Drawings of Local Landmarks Featured in Library Sale



BUCKSPORT — Snag a piece of local art and support the Buck Memorial Library during an art sale May 21 and 22.

Buck Memorial Library Trustees Natalie McFarland and Robert Blake display some of the Ed Des Jardins drawings to be sold in an upcoming library benefit. — ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD
Buck Memorial Library Trustees Natalie McFarland and Robert Blake display some of the Ed Des Jardins drawings to be sold in an upcoming library benefit. — ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY CYNDI WOOD
Artist and Bucksport native Ed Des Jardins has donated 65 detailed drawings, prints and other works to the library.

 

Prices for the pieces, which depict landmarks and homes in Bucksport, Castine and Orland, range from $30 to $70. Proceeds will benefit ongoing restoration of the library façade.

The library needs to raise at least $200,000 to replace two walls in the circa-1887 building.

Four deteriorating walls have been replaced since work began in 2006.

Library Trustee Natalie McFarland said Des Jardins used to take refuge at the library during his childhood in Bucksport.

After graduating from Bucksport High School and completing a tour in the U.S. Air Force, Des Jardins took night classes at the Boston Architectural Center while working full time in the Harvard University planning office. He later enrolled in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

At Harvard, he met architecture professor Benjamin Thompson and later joined Thompson’s Cambridge firm. Des Jardins worked with Thompson on reviving Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. That success led the firm to the South Street Seaport project in New York City and work on the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.

Des Jardins, who lives outside of Boston, serves on the board of the Georgetown (Mass.) Historical Society and is chairman of the local historical commission.

The art sale will be held Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library on Main Street in Bucksport. A reception will be held for the artist from 3 to 5 p.m. May 21.

For more arts & entertainment news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

 

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