Part of the Mount Desert Island community for nearly 40 years, Ellen Kappes is a watercolor artist who also worked with silk-screening. For about 25 years, she specialized in silk-screening, designing and producing notecards and postcards, and larger limited-edition serigraphs of these iconic motifs. The technique of silk-screening allowed her to focus on the essential nature of a subject.
The natural beauty and grandeur of the park inspires her as she returns again and again to favorite sites. She likes to work outdoors in order feel the atmosphere of what it is about a place that speaks to her. She says, “in a way, I go into a location while I am there. I absorb it and, afterwards when I return to it, I feel a special kinship with it.”
To commemorate the Park’s 100th anniversary, Ellen is offering for sale one of her larger 16” X 20” (when matted) limited-edition silk screens composed while sitting on the rocks at Otter Cliffs, just below the area where Ocean Drive divides in two. She was moved by the magnificent view of the mountains across the water. To her it represents basic elements of Acadia National Park: the clear air, the dynamic mountains as they come down to the shore and the ocean, the stately trees, and underlying it all, the sheltering rocks. The price for a matted serigraph is $55; framed, $90. It is available from the artist at her studio in Northeast Harbor.
She will donate 40% of the proceeds from sales of this serigraph to Friends of Acadia and 30% to Island Housing Trust.
PO Box 306
44 Summit Road
Northeast Harbor, Maine 04660