BAR HARBOR — Adele Seronde, an artist, poet and a longtime summer resident of Mount Desert Island, will be signing copies and reading from her book, “Our Sacred Garden” on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Shore Path Cottage, 24 Atlantic Ave. The collection includes Ms. Seronde’s paintings, poetry, essays, quotations about nature’s centrality in our lives, photographs and profiles of the many friends and colleagues who share her passion and devotion to celebrating and protecting the natural environment.
Ms. Seronde is proud of the fact that she represents the fourth generation of six generations of artists.
She arrived in Salisbury Cove as a newlywed in 1945 with her husband Dr. Joseph Seronde and built her present home on land that was given to her by her father-in-law. The house, which still uses kerosene for electricity and testifies to Ms. Seronde’s ecological commitment, is full of the sounds and creative endeavors of her five children.
Ms. Seronde’s journey continued at the Madeira School and Bennington College in Vermont. At Bennington she studied poetry, and met her lifelong friend and celebrated fellow painter Thistle Brown, owner of the Wingspread Gallery in Northeast Harbor that was destroyed by fire in 2009.
In 1995 Ms. Seronde started Gardens for Humanity, based in Sedona, Ariz., a project that exemplifies Ms. Seronde’s belief that “a garden represents one of the most enjoyable ways we can help heal the earth and each other.”
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