At least they left the seagulls behind.  We think.

Acadia National Park Rangers have informed us today that a couple of freshly painted oil paintings that were left out to dry have been stolen from within the Schoodic Woods Campground area of the Schoodic peninsula, part of Acadia National Park.

A posting to Facebook today, Tuesday, June 22nd, tells us that the paintings were last seen "drying on a picnic table in the B loop of Schoodic Woods Campground" this past Sunday at about 6 p.m.  We don't have any further information but one can only imagine that the paintings were recently done and then left out to dry by an artist staying there at the campground, and we can also only presume that the drawings depicted some of the beautiful coastal surroundings there within the Schoodic Point Peninsula.

As most of us are keenly aware, that portion of Acadia National Park gives us the thrill of pounding coastal surf at the Point, a view of Cadillac Mountain from across Mt. Desert Narrows, and the lighthouse positioned at the head of Turtle Island in the bay.  There is no doubt that an artist can be is in his or her's element on the Schoodic Peninsula.

But one finds it hard to imagine stealing an artist's just completed work. Paintings that one took such joy in creating while probably on vacation hundreds of miles away from home.  A vacation that the artist probably dreamed of taking for many months, only to have it turn into somewhat of a bad memory by an amazingly brazen, selfish, stupid and illegal act.

We hope that the paintings are recovered soon, somehow.

If you have any information on the theft, please contact Acadia Dispatch at 207 288-8791 or submit a tip anonymously at www.nps.gov/orgs/1563/submit-a-tip.htm.

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