September 29, 2013

Letters to the editor: Park plan, forest group linked

You published a story Sept. 15 titled, "Roxanne Quimby's son offers new hope for national park plan." Shortly after, ReStore posted a comment on their Facebook page with a link to a similar Bangor Daily News article. The comment above the link said, "Major progress toward a Maine Woods national park!"

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The Seboeis River runs through Elliotsville Plantation Inc.’s northern Maine land. It’s doubtful Elliotsville’s vow to maintain local access will be honored if the land becomes a national park, a reader says.

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No surprise, but rather ironic considering this is the first post on their page since April and the fact that Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and Quimby have been trying to convince people that she has "stepped away" from ReStore.

Quimby, a former board member, has been a staunch supporter of ReStore for many years. I do not believe she has abandoned her wish for this park proposal to be, in her words, a "seed" for ReStore any more than she will ever abandon her quest for the park.

Roxanne Quimby owns the land and does have the right to do as she pleases with it. But when it comes to turning it over to the federal government, the people of Maine have a right to reject this proposal.

The federal government will not be responsible for promises from Elliotsville Plantation. If the park is allowed, there will be nothing but more broken promises to the people of Maine.

Elliotsville Plantation may have a "kinder" approach and a new face, but the only things new about it are the tactics involved.

Unless you want to see Roxanne Quimby plant her "seed" for ReStore, don't be blinded by the false light Elliotsville Plantation is shining.

Kathy Gagnon


Review alerts printmaker to work of 'master' in field

Thank you for alerting me to the exhibition at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery ("Daniel Kany: Postcards from the great Thomas Cornell," Sept. 15). The stunning reproductions of Thomas Cornell's graphics in the Maine Sunday Telegram made a trip into Portland from Chebeague Island an important destination.

I studied printmaking at Pratt Institute and have for years worked in the Discover Graphics Atelier in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va. I am a member of Printmakers Inc. Gallery at the art center.

I was thrilled to see the beautiful work of this master, of whom I knew nothing. As noted in the review, his technical mastery of etching, dry point, engraving and lithography is awe-inspiring; his drawings of animals, and the human figure, also masterful.

One note on the review's description of the lithographic medium: Wax is not part of the process.

Lithography, a more recent technique than engraving or etching, was invented in Prague by Alois Senefelder in the late 1700s. It actually was discovered quite accidentally, as a means of reproducing plays and sheet music. Its potential as an artist's medium quickly followed.

The process is based on the principle that oil and water do not mix. Drawing on the prepared limestone is done with an oil crayon or oil-based ink. The stone is covered with a film of water while oil-based ink is rolled onto the image and then printed. Gum arabic mixed with acid sets the grease in the image prior to printing.

Cornell used both lithographic crayon and ink in the lithographs at the gallery, including a splattering of oily ink for texture. The exhibit should delight all those who love drawing, animals and graphics!

Avis Fleming Hodge

Middleburg, Va.

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