Arts & living

  • 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

  • 2020 Schoodic Fest goes virtual

    WINTER HARBOR — Schoodic Arts for All, which stages live events and classes year-round for folks living on the Schoodic Peninsula and beyond, has opened registration for a rich variety of virtual workshops from July 27 through Aug. 7. In lieu of the 2020 Schoodic Arts Festival, which would have featured dozens of workshops and

  • Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Great Cranberry Island inspires new books

    Editor’s note: Living, working and teaching on Maine islands often plants vivid memories and yields formative experiences. Such was the case of former schoolteacher Rae Chalmers and poet Susan Deborah King who recently released books inspired by their time on Great Cranberry Island. CRANBERRY ISLES — Middle school can be a miserable time for many

  • Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum awarded $50,000

    Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum awarded $50,000

    NEW YORK — Maine Poet Laureate and Deer Isle resident Stuart Kestenbaum is among 23 poet laureates who each will receive $50,000 to spearhead civic poetry programs in their communities. The recipients include poet laureates from U.S. states, cities and towns and the Navajo Nation. As one of the Academy of American Poets’ 2020 Poet

  • The world through shape, line and color

    The world through shape, line and color

    LAMOINE — They’re watercolors, but in the right light they look a bit like stained glass: intentional, vivid colors with crisp, clear lines. “If you don’t try to make it look real you just kind of get lost in the shapes of color,” said Diana Roper McDowell, who paints from her home overlooking Meadow Point

  • Book explores rich sea life in “Moby-Dick”

    Book explores rich sea life in “Moby-Dick”

    Reviewed by JoAnne Fuerst Tired of binge-watching those mind-numbing programs and movies? During this pandemic, we’ve been warned to exercise regularly and that includes our brain. With extra time for nonessential activities, it’s an opportunity to read a few good books — especially venturing into unfamiliar territory. Last year, the University of Chicago Press published

  • Monteux music school cancels 2020 season

    Monteux music school cancels 2020 season

    HANCOCK — The Monteux School & Music Festival’s board of directors has made the difficult, unanimous decision to cancel the 2020 summer season. This decision comes on the heels of Governor Janet Mills’ extension of the state of civil emergency to May 15. Marc Thayer, executive director of MSMF, stated, “On behalf of the Monteux