Booher to share take on art



BAR HARBOR — Jennifer Steen Booher, the Acadia National Park artist-in-residence in 2015, will talk about her interdisciplinary approach to art with College of the Atlantic arts and design professor Dru Colbert at COA’s weekly Coffee and Conversation salon on Tuesday, July 26. The event takes place at Deering Common Community Center and begins at 9 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Steen Booher during one part of her Coastal Walk Project. Booher will speak at COA on July 26. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER STEEN BOOHER

Jennifer Steen Booher during one part of her Coastal Walk Project. Booher will speak at COA on July 26. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER STEEN BOOHER

Booher has been hiking, crawling and scurrying up and down ledges and cliffs as part of a multiyear art project to walk and document the shoreline of Mount Desert Island. Booher’s Coastal Walk Project and related Beachcomber photo series combine science, history, art, field ecology and writing to understand the effects of geological, historical, temporal and meteorological forces on the island home of Acadia National Park.

“I’m fascinated by the life of the shoreline and curious about everything I see, from the bedrock to the birds,” Booher said. “My work borrows a lot from scientific research methods. My walks on the beach become a poetic transect of the intertidal zone, and the items I pick up are points of intersection between myself and the life of the shore.”

Booher has explored the shoreline with marine biologists, historians, environmental consultants, ornithologists and arctic biologists. She has been accompanied by experts from the Abbe Museum, College of the Atlantic and the MDI Bio Lab, along with local business owners steeped in the history of the area. She shares maps, interviews, photos and natural history notes on her blog at JenniferBooher.com.

COA’s Coffee and Conversation Series spans the cultural, political and social issues shaping our world. Guest speakers include writers, scientists, business leaders and artists. Conversations take place weekly at College of the Atlantic’s Eden Street campus through August.

During the summer of 2016, a number of Coffee and Conversation events will focus on Acadia National Park in celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Contact Jen Hughes at jhughes@coa.edu.

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