Arts & living

  • Winter’s stark beauty inspires artists

    Winter’s stark beauty inspires artists

    ELLSWORTH — Winter has long fascinated artists from Andrew Wyeth and Frederic Edwin Church to Edvard Munch and Claude Monet. Each sees and captures the season differently. With the first day of winter only a week away, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art has embraced the coming cold and snow and mounted a show celebrating the change

  • Designer makes purses with pockets aplenty

    Designer makes purses with pockets aplenty

    ELLSWORTH — A longtime hairdresser has added handbag designer and maker to her resume. Liza Fisher-Munroe has founded The POP Company, which features her own designs, including the Pet Owners’ Purse and the Purse of Pockets displayed at her hair salon NV Hair Studio at 12 Hancock St. A Birch Harbor resident, Liza (pronounced Leeza)

  • By the book

    By the book

    Extreme survivors Did you know that snaggle-toothed goblin sharks have been around for 125 million years? Or that the roly-poly tardigrade, a minute creature inhabiting the watery film on lichen and moss, is 530 million years old? These animals are among 10 profiled in “Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot” (Tilbury House, 48 pages, 2017)

  • Oral historian brings alive life long ago

    Oral historian brings alive life long ago

    STOCKTON SPRINGS — Now that winter is on its way, the sledding season is about to start. Sledding down a hill in the backyard is fun, but imagine hurtling down Church Street, straight through the village, down School Street and right onto the ice covering the waters of Mill Cove. That’s how kids did it

  • Ten local Christmas gift ideas

    Ten local Christmas gift ideas

    Still stuck for holiday gift ideas? Here are some locally sold items that we’ve spotted for ourselves and would love to receive this season.   Plan ahead! Finding a well-designed annual planner, for which refills are easily obtained, is not always easy. Sometimes they’re too bulky or don’t allow enough space for notes. Look no

  • EHS’s “The Little Mermaid” to make stage splash

    EHS’s “The Little Mermaid” to make stage splash

    ELLSWORTH — In a large room at the end of a maze of corridors, Ellsworth High School Theater Director Jasmine Ireland and her mother, costume designer Rebecca Wright, are hard at work with a small team of volunteer parents and students on a Saturday afternoon. No post-prandial, tryptophan-laced lazing about for them; opening night for

  • By the Book

    By the Book

    Maine authors and illustrators produced a wealth of engaging, entertaining and significant books in 2017. Here are a few titles to consider gifting to readers in your life this holiday season.   Mill memories live on “Farewell, dear materials coordinators, mill controllers and mill managers,” writes Bucksport’s poet laureate, Patricia Smith Ranzoni, toward the end

  • Humorist John Hodgman’s “Vacationland” funny, insightful

    Humorist John Hodgman’s “Vacationland” funny, insightful

    ELLSWORTH — One brave man is calling out Maine’s beaches for what they really are: painful. He’s the comedian and writer John Hodgman (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Married,” “The Areas of My Expertise,” “More Information Than You Require” and “That is All”). His latest book, “Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches” (Viking, 2017,