Centennial drawings

MOUNT DESERT — Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor will host a unique collection of drawings to commemorate Acadia National Park’s Centennial. The drawings were made exactly the same year that the park was inaugurated, and they have never been showcased on Mount Desert Island.

The artist, Leopold Seyffert (1887-1956), was an American portrait artist whose work was exhibited by several high-profile museums during his lifetime.

The drawings are charcoal portraits of several well-known European and American musicians who were not able to return home to Germany or Switzerland during World War I. Instead, the musicians travelled to Mount Desert Island to be with their colleagues and patrons, and perform together in the evenings.

“It was the natural beauty and the resemblance to the European countryside and coast, mountains and lakes,” said Robert Seyffert, grandson of Leopold Seyffert, “that originally drew these musicians to Seal Harbor.”

A selection of 10 portraits will be on display at Artemis as part of the “Past and Present” show. The grand opening will be on Thursday, July 28, at 5 p.m.

Contact Deirdre Swords or Cody van Heerden at 276-3001.


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