This painting of old Somesville by Katherine Noble Churchill is part of an exhibit at the Northeast Harbor Library that opens July 1. IMAGE COURTESY OF KATHERINE NOBLE CHURCHILL

Exhibit hitches horses to art history

MOUNT DESERT — An Art and Equine History exhibit opens in the Northeast Harbor Library Mellon Room on Friday, July 1. An opening reception with spirits and appetizers will take place from 6-8 p.m. following an Acadia Trad School concert.

As part of the Acadia Centennial, artists Liz Cutler and Katherine Noble Churchill have teamed up to present paintings from locations frequented by the original early century plein-air (outside) artists on Mount Desert Island or inspired by historical photos of Mount Desert Island that include horses and carriages. Along with the paintings, Howie Motenko also will show a few of his photos of Acadia National Park.

Churchill and Cutler share studio space in the Bar Harbor Municipal building.

Cutler is completing her masters degree in art and runs ArtWaves Community Art Center on Main Street in Bar Harbor. Visit She can be found painting plein air and was inspired to create paintings from locations frequented by the original plein-air artists visiting Mount Desert Island.

Churchill was inspired to create paintings from Mount Desert Island historical photos with equine subjects, as she has a background in horsemanship, dressage and combined training. She finds the role of the horse in everyday life a century ago quite amazing, difficult and sometimes humorous all at the same time.

The exhibition runs until July 30. All are welcome.

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