Serondes to share their lives as art


Adele Seronde and her daughter Jeanne Perkins are just two of the 12 members of the Seronde family who will be exhibiting their talents at an open studio event this weekend on the Bayside Road in Bar Harbor.

BAR HARBOR — Adele Seronde of Bar Harbor has given the world of art a lifetime of talent and passion. From early childhood, she knew she would continue the then, six-generation family legacy of becoming an artist.

In her near nine decades, Seronde has produced an impressive collection of big, bold, impressionist land and seascapes and still-life paintings which are represented in private collections and public buildings across the country. That’s in addition to several books of poetry, and spiritual enlightenment, and, oh yes, she is currently working on a book about improving the country’s educational system.

Throughout her prolific painting career. she also has been an indefatigable activist promoting the arts here in Maine, her native Massachusetts and in her winter home in Sedona, Ariz.

So one might say she has given the arts her all, but actually that’s not all folks. Seronde has also found time to raise and eventually mentor five children and many grandchildren, several of whom have become artists themselves. Some continue to live and work here on Mount Desert Island.

This weekend, Aug. 30 and 31, Seronde is opening her light-filled studio at 386 Bayview Drive to exhibit her own paintings, as well as the artistic endeavors of a dozen others, representing three generations of her family.

Among the featured artists will be other painters, a furniture maker, a couple of photographers, a jeweler, a textile artist, a walking stick carver and two filmmakers. Music for the occasion will be provided by Seronde’s granddaughter Katherine Perkins, who many might recall from her turns on the Higgins-Demas stage before graduating MDI High School in 2007.

Katherine Perkins’ mother, Jeanne Seronde Perkin, is a multi-media artist who lives and works in Mount Desert; her brother Jacob is hard at work finishing a table he is making for the show, and her sister Isabella, who expresses her creativity with needlecraft, is currently busy with a two-week-old baby. The baby may well represent the next generation of the Herter/Seronde family of artists.

The exhibit will be open from 1-5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday with the musical performance at 3 p.m.

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.