Bernard Langlais loved to carve lions, among his wooden art pieces, just as he loved other jungle animals, as evidenced at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. One lion head will be returning to his home in Cushing, thanks to the generous donation of Beth Bellemere. Bellemere is a long-time resident of Cushing and always loved his playful work. When she saw this piece at the Aucocisco Gallery in Portland many years ago, she could not refuse purchasing it. Now she eagerly wants to return it to its place of origin. “I can think of no better place for this lion head to be, so that the public can enjoy its whimsy," said Bellemere.

The Georges River Land Trust is grateful and fortunate to receive this piece, which will reside in the workshop/gallery and be able to be viewed when the buildings are open. This summer, GRLT stewards are there to greet visitors and show off Langlais’ workspaces and indoor pieces on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through August.

In addition to visiting the property in Cushing, GRLT invites the public to visit the Georges River Land Trust website, georgesriver.org, to gain more in depth appreciation of Langlais and the preserve grounds. Visitors can link to several short films about Langlais at georgesriver.org/langlais-videos/ to watch at home. GRLT also has information about its newly planted perennial pollinator garden online at georgesriver.org/langlais-pollinators/. The garden is now in full bloom at the preserve.

Georges River Land Trust is proud to own this unique 90-acre coastal property that is a testament to creativity and beauty in nature. Please consider helping take care of this special place.