Arts & living

  • EHS grad featured at Banff festival

    EHS grad featured at Banff festival

    ELLSWORTH — Maureen (Whalley) Beck, a 2005 graduate of Ellsworth High School and start of the short film “Stumped,” was in town this past weekend attending The Banff Mountain Film Festival at The Grand. The three-day, sold-out festival, presented by Cadillac Mountain Sports, featured a selection of short films on topics ranging from culture to

  • SevenArts Gallery gets makeover

    ELLSWORTH — SevenArts Gallery’s members have been busy creating a new experience for their customers. Since Jan. 15, the gallery, housed in the Maine Grind Building (192 Main St.), has been closed and the space emptied and renovated. The gallery is now ready to reopen on Monday, Feb. 5. In addition to its newly designed

  • Etch A Sketch artist finds niche

    Etch A Sketch artist finds niche

    BAR HARBOR — Ever tried to draw a circle on an Etch A Sketch? You are excused if the exercise ended with flinging the iconic red children’s toy toward the nearest trash bin. “I can’t draw a circle on an Etch A Sketch either,” admits artist Andrea Tilden. She can, however, draw intricate likenesses of

  • Storytelling event in Bucksport Feb. 14

    Storytelling event in Bucksport Feb. 14

    BUCKSPORT — Wednesday on Main and WERU Community Radio will present a winter Wednesday night of storytelling on Feb. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport. There will be plenty of laughter, tears, horror and more when these gifted tellers of tales share “Love Stories by Mainers.” This event may not be

  • “Sticky Fingers” biographer to speak in Portland

    “Sticky Fingers” biographer to speak in Portland

    PORTLAND — Rolling Stone magazine founder and editor-in-chief Jann Wenner doesn’t like New York investigative journalist Joe Hagan’s 2017 biography of him. Wenner has dismissed the University of Maine graduate’s unflinching, revealing 2017 portrait of him as “deeply flawed and tawdry.” Hagan, whose biography “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling

  • Opera House Arts director to step down

    Opera House Arts director to step down

    STONINGTON — Opera House Arts’ Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor will step down this coming spring to pursue other professional opportunities. Board member Peter Richards will serve as interim director while a national search for a successor is conducted. A summer resident, Richards is well known locally, having recently directed Opera House Arts productions of

  • Elaine Ford’s short stories explores life’s paths

    Elaine Ford’s short stories explores life’s paths

    YARMOUTH — Before her death last August, Maine writer and teacher Elaine Ford produced a collection of Maine stories that focus on the choices people make throughout their lives. “This Time Might Be Different” is due out this March. Published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth, “This Time Might Be Different” contains 15 stories whose cast

  • Birdsacre’s damaged paintings brought back to life

    Birdsacre’s damaged paintings brought back to life

    ELLSWORTH — The fire that swept through the homestead at Birdsacre-Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary in March of 2014 destroyed many pieces of historical value. Other damage could be fixed but took money and years to do: walls replaced and repainted, stairs and a roof rebuilt, and artifacts removed and then returned. Falling into the last category

  • Ellsworth couple carve out a life

    Ellsworth couple carve out a life

    ELLSWORTH — Deirdre McGrath and Aaron Margolis landed in Hancock County by accident. They knew they wanted to live on the Atlantic Coast. But that could be any number of places. Route 1, which passes through Ellsworth on its way from Fort Kent to Key West, Fla., stretches 2,369 miles. Not too far from the