BUCKSPORT, Maine — Bucksport native son Ed DesJardins, well-known for his precise drawings of landmarks and homes in Bucksport, Castine and surrounding areas, has announced a gift of 65 pieces of art, original and prints, to the Buck Memorial Library. These pieces will be offered for sale to the public at attractive prices, to benefit the ongoing restoration of the library facade.
DesJardins has shown a long-standing passion for historic preservation and architectural designs that complement and respect historic cityscapes while creating new works. After his graduation from Bucksport High School and a tour in the Air Force, DesJardins took night classes at the Boston Architectural Center while working full time in the Harvard University planning office.
From the BAC, he enrolled in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is on the board of the Georgetown Historical Society in Massachusetts and serves as chairman of the local Historical Commission.
As a student at Harvard, DesJardins met architecture professor Benjamin Thompson and
subsequently joined his Cambridge-based firm. DesJardins worked with Thompson on Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace, turning a deteriorating mercantile slum into a premiere destination for tourists and residents and helping to ignite an economic revival in the city. That success led his firm to the South Street Seaport project in New York City and work on the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.
The Buck Memorial Library is fortunate to be the recipient of this “generous and innovative gift,” library officials said. All are welcome to attend the sale of the artwork 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at the library on Main Street.
DesJardins’ works can be previewed Wednesday through Friday, May 18-20, at the library. During preview week, bids at silent auction will be taken for a chance to win DesJardins’ 14-by-32-inch original graphite drawing of the ship Providence, docked in Bucksport harbor. The winning bid will be announced May 22. Call Buck Memorial Library, 469-2650, for further details.