Arts & living

  • Equestrian vaulting is finding a foothold among children

    Equestrian vaulting is finding a foothold among children

    LAMOINE — Dance and gymnastics seem hard enough, given the physical strength, flexibility and coordination demanded. Now picture doing both on the back of a moving horse. Through Aurora Vaulters, their nonprofit organization, mother and daughter Deb and Cynthia Andrews coach the international equestrian sport at Starlight Horse Farm off Route 184 in East Lamoine.

  • In the Right Place: Sticky Business

    In the Right Place: Sticky Business

    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 shares a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. The former Washington, D.C., trial lawyer and his architect wife, Barbara, summered in Brooklin for more than 25 years before making

  • Talk to explore late Dutch crime novelist’s life

    Talk to explore late Dutch crime novelist’s life

    ELLSWORTH — Dutch author and artist Janwillem van de Wetering (1931-2008) traveled the world before making his home in Surry in 1975. The former police officer and aspiring Buddhist monk was well known for his series of crime novels featuring the odd-fellow Dutch detectives Rinus de Gier and Henk Grijpstra. Van de Wetering, some of

  • Metalsmith Cara Romano fulfills vision in new space

    Metalsmith Cara Romano fulfills vision in new space

    ELLSWORTH — The motto of KōT (pronounced “coat”), Cara Romano’s recently reopened shop on State Street, is “contemporary functional craft.” It’s an apt tagline: the minimal space is filled with carefully curated crafts, from desk caddies made of reclaimed heart pine to sturdy canvas rugs layered with marine grade finish. The space feels a bit

  • Word invites students to join writing workshops

    Word invites students to join writing workshops

    BLUE HILL — Area teenagers and Blue Hill elementary school students will have a chance to participate in writing workshops with visiting artists as part of the Word literary arts festival Oct. 18-20. Students at George Stevens Academy and Blue Hill Harbor School, as well as high-school-age homeschoolers from GSA sending towns, must register in

  • Lively arts scene in focus next week

    Lively arts scene in focus next week

    ELLSWORTH — Downtown Ellsworth with be abuzz with creative activity from glass-blowing and green wood-carving to sewing and silversmithing at the second Art of Ellsworth Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 11-14. The festival is being held in synch with Maine Craft Weekend. On and around Main Street, Atlantic Art Glass, SevenArts Gallery, One Woman Studio, (Kōt) Contemporary Craft,

  • Word festival opens workshop registration

    Word festival opens workshop registration

    BLUE HILL — Word, the literary arts festival slated for downtown Blue Hill Oct. 18-21, has opened registration for its paid workshops. The festival is offering twice as many workshops as it did in its debut last year, when classes were either at capacity or over-subscribed. The workshops are fully described at www.wordfestival.org, along with