June 2019 Newsletter
Stimulation - Knowledge - Interaction - Fun
Dear Members and Friends,

We've finished up our Spring course session, the annual Art Show has ended, and we'll be taking a break from classes until late August. That doesn't mean there is nothing to do this summer!

Acadia Senior College is co-sponsoring a three part summer lecture series with the Jesup Memorial Library and the League of Women Voters entitled "Democracy: the Constitution, the Courts, and the People." See more below.

We are also bringing the award-winning documentary "Sonic Sea" to the Criterion theater on August 7 th. The screening of this important film about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution will be free and open to the public.

While it seems early to be thinking ahead to fall when summer hasn't even arrived, watch for the Fall 2019 course brochure which will be mailed the second week of July. Registration will open on July 24 th.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy as many wonderful summer events as you can, and savor this beautiful place we live in!
Janice Kenyon, ASC Administrator
Don't forget the Annual General Meeting and Potluck Supper
Wednesday, June 5th, 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you there.
Museum Field Trip
Friday, June 7th

Owls Head Transportation Museum and Farnsworth Museum

There are still a few spaces available!

The cost is $65 per person and includes transportation, entrance to both museums, and docent fees. To sign up call 288-9500 or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

Summer Lecture Series
Democracy: The Constitution,
The Courts and The People

This series of talks features three distinguished scholars
and is sponsored by
Acadia Senior College, Jesup Memorial Library,
and the League of Women Voters

Tuesday, June 25 th , 7 p.m .
"How Good are the Brakes on this Train?"
Burt Neuborne, NYU Professor of Civil Liberties

Tuesday, July 16 th , 7 p.m
“Law and Legitimacy in the Supreme Court”
Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Tuesday, August 6 th , 7 p.m
"Saving America Once Again - Comparing the Tea Party
and the anti-Trump Resistance"
Theda Skocpol, Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard

All lectures will be at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor.

"Sonic Sea" Documentary

Save the Date
for this Important Film

Wednesday, August 7 th
Criterion Theater, Bar Harbor
7:00 p.m.

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life.

But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. "Sonic Sea" is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.

Annual Art Show Review
by Ann Caswell
Close to one hundred Acadia Senior College members and their guests enjoyed the opening reception for our Annual Art Show at Northeast Harbor Library on the evening of May third. The Membership and Volunteers Committee set out a delightful array of hors d'oeuvres and wines. Our site partners were recognized and thanked for making our Island-wide “campus” possible by offering spaces for our classrooms.
The Art Committee - Sydney Roberts, Susan Lerner, Melita Westerlund, and Noreen Hunter - curated an unusually diverse collection, as well as leading the way with this year's theme: “Conversations.” We were welcomed through a bright, flowing, translucent archway fashioned from repurposed half-inch wide plastic strips. These were the remains of projects by Window Dressers – a non-profit group that helps Mainers make their homes more fuel-efficient. The Committee stated that they intended the archway to stimulate a “Conversation” about climate change and plastics pollution “that threaten all we hold dear.”
Below: Nat Fenton
Many of the artists exhibited works that presented the Conversation theme literally, such as Nat Fenton's photograph of Ashley Bryan and Phoebe Milliken conversing under a painting (by the late Phil Steel, a frequent contributor to past ASC Art Shows) of two women seated on a bench, also chatting. Other conversations depicted were Rita Redfield's wood carving of a mother and child, Janice Kenyon's quilted birds saying “Squawk Less, Listen More,” and George Soules's inkjet print photo “Can You Hear Me Now,” which captured an animated young woman on her cell phone
Other conversations were more subtle: Margot Haertel displayed work by four generations of her family, communicating through original poems. Lydia Goetze presented two black and white photos of iconic national park scenes – one from Yosemite and one from China, which perhaps said to each other, “Two cultures, one Earth.” Melita Westerlund's four heads, each the same, yet each different, sculpted using different materials (such as burdocks in one, lichen in another) invited us to wonder what they might say to each other. And Sydney Roberts's huge piece hanging from the ceiling, also composed of window dressing detritus, glowing from within by tiny wire lights, was titled “Conversation Piece.” The day I was there, a young child was asking her mother if it was a jellyfish!
Another implied conversation was a fascinating display of work by seven members of Judith Berger-Gossarts ASC class “Introduction to Hooking.” Each class participant had begun with the same outline, a map of Mount Desert Island, and each had designed her own interpretation of this familiar shape. This presentation showed not only what an ASC art class can accomplish, but also invited us to think of what we share in common and what we bring as individuals to a “conversation.”
Above: Roc Caivano
The ASC Art Exhibit was displayed in the Mellon Room of the NEH Library during the month of May. Visitors were able to enjoy these conversations in many different, sometimes surprising, media. These ranged from a large oil painting of bathers at Sand Beach by Roc Caivano to a Tennessee music box fashioned from a clementine box by Wanda Wright. Works included those done as sculpture, photograph, cut glass collage, fabric, oil painting, mixed-media collage, wood carving, papier mache, water color, pen and ink, gelprint, and more.
Above: Carol Friedman
Above: Jeff Dunn
Above: Shira Singer
Above: Bonnie Chase
The College was very proud and excited to exhibit work by those mentioned above as well as from: Lili Andrews, Fred Benson, Judith Bradshaw-Brown, Bonnie Chase, Leza Colquhoun, Laureen Donnelly, Jeff Dunn, Sugar Fenton, Jean Forbes, Carol Friedman, Gabrielle Graham, Paul Haertel, Sharyn Hastings, Sandra Henderson, Noreen Hunter, Janice Janes, Ellen Kappes, Susan Lerner, David Manski, Linda Martin, Nancy McKay, Ellen Pope, Shira Singer, Roberta Sprague, and Curtis Wells.
Thank you Camden National Bank for sponsoring our Opening Reception and Member Appreciation Party!

Thank you also to all our partners and site venues:

Abbe Museum, ArtWaves, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust,
Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, Camden National Bank, Church of Our Father, Dorr Museum of Natural History, Harbor House,
Machias Savings Bank, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, MDI Hospital, Northeast Harbor Library, NEH Neighborhood House,
Seal Cove Auto Museum, Sips, St. John Episcopal Church,
St. Saviour's Parish, Southwest Harbor Public Library,
The First, Wendell Gilley Museum
*** Thank you Spring 2019 Instructors ***
You know we can't do this without you!

Michael Blythe, Judith Burger-Gossart, Mary Burnard, Liz Cutler,
Ben Emory, Nat Fenton, Bob Gallon, Mike Hastings, Jack Russell,
Andrea Lepcio, Ward MacKenzie, Michael Wiles

Spring Appeal
Our Spring 2019 Appeal is underway. To make an online donation click here. Quick easy, and secure.

If you wish to donate by check, please send to ASC, PO Box 120, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.
Looking for Volunteers
Volunteers are the backbone of Acadia Senior College! All of our instructors, committee members, Directors and lecturers are volunteers. But did you know there are lots of other opportunities to get involved?

We need people to help with mailings (brochures and letters), event planning and setup, brochure distribution, and more. Please contact us if you are interested in helping out. Call 288-9500 or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org
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