Blue Hill Library Exhibit: The Work of Eliot Sweet
May 1 - July 31
For the months of May, June and July, the Blue Hill Public Library will be hosting a retrospective exhibit showcasing the works of local Blue Hill artisan Eliot Sweet (10/16/1906-7/18/2000). The exhibit will be available for viewing in the Howard Room glass cases and will feature a collection of various pieces Eliot created throughout the course of his life. Included will be wood art, pottery, carved and turned objects and a handful of paintings, showing Eliot’s wide skill set and artistic talents, curated by his granddaughter Kathleen Murray.
Having been born and died in Blue Hill, Eliot is a fixture in the town’s history, due in part to his endless curiosity. Referred to by friends and family as a “classic Mainer,” Eliot spent much of his time working with his hands and finding uses for items or bits of nature he didn’t want to see wasted, which led to a life of creativity and artistry. His many talents included building boats, furniture, toys and violins, as well as carving animal sculptures and building clocks made from recycled parts.
According to his granddaughter Kathleen, “My interest in Eliot makes me chuckle a bit. I live with all of these various works of art and utilitarian pieces every day of my life. He was a very important part of Blue Hill while he was alive. Doing everything from making and upholstering furniture to carving birds and animals, in addition to being part of the art community from its birth. The majority of the show will consist of a myriad of crafted things made by my grandfather.”
All are welcome to visit the library to view this retrospective exhibit in the Howard Room.
For more information, call the library at 374-5515.