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Thoreau’s Visit to the Maine Woods Depicted in an Art Exhibit

Posted March 01, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.

The Blue Hill Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of a special exhibit about Henry David Thoreau’s visit to the Maine Woods by noted Maine artist Beth Henderson of Belfast. The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s Britton Gallery during the month of March. Beth was a student of the Maine Naturalist Program during its 2012-2013 session, learning all about Maine natural history and how to interpret it to the public. The culmination of the course focused on a Capstone Project designed to express some of what she had learned from the Maine Naturalist Program.

Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s travels in Maine, Beth has created a series of two- and three-dimensional pieces illustrating where in Maine Thoreau traveled, his documentation of the plants and wildlife he discovered, as well as his habits and practices as a naturalist.

Beth Henderson is a sculptor, and says that the focus of her work has changed over time from stone and wood sculpture to encaustic (hot wax applied to a surface) and mixed media. Most of her training has been in education, including a certificate of advanced study from Harvard University, but she has done several summer courses at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She participates in shows around Maine, New England and other parts of the country.

The exhibit will be available for viewing during library hours starting March 3rd. For more information, call the library at 374-5515.

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