SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Mount Desert Island native Jack Russell will speak at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m. His talk “The Civilian Conservation Corps in Acadia: One Way to View Judy Taylor’s Trail Crew” coincides with a traveling exhibit of the painting, which is currently on view at the library until Monday, June 4.
Mr. Russell was born and raised on Mount Desert Island. He has a doctorate in American studies from the Union Graduate School of Antioch. He has had a successful career in economic development and as a consultant.
In 2006, he returned to the island and now writes about the history, culture and politics of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. He is a Friends of Acadia board member and chairman of its advocacy committee.
Ms. Taylor’s painting “Trail Crew” was donated to Friends of Acadia by Bert and Suzi Zbar to be sold at the 2012 Benefit Auction on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor.
Modeled on Acadia National Park’s Civilian Conservation Corps workers of the 1930s, the painting embodies the hard work and skill of the young men who built Acadia’s trails, roads and other infrastructure.
Ms. Taylor’s work can be found in many corporate and private collections. She has exhibited nationally and teaches on Mount Desert Island and abroad.
For more information contact the library or visit www.swharbor.lib.me.us.
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