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"Acadian Perspectives" exhibit on display at UMFK

February 17, 2005

February 17, 2006

The University of Maine at Fort Kent Blake Library Art Gallery is featuring an exhibit entitled "Acadian Perspectives" by artist and alumnus Thomas Bouchard.

His work will be on display until March 1, 2006.

Bouchard's prime motivation for his landscape photography comes from being born and brought up in an area with ample forests, fields, and lakes.

"In my native town of Fort Kent, Maine, we find all of this. A discriminating eye for landscapes was further enhanced by my technical forestry training at UMFK, as well as earning my bachelor degree in university studies in 1986," said Bouchard.

According to Bouchard, "Many thanks go out to my dad, 'Butch' Bouchard, for showing me the subsistence arts of fishing, gardening, hunting, and picking fiddleheads on the Allagash and St. John Rivers. My mom, Yolande Thibodeau-Bouchard, who kept her family well fed while imparting them with her knowledge of Acadian cooking " "On n'oubliront pas toutes les bonnes ploys manger."

Over the last two decades, the best of his photography work has come from traveling extensively to New York, California, lower St. Lawrence River and Temiscouata, Quebec.

"The interplay of light on the waterways and hills enabled me to focus on what really counts in nature," said Bouchard. "To bring out the best in landscaping photography, we leave nature as it should be, without human props. Like Ansel Adams' photos, nature is left in her bare essence, that's true beauty."

Bouchard's collection can be viewed in the Blake Library Gallery Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For more information contact Sophia Birden, gallery curator at 834-7527.