Finale for ‘Giants’ benefit show

Jun 18, 2014
Eric Evans, Breeding Coordinator for the Maine Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, and artist Coreysha Stone stand with one of her tree paintings.

Whitefield — During the month of June, Sheepscot General Store, 98 Townhouse Road, is hosting "Bringing Back the Giants of the Forest," an art show to benefit The American Chestnut Foundation's Maine Chapter. Artist Coreysha Stone’s acrylic paintings depict the American Chestnut tree, burs, nuts and leaves throughout the seasons.

The show will culminate Sunday, June 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a final presentation titled The Return of the American Chestnut by Eric Evans, TACF representative. The event is free and open to the public.

Evans’ talk will focus on the nearing completion of a breeding program that is developing blight resistant AC trees, with hopes to restore populations beginning in 2020. Historically, the AC tree has had a profound impact on ecosystems from Maine to Florida and after the blight took effect in the 1900s, this extremely valuable resource was decimated. Since 1983, TACF has been coordinating a six-generation breeding program to develop regionally adapted disease-resistant chestnuts and is now developing restoration program.

There are more than 10 AC breeding orchards in Maine including Camden, Hope and Unity. To find out more about American Chestnut efforts, visit.me-acf.org. For questions about the show and presentation, contact Sheepscot General at 549-5185.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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