November Exhibit: Paintings by Katie Churchill & Photographs by George Sanker

A new exhibit featuring wildlife and animals will be on display at the Northeast Harbor Library November 1-30th featuring the up-close captures of wildlife photographer George Sanker and animals in the landscape by fine art painter Katherine Noble Churchill (both residents of Mount Desert Island).

The artwork is accompanied by fascinating notes about each animal and the artist’s inspiration and process.  The two artists also collaborate as Sanker shares his work with Churchill who has painted from several of his amazing bird compositions.  “Photography is important to my painting process for interpreting the posture and anatomy of the bird or animal, especially if they are to be captured correctly in action,” says Churchill.

“There are few things in life I love more than waiting in the shadows of the day’s first light, at the edge of a mountain stream or pond, a clearing in an ancient forest, a pristine ocean cove, or a secluded black water swamp, for a spectacular wild animal to emerge from the early morning mist.  Often, no animal appears, but, when one does, maybe a moose or bear, an eagle or otter, perhaps a heron, I feel incredibly alert and alive.  At that moment, all that matters is what I observe before me.”

The photography of George Sanker has been featured in the premier nature and wilderness publications in the United States and the world, including those of the National Geographic Society, National Audubon Society, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, Barnes & Noble, and many more.

“As an artist, resident, and active outdoor enthusiast on Mount Desert Island, I am most inspired by the influence of light, reflections, and color harmony in the landscape. My paintings are a combination of impressionism and painterly realism reflecting feelings from my initial inspiration along with the learning and discovery that develops during the process of closely observing the subject.  My love of art and science keeps me inspired to continue learning while developing artistic sight and freedom.” Ge

Katherine, “Katie,” is an active member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Academy of Equine Art who does both studio and plein air work while offering a specialty in equine commissions.

To view more of their work online, visit their websites at and or follow each on Instagram.

There will be a reception open to the public on Thursday, November 3rd, from 4 to 6 pm at the library. All are welcome!

The exhibit is available for viewing whenever the Mellon Room is free during library hours. If you are making a special trip to see the exhibit, please call ahead to check availability at 207 276 3333. If you have questions about the exhibits at the Northeast Harbor Library you can contact Kate Young at or 207 276 3333.

Featured Image: “Kick Off Your Shoes,” by Katie Churchill

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Northeast Harbor Library
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Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662

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