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“Acadia National Park”, Maine — Somesville.

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by Anura Guruge


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Somesville‘, a year-round residential village, is not within Acadia National Park per se (as is also the case with Bar Harbor and the other two ‘Harbors‘). But its is adjacent and you will have to really go the very long way if you don’t go through it trying to get to the western section of ‘the Park’ (on Mount Desert Island).

Somesville, as reflected in the name, is on the shores of the majestic ‘Somes Sound‘, the large fjord that neatly cleaves the Island in half — this also the ONLY fjord on the East Coast. Though small in comparison to ‘Northeast Harbor‘, ‘Southwest Harbor‘ or even ‘Bernard’ you really can’t miss Somesville. It hits you, VISUALLY, with impact of a 2×4 smacking you between your eyes!

It starts with an arched white wooden bridge across a small lily pond — very reminiscent of a Monet. And then you run into the blankets of vivid color, either side of the road, from cleverly planted and expertly tended beds of annuals. It is like ‘Christmas Light Wars’ done with aplomb with flowers. It is breathtaking. Very friendly place too. The residents, quite rightly, are very proud of their village and, of course, realize that they are very lucky to be able to live their — in this wonderland.

These pictures really don’t do adequate justice to this delightful place. YOU have to go see it yourself — ideally in August or early September when the blooms are in their full glory.



Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH – Well Worth A Visit, Small, But A Resplendent Gem

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Jan Gossart

Yesterday we visited the Currier and had a wonderful museum experience. It is a small collection, but they have some outstanding works (by the likes of Monet, Constable, Degas, Picasso, Edwin Church, Homer, O’Keeffe, Wyeth), very well presented in a tranquil, conducive setting. I had been to the Currier before, but that was about 6 years ago. I was suitably impressed on that visit too. Since then they have done some major renovation. I had remembered the ‘man with a hat’, the Gossart, from my prior visit. I was looking forward to seeing it. I was not disappointed. I love the way the texture and the decorations on the hat are captured. I always find Constable arresting; the brushwork is divine.

Emile Meyer

To my delight I discovered another painter, the French Emile Meyer,  of amusing cardinal pictures to complement Francesco Brunery. There European collection, though limited, is a gem. I could spend hours just in that gallery.

Siri, by Wyth. Not at the Currier. But she is my wife’s Aunt.

My wife got a kick from seeing a Wyeth; a 1950s painting of an ol’ rowing skiff used for lobstering. She, a daughter of lobsterman, as a ’10 year’ old knew Wyeth who was a neighbor in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth used to give her quarters to buy candy. ‘Siri‘ that he often painted, c. 1970, was her Aunt by marriage. [Talking of ‘regional’ art museums I am a great fan of the Farnsworth in Rockland, ME (Wyeth’s museum so to speak) — and wish they would let me write a book about how they acquired their initial collection thanks to a little red checkbook.]

My favorite, serendipitous, find yesterday was James Aponovich, a local, still alive (5 years older than me), still-life artist. There were two of his works on display and they took my breath away. Wow. I became an instant fan. Came home and bookmarked some of his works. This was one of the two that were on display yesterday.


The bottom line here is that I strongly recommend that if you like art and want to have a glorious few hours in a quiet, airy, beautifully laid out museum think about visiting the Currier in Manchester. It is ‘inexpensive’ too — with many specials that you can find on the Web (such as two for $10, with kids always free).


In case you are wondering what experience I have of art museums, other than the Farnsworth, I will have to confess that as somebody who has lived in Paris and London, and used to bum around the worlf quite a bit since he was 14, I have done my share of museums, especially art museums. I was trying to work it out; I am sure I have visited the Lourve at least 25 times. I even used to have a 17 minute tour of the Lourve for visitors from Ceylon who wanted to say that they had ‘done the Lourve’ but didn’t want to spend too much time doing so. I was at the d’Orsay shortly after it opened. I have also toured the Hermitage. Closer to ‘home’ I visited the Getty the year it was open and go to the Met whenever I can. I once had to write an IT Case Study on MoMA and enjoyed visiting it after I had written the piece. As with the Met, I am no stranger to the museums on the Mall in D.C. Off the top of my head I also know that I have visited the key art museums in Brussels, Geneva, Albany and Boston. So, I have seen enough art museums to have some appreciation. All the best. Cheers.

P.S., I have also written a children’s book on artists, ‘Teischan’s ABC Book of Great Artists‘.