festival includes nationally recognized speakers, star parties and fun for families and astronomers alike.

Visit www.acadianightskyfestival.org or email [email protected]

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