Arts & living

  • Behind the lens

    Behind the lens

    ELLSWORTH — Charlie Hunt made quite an impression on photographer Gerry Monteux. At the time, Monteux had been at Flexit Cafe and Bakery in Ellsworth, one of the many spaces where he exhibits and sells his work. A well-established Maine nature photographer, his images have been acquired by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, among

  • Cut, paint & sculpt

    Cut, paint & sculpt

    ELLSWORTH — Charlie Hewitt, a nationally known Maine-born painter, printmaker and sculptor whose sculpture “Urban Rattle” is installed on the High Line in New York, is the focus of the one-man show “Charlie Hewitt: Abstract Paintings and Electric Dreams” opening next Wednesday, Aug. 14, and running through Oct. 15 at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. The

  • In-flight fueling

    In-flight fueling

    In the Right Place Editor’s Note: Brooklin author/photographer Richard J. Leighton creates the popular “In the Right Place” posts online about life and nature in Maine. He will share a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. By Richard Leighton What has the appearance of a hawk, the movements of a

  • A very imperfect marriage

    A very imperfect marriage

    MOUNT DESERT — Ever since the ancient Greeks first donned the masks of tragedy and comedy, farce has been a staple of comedic theater. It has always involved ridiculous plots, mistaken identities and unbelievably clueless characters. In most modern farces, it also involves doors — the more doors the funnier the farce. Well, Acadia Repertory

  • Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    Actors deliver hopeful, heart-wringing “Glass Menagerie”

    By Ellen Booraem Special to The Ellsworth American BROOKSVILLE — In the pantheon of infuriating fictional mothers, Tennessee Williams’ Amanda Wingfield ranks high. But she’s also heart-breaking, and a production of Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” succeeds only if her actor manages to convey both of those qualities. Bagaduce Theatre’s “Menagerie” does succeed: Director Patricia Conolly

  • Tuned in

    Tuned in

    By Steve Fuller Special to The Ellsworth American SURRY — Standing in just the right place in the woods near Patten Pond, someone scanning through the AM dial on a radio could easily feel that they had gone back in time. The listener might catch The Lone Ranger and Tonto fighting bad guys, or perhaps

  • Wing Thing

    Wing Thing

    ELLSWORTH — Stanley Grindle has worked the line for years. You may recognize him from his many years cooking at the Union River Lobster Pot or Finn’s Irish Pub, if you happened to peek into the kitchen. But Grindle always felt like he wanted something more: something with four wheels and an even tighter cooking

  • Sleuthing around

    Sleuthing around

    BLUE HILL — From Lea Wait to Stephen King, Maine has long been the chosen setting for mystery, horror and suspense writers. Four such novelists explored this time-honored tradition Wednesday night during a panel discussion co-hosted by Blue Hill Books and the Blue Hill Public Library. Connecticut author Chris Knopf, whose Sam Acquillo Mystery Series

  • Take a seat

    Take a seat

    ELLSWORTH — On a warm and sunny Sunday morning, a handsome granite bench was dedicated in memory of longtime parishioner Joan Preble on the south lawn of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. With family and friends gathered at the July 21 memorial, Rev. Johanna Johansson dedicated the 5-foot bench to remember Joan, who served as St.

  • Bar Harbor’s scandals and scoundrels focus of talk

    Bar Harbor’s scandals and scoundrels focus of talk

    ELLSWORTH — “Bar Harbor Babylon: Murder, Misfortune, and Scandal on Mount Desert Island” authors Dan and Leslie Landrigan will speak about their book at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Ellsworth Public Library. Copies will available for purchase and signing. Published by Down East Books in 2015, “Bar Harbor Babylon” is about the