The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and AWW superintendent Matthew LaRoche says those who appreciate the region have the opportunity to get their hands on a piece of art that’s part of that celebration.
Just 500 prints of an Allagash painting by artist Mark McCollough are being sold; if you’re interested in getting your hands on one, here are the details, courtesy of a press release that LaRoche wanted me to share with readers. Here it is:
ALLAGASH — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands is now offering 500 signed, numbered, limited edition art prints of a painting by noted wildlife artist Mark McCollough. McCollough’s painting depicts a family poling and paddling canoes below Allagash Falls in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW). The prints are being sold to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) and to support the AWW Permanent Endowment Fund.
“The Allagash Wilderness Waterway’s unique, north flowing series of dams, lakes and rivers has contributed to the Maine economy for three centuries,” said Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. “The Waterway is still going strong on the occasion of its 50th anniversary as a significant recreational designation.”
“The painting by Mark McCollough captures both the traditional and modern use of the waterway with the iconic image of the Allagash Falls in the background, it truly is an outstanding work of art,” said AWW Superintendent, Matthew LaRoche.
Commemorative Print Details:
Only 500 of the prints will be made available, each signed and numbered by the artist. They are 24” X 20” in size, including a surrounding two inch border. The prints cost $50.00 each, plus tax, shipping and handling. They can be ordered through the State Park Reservations Office at 1-800-332-1501 (within Maine), or 207-624-9950. Prints can also be purchased at most Allagash Ranger Stations and at the Bureau of Parks and Lands office in Augusta. Go to: www.maine.gov/allagash for more information regarding the prints or general information on the AWW.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway:
The AWW is a 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, streams and river that wind through the heart of northern Maine’s vast commercial forest. The waterway became the first state-administered river to be designated by the United States Department of Interior as a component of the federal Wild and Scenic River Program. This designation protects the outstanding natural character, unique recreational opportunities and historical significance of the Allagash River and its associated lakes and ponds.
For more information on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. Go to:http://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/water_activities/aww-river-conditions.shtml
For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/