Nature, the Muse: Art Events in August

July 26, 2017

The natural world has long inspired artists of all kinds, from 19th century plein air painting to marquetry, a wood inlay technique of piecing together thin wood cutouts into beautiful, multi-shaded images. Swing by AMC Highland Center throughout August to see the special exhibit, “Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art,” or explore the role of artists in American land conservation at a two-day symposium being held at Colby College in central Maine, August 3-4.

Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art

Mt. Madison and Madison Spring Hut
Craig AltobelloStories in Wood: White Mountain Art, by artist Craig Altobello

The AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch is the setting for the June 23-Aug. 28 exhibition, Stories in Wood: White Mountain Artby artist Craig Altobello. For this exhibit, which is free and open to the public, the artist expresses his love for hiking in artwork that captures the adventure and natural history of the White Mountains. His colorful wood panels are created primarily from North American woods and include landscapes, birds, alpine flowers, and mammals native to the Northern Forest, as well as huts, rock cairns, and dramatic skies. Learn more and see the exhibit >>

Art & Land Conservation Symposium: Exploring the role of artists in American land conservation

Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp
Frederic Edwin Church (United States, 1826–1900), Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895

A two-day symposium will explore the critical role that 19th and 20th century visual artists played in the American conservation movement, and consider how their work can inform land conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and policymakers in addressing contemporary pressures on the American landscape. Organized by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Maine Arts Commission, the symposium will take place on August 3-4 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, preceding the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 2017 conference, co-hosted by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Maine Chapter of the AMC. Learn more>> and register>>

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