Swan’s Islander tells how he found a woolly mammoth in Maine


TREMONT – Swan’s Island artist and author Gary Hoyle shares the story of his search for the truth of a mysterious tusk with two conflicting stories – one ancient and one modern – at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library on Wednesday, October 19 from 18h. It was research that led him to lead the first excavation of a woolly mammoth in Maine and uncover historical facts about an elephant that inspired PT Barnum. It’s a story he tells in his new book, “Mystery Tusk: Searching for Elephants in the Maine Woods.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the library that evening. The Wendell Gilley Museum is a co-sponsor of this event.

Hoyle is proud that the book has been endorsed by the Chicago Field Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and Paramount and Disney Studios.

Throughout his life, his work has been at the interface of art and science. For 28 years he was an exhibit artist and curator of natural history at the Maine State Museum, where he designed and fabricated the majority of exhibits for the permanent exhibit halls, and worked on a team that relocated and restored four historically significant wildlife habitats. dioramas He has also done projects for organizations from New England to Iowa, including the Field Museum. His sculptures and paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, including the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, as well as the Aomori Prefectural Museum in Japan.

Hoyle has created exhibitions and artwork for museums and corporations nationwide, and his work appears in the book “Art of Acadia.” He was artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park. His whimsical illustrations of dinosaurs toured the United States in “The Dinosaur Show” sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2008, he was artist in residence at the Climate Change Institute where he developed a series of cartoons on global warming.

For more information about this program, call the Bass Harbor Memorial Library at 207-244-3798.


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