Artist Donates $10,000 to Sea Coast Mission

MOUNT DESERT — Artist and Seal Harbor summer resident Leslie Fogg has donated $10,000 from the sale of her paintings to the Maine Sea Coast Mission.

The gift is designated for the Mission’s EdGE program, an after-school youth development program at Narraguagus High School in Harrington and nine middle schools in coastal Hancock and Washington counties.

Every two years, Ms. Fogg has a one-day show of her paintings on the lawn next to The Cottage shop on Main Street in Northeast Harbor. Jennifer Richardson, who owns that shop and the Romantic Room stores, donates the space.

This is the third time that Ms. Fogg has given $10,000 from the show’s sales to the Mission.

The EdGE program encourages students to stay engaged in school, to strive toward higher levels of achievement and to develop interpersonal and leadership skills. Students can pursue various areas of interest including the arts, science and technology, math and languages.

Rev. Scott Planting, executive director of the Sea Coast Mission, said he recently learned that the Mission’s financial auditor, who grew up in Jonesport, is a graduate of the EdGE program.

“She said, ‘I was in the first EdGE class 10 years ago, and it changed my life. I went on to Husson College, got a CPA and now work for this auditing company.’”

At Narraguagus High School, there is an EdGE-sponsored mentoring program in which seniors mentor freshmen.

“That was one of the things that drew me to it,” Ms. Fogg said. “They’re doing a fabulous job.”

Originally from New York City, Ms. Fogg taught art in private high schools there for a number of years. She now lives eight months a year in Naples, Fla., where she paints mostly in oil. In Seal Harbor, she paints watercolors.

“I don’t know why,” she said. “Maybe it’s the difference in light.”

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