New collection by Patrisha McLean features portraits of Maine islanders
June 15, 2015
Angus, 11: "Islesboro is only three miles by sea and eight miles from our house [in Camden], but it smells and feels different. That lightness. We don't have any of our burdens from here. We're so close to the mainland but instantly—poof!—Magic Land." —W. Hodding Carter, Angus's father.
Patrisha McLean's My Island is a celebration of summer and year-round Maine island children, with more than 100 duotone portraits. The 160-page book—five years and countless ferry rides in the making, she says—is distributed by Islandport Press and is a follow-up to Maine Street, the award-winning 2010 book celebrating the people in her hometown of Camden.
McLean will sign copies of her book on Islesboro on Thursday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at Artisan Books and on Vinalhaven on Saturday, July 25, from noon until 2 p.m.
The two men were friends. According to Wyeth, they first met in 1950 when Ruohomaa knocked on his door. Their friendship was based on mutual admiration, but they also shared an artistic sensibility: both of them depicted Maine and Mainers with a clear yet poetic eye.