Arts & living

  • EHS art project has lots of eyes on it

    EHS art project has lots of eyes on it

    ELLSWORTH — Some Ellsworth High School students are getting a lot of face time lately, and not just on their iPhones. A project by students in visual and performing arts teacher Shannon Westphal’s Digital Art class has larger-than-life faces of EHS students going up on walls around the school. The project is inspired by the

  • Maine’s working creators celebrated in book

    Maine’s working creators celebrated in book

    BLUE HILL — Sawyer Ray Murphy, lobsterman John Williams, seaweed harvester Micah Woodcock, bakers Tim Semler and Lydia Moffett, the Beech Hill Farm crew and potters Phid Lawless and Dan Farrenkopf share something in common. They all work hard with their hands at crafts that are deeply rooted in the sea and land around them.

  • Loss of parents’ guiding presence spurs memoir

    Loss of parents’ guiding presence spurs memoir

    CASTINE — Fiction writer and Castine resident Deborah Joy Corey grew up the youngest of seven children in the rugged woods of New Brunswick. There, along the banks of the St. John River, between Fredericton and Woodstock, hard men worked the timberlands, and Corey said she and her siblings lived a Huckleberry Finn-like existence. “We

  • Word festival a success

    Word festival a success

    The first Word Blue Hill Literary Arts Festival, held Oct. 20-22, was a success. the many and diverse workshops were either full or overflowing and over 100 people turned out for the opening event where “A Gambler’s Anatomy” author and part-time Blue Hill resident Jonathan Lethem was interviewed by Slate magazine critic Laura Miller. The

  • Escape rooms pit teams against the clock

    Escape rooms pit teams against the clock

    ELLSWORTH — The clock read 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Jordyn Knowles had left Ellsworth and was somewhere far stranger: a hospital operating room. The Gouldsboro woman was with a group of friends, and they had to find a way out of the room before the clock ran out. Otherwise, a mad doctor would come

  • House inspires Polly Earl to put down roots

    House inspires Polly Earl to put down roots

    WINTER HARBOR — The house at 34 Sargent St. first caught Polly Earl’s eye in 1981. She was in between jobs at the time and the old wooden structure appealed to her as a place to settle down. She made a list of pros and cons: it offered a “spectacular view” of Cadillac Mountain from

  • Final schedule set for literary festival

    Final schedule set for literary festival

    BLUE HILL — Word, the literary arts festival debuting Oct. 20-22, has announced the lineup for Spoken Words, its Saturday evening storytelling event, as well as the authors, vendors and activities featured at Saturday’s Literary Marketplace. The complete list of participants and schedules is at www.wordfestival.org. The marketplace will be open 10 a.m. to 5

  • Tess Gerritsen to headline mystery festival

    Tess Gerritsen to headline mystery festival

    BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library will become a crime scene for murder, mayhem and more at the third annual “Murder by the Book,” a mystery festival for readers and writers, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., avid mystery readers can meet the authors, peruse their books and hear some of the