Connecting with Art: Elly Andrews

Robert Pollien, Ebb Tide, 1988, Oil on linen, 62 x 72″, “In Memory of Dr. Denise Jouasset Streider” – 1995

Interview by Farnsworth Director of Leadership Giving Ann Holton

Farnsworth Director of Leadership Giving Ann Holton recently spoke with Eleanor “Elly” Andrews of Northeast Harbor Library, a community partner of the Farnsworth’s on Mount Desert Island (MDI) in Maine. She asked her which artwork in the Farnsworth’s collection she connects to the most. A shortened version of this interview appeared in the fall 2020 Farnsworth magazine. 

Greetings from the Northeast Harbor Library! We are located on Mount Desert Island and are the school library for the Mount Desert Elementary School. Before COVID-19 we always had young, old, and in between patrons checking out materials and students coming over for classes every day. It is/was a vibrant place with something for everyone. We are pared down for the moment and awaiting a vaccine like everyone else but are open just like a good old-fashioned library! 

Over the past five years, we have been lucky enough to have [Farnsworth Chief Curator] Michael Komanecky come speak at the library, including this summer, via Zoom, the new normal. I was asked to name a favorite object at the Farnsworth. There are so many wonderful things in this museum, so I focused on the paintings and decided Ebb Tide by Robert Pollien was at the top of my list. Beautiful colors, calm and peaceful, it reminds me of Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where I have spent a lot of time and where my roots lie. I have been living full-time on MDI for sixteen years and love it. Part of what I love is the joy and grounding that the library and the Farnsworth bring not only to me but to everyone, especially during COVID.

Elizabeth “Elly” Andrews

Elly Andrews is the Library Director at the Northeast Harbor Library

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