Local families bring prized paintings for benefit art show

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An art show this weekend in Damariscotta will help protect local history, by celebrating a man who helped preserve it. Artist Jake Day painted scenes of the midcoast and the Maine woods through much of the 20th century. His paintings show local scenes such as villages and fish houses, along with nature scenes, including many of Baxter State Park. Day's granddaughter-in-law, Sandi Day, calls Baxter "his playground". Baxter headquarters in Millinocket has many of his paintings, and Jake Day was named the park's only artist in residence. His wildlife painting and knowledge brought Day to the attention of Walt Disney in the 1940's and 1950's, and he helped provide the images that convinced Disney to make the movie Bambi using Maine white-tailed deer.


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