A painting that captures a cairn atop a mountain, islands in the Atlantic, and even blueberries, has been chosen to serve as the logo for Acadia National Park's upcoming centennial.
The logo for the centennial in 2016 was unveiled earlier this week by representatives from the park and Friends of Acadia at a meeting of the Acadia Centennial Partners. The logo, designed by Catherine Breer of Freeport, Maine, was the winner of the nationwide Centennial Logo Contest sponsored by the partner organizations. Her design was selected anonymously by a judging panel of representatives from the park, the friends group, and the Centennial Task Force that has been planning for the 2016 celebration.
In introducing the logo, Acadia Centennial Task Force co-chair Cookie Horner remarked that the logo's goals were to represent the centennial slogan of 'Celebrate our past; Inspire our future' and also include an iconic image of Acadia. Ms. Breer met that challenge by featuring a historic Bates Cairn and a distant view from one of Acadia's mountain-summit hiking trails, along with native blueberries that are so closely associated with Acadia and the Maine coast. As such, the judges concluded, the logo gives a nod to past, present, and future in a visually eye-catching design.
'I have been coming to Acadia since my children were small, always camping at the same campground on Somes Sound. We have hiked the Bubbles, eaten popovers at the Jordan House, listened to the waves crash at Thunder Hole, swum at Echo Lake, and taken in the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain," said Ms. Breer in explaining what motivated her design. "The natural beauty and diversity of Acadia never ceases to amaze me, and has always been an inspiration to me as an artist. To be part of the preservation of this magical place is both an honor and a privilege.'
Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia invite organizations and businesses in the Acadia region and nationwide to help celebrate the 2016 centennial of Acadia National Park's founding by becoming an Acadia Centennial Partner. Any organization or business that feels it has or wishes to build its own good relationship with Acadia National Park and commits to develop an event, program, or product to help celebrate Acadia's Centennial can be an Acadia Centennial Partner.
The partners will be at the heart of the centennial'generating and orchestrating a year-long celebration to mark 100-plus years of world-class conservation, inspire and launch the next century of stewardship at Acadia, and model a strong relationship between a national park and its surrounding communities. Each partner will conceive, design, support, and publicize their distinct contribution to the celebration, with organization, planning, and publicity provided by the Acadia Centennial Task Force. More than 40 partners have already signed on, including'in addition to Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia'the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, College of the Atlantic, the City of Ellsworth, the Gallery at Somes Sound, Jackson Laboratory, Jesup Memorial Library, Northeast Harbor Library, Bass Harbor Library, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, MDI Biological Laboratory, MDI Historical Society, the Mount Desert Islander, Schoodic Arts for All, the Schoodic Institute, and Seal Cove Auto Museum.
To get started in becoming an Acadia Centennial Partner, contact either or both of the co-chairs of the Acadia Centennial Task Force: Cookie Horner (207-288-3543 or [email protected]) and Jack Russell (207-244-5394 or [email protected]). Or contact Friends of Acadia Conservation Director Stephanie Clement (207-288-3340 or [email protected]).