Water in Transience at COA’s Blum Gallery

Whirligig Beetle, illustration by Sarah Wineberg '13
Whirligig Beetle, illustration by Sarah Wineberg '13
Posted May 28, 2013, at 12:50 p.m.

Monday, June 3 to Saturday, June 8, 2013; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - Ethel H. Blum Gallery, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

Contact: Catherine Clinger; 207-288-5015


BAR HARBOR, ME—Creatures of tide pools and vernal pools—think starfish and salamanders, sea cucumbers and sponges—have marvelous shapes and colorings, and some fascinating habits. These creatures will be the subject of the exhibit “Tidal Pools and Vernal Pools: Water in Transience” in the Blum Gallery from June 3 through 7, along with a round-up of COA senior artwork. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

For the exhibit, Wineberg is mounting drawings in walnut ink on paper created to illustrate four booklets that she has created for her senior project, which culminates the work of a COA student. These are two field guides: “A Tide Pool Field Guide for all Ages,” “A Vernal Pool Field Guide for All Ages,” and two coloring books: “Tide Pools: A Natural History Coloring Book,” and “Maine’s Own Vernal Pools: A Natural History Coloring Book.”

The guides are written to be accurate but accessible, with the coloring books serving as companions. Says Wineberg, “If a child wants to use a field guide, it is written in language they can understand without having taken high school biology. Or, as the child colors the creatures in the coloring book, an adult could read about the animal to the child.”

The creatures have some interesting habits, says Wineberg. Starfish, for instance, extrude their stomachs into prey and digest their prey from outside. Meanwhile, sponges release eggs and sperms through their heads.

The books will be sold at the gallery for $5 each. They are also available to teachers as a free download.

For more information about the exhibit in the Ethel H. Blum Gallery from June 3 to 7, “Tidal Pools and Vernal Pools: Water in Transience,” contact Wineberg at

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