MDI: Gallery Features Turtles

BAR HARBOR — Turtles are the topic of a new mixed media show at the Alone Moose gallery, on display through Monday, July 20, featuring the work of Maine artists. The gallery, at 78 West Street, is open Monday through Saturday.

The “Turtles on the Edge” theme has a double meaning in that turtles are endangered and threatened but also that they often sun on the edge between land and water, a gallery spokesman said.

Gallery owner Ivan Rasmussen and Anita TeHennepee have painted turtles in watercolor, Linda Stearns and Mary Lyman show silk interpretations, while Rocky Mann, Judith Long and Richard Robertson have made turtles in clay.

Susan Carmichael created a table lamp showing all of the turtles that live in or visit Maine, while her husband Don has made an Eastern Box Turtle mirror. Donna-Lee Pierce Kettering shows her oil, “Painted Turtle on the Edge”.

Photographer Stan Mason from the Gallery Upstairs sent “Sun on Half Moon Pond,” a limited-edition photograph, while sculptor David Smus included a turtle in his award-wining bronze moose sculpture “Prince of Ponds.”

Gallery owners Ivan and Sherry were inspired to feature turtles by a recent visit with former Bar Island resident painter Mary Jo Perkins and her husband photographer and poet Jack. Mary Jo is licensed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to work the nesting season of Loggerhead Turtles.

For information call 288-4229.

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