“Moss and Lichen Forest,” by Tom Blagden, is among the photographs of Acadia National Park featured in “Glaciers to Granite: Acadia – A Centennial Celebration,” at College of the Atlantic's Ethel H. Blum Gallery.“Moss and Lichen Forest,” by Tom Blagden, is among the photographs of Acadia National Park featured in “Glaciers to Granite: Acadia – A Centennial Celebration,” at College of the Atlantic's Ethel H. Blum Gallery.

“Glaciers to Granite: Acadia – A Centennial Celebration” showcases Acadia’s raw beauty, from the bald mountain summits to deep forest valleys, to pounding ocean and silent coves. The show, co-sponsored by Friends of Acadia (FOA), runs through the end of August.

Tom Blagden Jr. is a professional nature photographer and author. His latest book, “Acadia National Park: a Centennial Celebration,” features 150 stunning photographs and essays
by Dayton Duncan, who co-produced the documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea with Ken Burns; David Rockefeller Jr., who is the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family; and Sheridan Steele, the former superintendent of Acadia National Park (ANP). The book celebrates the essence of Acadia and offers a journey into its past, present, and future.

 Blum Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blagden will discuss his work during an evening event, also co-hosted by FOA, at COA on Monday, August 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is up until August 25.

Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration (Rizzoli, 2016, in partnership with FOA) is the official book of Maine’s treasured and New England’s only national park, on the occasion of the park’s centennial.

“Soft Surf on Coast with Islands,” by Tom Blagden, is among the photographs of Acadia National Park featured in “Glaciers to Granite: Acadia – A Centennial Celebration,” at College of the Atlantic's Ethel H. Blum Gallery through August.“Soft Surf on Coast with Islands,” by Tom Blagden, is among the photographs of Acadia National Park featured in “Glaciers to Granite: Acadia – A Centennial Celebration,” at College of the Atlantic's Ethel H. Blum Gallery through August.

Created in 1916, and encompassing 45,000 acres on two islands and a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, ANP is a jewel of granite mountains, filigreed coastlines, unique cultural resources, dazzling night skies, and precious communities of plant and animal life. Drawing more than 2.5 million visitors each year, Acadia is one of the ten most popular national parks in the United States.

The only illustrated book officially published with the Friends of Acadia, this stunning portfolio of photographs reveals Acadia’s diverse habitats and brings home the contrasts of pounding ocean and silent coves, bald mountain summits and deep forest valleys, as never before seen.The essays convey the unseen story of Acadia: its history as a national park; the critical role of the founding families in its creation; the past and current importance of private stewardship; and its status as a unique park forged in a particular time and place in history. 

Since it’s founding in 1969, the COA community has enjoyed a rich, collaborative relationship with Acadia National Park, conducting myriad research projects within its borders, working with planners, rangers, and scientists, developing interpretive exhibits, and utilizing our innovative educational approach to train the next generation of conservation leaders.