Arts & living

  • New Surry Theatre serves up delicious Thanksgiving

    New Surry Theatre serves up delicious Thanksgiving

    BLUE HILL — Someday, a play will be written specifically for a virtual Zoom format or, then again, perhaps, with a COVID vaccine on the horizon, it won’t be necessary. Let’s hope! The New Surry Theatre, however, is not waiting for either of those eventualities, and have instead, courageously forged ahead with a virtual performance

  • Design for living

    Design for living

    LITTLE DEER ISLE — Walk into a Coakley house and you’ll be surrounded by wood, space and light. A designer and builder who can slip a line from “Moby Dick” into the conversation with ease, Coakley has been creating homes for about five decades, first up in the Pembroke area and for the last 35

  • Library to host art show and auction 

    Library to host art show and auction 

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Public Library will host an online art auction throughout December in order to give regional artists a spacious venue to show and sell their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online bidding will start Dec. 1 at www.ellsworthlibrary.net.​ The monthlong auction, proceeds from which will partially benefit the library, replaces the library’s

  • Art featured in old courthouse’s stairwell 

    Art featured in old courthouse’s stairwell 

    ELLSWORTH — In late fall, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art mounts an exhibit of artists’ small work in its lofty stairwell. Straddling Bridge Hill, the stately Greek Revival building, which once served as the Hancock County Courthouse and Registry of Deeds, becomes part of the show as patrons leisurely ascend the stairs and eye paintings, prints

  • Stonington artist wins arts fellowship

    Stonington artist wins arts fellowship

    AUGUSTA — Stonington marlinspike artist Tim Whitten is among seven Maine artists being chosen and honored by the Maine Arts Commission as its 2021 Fellowship Award winners. Each fellow will receive $5,000 and represents one of seven categories ranging from fine craft to visual arts.  Other recipients include Dianne Ballon of Portland, Gabriel Frey of

  • Harvey Duff’s midnight adventure at Cave Hill

    Harvey Duff’s midnight adventure at Cave Hill

    Editor’s note: “Harvey Duff’s Midnight Adventure” first appeared on May 30, 1889. The lively account of the intrepid boy’s midnight escapade in and out of Cave Hill’s cave was written by Ellsworth city councilor John L. Moor. Moor served as a state representative in the Maine Legislature for six years. His piece also was printed

  • Days of cider and cheese in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — Local apple historian Todd Little-Siebold and Khristopher Hogg of Belfast’s Perennial Cider Bar + Farm Kitchen will co-lead a live virtual tasting via Zoom as the centerpiece of Heart of Ellsworth’s Third Annual Downeast Cider + Cheese Festival running Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15. The virtual tasting will include a lively discussion with Maine cider

  • Flute-maker: Hawk Henries creates instruments that appeal to all the senses

    Flute-maker: Hawk Henries creates instruments that appeal to all the senses

    SULLIVAN — “My bag is full of flutes,” writes Hawk Henries, the Sullivan musician and artist, on his CD, “Keeping the Fire.” “Some are long and dark, some wide, some mottled. Still others have been broken, working differently than originally intended. There are light colored, short, bristly voiced and smooth, high-pitched ones. Which is the most

  • Parker Ridge stages a fair to remember

    Parker Ridge stages a fair to remember

      BLUE HILL — It’s the last hurrah of summer. Time to splurge on a snow cone, doughboy, funnel cake, giant pretzel or whatever’s your pleasure and throw dietary cares to the wind. Time to ride the Ferris wheel or hold tight, close your eyes and scream while being spun at triple G-force in the

  • Interactive, magnetizing paintings on view

    Interactive, magnetizing paintings on view

      ELLSWORTH — Imagine if you owned Salvador Dali’s most famous painting, “The Persistence of Memory,” and for fun could swap the gold pocket watch and face-down clock covered with ants? Or, move Edvard Munch’s howling figure in “The Scream” elsewhere on the bridge? Orono painter Christina Thwaites invites you to do just that. The

  • Applications sought for Bucksport mural

    BUCKSPORT — Main Street Bucksport is now accepting applications for a large-scale mural to be created in downtown Bucksport. Interested artists should submit the following by July 24: Color sketch of proposed work with an artist’s statement. A description of previous work on this scale, ideally with images. An up-to-date CV or resume describing any