Arts & living

  • Blue Hill Fair show contestants picked at Grand

    Blue Hill Fair show contestants picked at Grand

    ELLSWORTH — The judging was tough, but a dozen performers Thursday night were chosen from a talent-rich pool of 20 contestants to compete in the “Hancock County’s Got Talent!” show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, on stage at the Blue Hill Fair. At Thursday night’s qualifying contest, the contestants ranged widely in age from

  • Poems from Here

    Poems from Here

    With Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum   Today’s poem is “Leonard” by Deborah Cummins. Deborah is the author of an essay collection, “Here and Away: Discovering Home on an Island in Maine,” and two collections of poetry, “Counting the Waves” and “Beyond the Reach.” She lives in Deer Isle and Portland. She writes “‘Leonard’ is

  • Diverse artists’ small works featured

    Diverse artists’ small works featured

    DEER ISLE — “Small Works,” from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9, will fill the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery in Deer Isle village. This popular show is the time to celebrate late summer and offers visitors the opportunity to shop for small, one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces created by local artists. The show’s participating artists represent a

  • Author dives into the world of seaweed in new book

    Author dives into the world of seaweed in new book

    SURRY — Susan Hand Shetterly speaks the way that she writes: in spare, lyrical prose. Her voice is soft until a question or an idea excites her, when her timbre deepens and the edges of her words sharpen. Right now Shetterly is speaking excitedly about seaweed. Her most recent book, “Seaweed Chronicles: A World at

  • Landscape photographer Terrell Lester’s work on view

    Landscape photographer Terrell Lester’s work on view

    DEER ISLE — Anyone who was in Maine from the 1980s through the 2000s likely would have seen were certain to have American landscape photographer Terrell S. Lester’s shot of the scarlet blueberry fields unfolding from atop Caterpillar Hill in fall, a white dingy in the fog and other iconic images. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Mystical Irish landscape explored in children’s book

    Mystical Irish landscape explored in children’s book

    Book review “Kathryn, the rhythm of the natural world changes with the seasons, with morning dew and evening shadows, with rain, wind, hail and snow, sunrise and sunset, starlight and moonlight,” writes Penobscot author Bundy Boit in her latest children’s book. “Letter by Fairy Post” is written as a letter to Boit’s granddaughter, who as

  • Ceramicist founds year-round artisan lab

    Ceramicist founds year-round artisan lab

    GOULDSBORO — In 1971, Dan Weaver moved to town as a broke twentysomething with plans to make a living as an artist. For nearly five decades, the Texan and master of fine arts graduate did just that, hand-crafting pottery and much more at Maine Kiln Works. Now on the other side of his career, Weaver

  • Watercolors class at Woodlawn

    ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn will welcome back artist Gay Paratore for a two-day basic watercolors class on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Students will have fun learning how to paint beautiful clouds and sunsets and easy ways to make rocks,

  • Aromatherapist simplifies essential oils in new book

    Aromatherapist simplifies essential oils in new book

    ORLAND — The world of essential oils is vast and it’s easy to get lost among all the tiny bottles. Luckily, Orland certified aromatherapist and licensed holistic aesthetician Stephanie Tourles has written a new book, “Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide” (Storey Publishing, 2018) Storey approached Tourles about writing the book. “We needed to