Arts & living

  • Gealt exhibit on display at gWatson Gallery

    Gealt exhibit on display at gWatson Gallery

    Throughout his working life, Indiana artist and teacher Barry Gealt has created a visual language of his own. His dramatic, dazzling oil paintings landscapes in which the sea, sky and land collide are on view through August at gWatson Gallery in Stonington. Titled “Barry Gealt — Glass and Curves,” the show also features the retired

  • Richard Russo to talk about new story collection

    BLUE HILL — Pulitzer Prize-winning Maine novelist Richard Russo will read and sign books Wednesday, Aug. 9, as an advance promotion for Word, the Blue Hill literary arts festival debuting in October. The Portland author’s reading will start at 7 p.m. at the Bay School’s Emlen Hall on South Street. The event is being co-sponsored

  • Woodworker Danielle Rose Byrd carves niche for herself

    Woodworker Danielle Rose Byrd carves niche for herself

    BAR HARBOR — Danielle Rose Byrd is cutting a path for herself as a woodworker, creating bowls, ladles, spatulas and other household goods from freshly chopped chunks of birch, maple and other hardwood. Come winter, she spends some weekends demonstrating planes, chisels, mallets and other fine hand tools around the country for the venerable Lie-Nielsen

  • New York artist rediscovers island and his father

    New York artist rediscovers island and his father

    FRANKLIN — Burying Island sits in the middle of Taunton Bay, its 40-plus acres covered with trees and dotted with several small structures that blend in among the branches and leaves. There is no electricity and water has to be collected from a spring along the northern shore. Residents and visitors must plan their trips

  • Maine novelist Debra Spark to speak about latest book

    Maine novelist Debra Spark to speak about latest book

    ELLSWORTH — North Yarmouth novelist Debra Spark, who teaches nonfiction writing at Colby College and whose latest novel, “Unknown Caller,” was picked as the fiction title in Maine’s 2017 “Read ME” program, will read from and discuss her latest book at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Ellsworth Public Library. Admission is free. The

  • Friday evening artist reception coming up

    Friday evening artist reception coming up

    WINTER HARBOR — A farmer who raises cashmere goats and sheep, a watercolorist whose snorkeling in Maine ponds and lakes informs some of her paintings and a ceramicist who draws inspiration from Maine flora and fauna will be on hand at the second in the “Meet the Artist” series from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday,

  • Upcoming Schoodic festival biggest to date

    Upcoming Schoodic festival biggest to date

    WINTER HARBOR — One of Winter Harbor’s biggest weekends of the year is still almost two weeks away, but signs and banners for the 19th annual Schoodic Arts Festival are already being set up all around town and the Schoodic Peninsula. This year’s festival is set to begin July 31 and will conclude Aug. 13.

  • Bucksport’s papermaking lore captured in “Still Mill”

    Bucksport’s papermaking lore captured in “Still Mill”

    BUCKSPORT — “Farewell, dear materials coordinators, mill controllers and mill managers,” writes Bucksport’s poet laureate, Pat Ranzoni, toward the end of her new book “Still Mill.” “Oh, and, numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 paper machine tenders, clothing specialists, machine tenders, third hands, stock prep operators and coordinators,” Ranzoni continues. “The sounds of your jobs

  • Island Artisans celebrates 35 years

    Island Artisans celebrates 35 years

    BAR HARBOR — Thirty-six years ago, 11 Mount Desert Island area artisans came together with one simple goal. “The main mission was to provide a space for craftspeople to sell their work,” said Abigail Goodyear, one of the original founding members and co-owners of Island Artisans in Bar Harbor. The following year, on May 10,