Arts & living

  • Grants enable sculptor, filmmaker to pursue new projects

    Grants enable sculptor, filmmaker to pursue new projects

    AUGUSTA — The sea, land, harbors and weathered structures in and around Stonington continue to fire the imagination of sculptor Lynn Duryea, who earlier this month was awarded a $5,000 Maine Artist Fellowship Award by the Maine Arts Commission. Duryea, who divides her time between Deer Isle and South Portland, will soon embark on a

  • Cathy Bell Clark captures animals in action in wool

    Cathy Bell Clark captures animals in action in wool

    GOULDSBORO — One could be forgiven for thinking there is a pair of rats perched motionless on a cabinet at the Gouldsboro home of Cathy Bell Clark. Clark’s woodland creations — red foxes, harbor seals with mottled coats and horsehair whiskers, a chipmunk with wax-dipped toenails — look as though they are nearly in motion,

  • Puerto Rican strays finding homes Downeast

    Puerto Rican strays finding homes Downeast

    CHERRYFIELD — More than a year ago, Hurricane Maria slammed into the island of Puerto Rico. Nearly 3,000 people are estimated to have been killed and food, water and medical care were scarce for months after. The island’s power grid was essentially wiped out, and millions of Puerto Ricans went without electricity for months. While

  • Sculptor creates “Bio Spheres” piece for UMaine

    Sculptor creates “Bio Spheres” piece for UMaine

    STEUBEN — In a photograph shot last week, Japanese sculptor Kazumi Hoshino can be seen working on her mammoth, yet delicate granite sculpture called “Bio Spheres.” The 23,000-pound piece was scheduled to be installed Thursday, Nov. 29, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s new Plant, Animal and Insect Laboratory on the Orono campus. The

  • Gallery to show artists’ recent work this month

    ELLSWORTH — Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Studio Picks,” a juried show running Dec. 5-23, highlighting new work from the gallery artists’ studios. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The event is free and open to the public. Much of the featured artworks

  • Literary characters reimagined as felines in art show

    Literary characters reimagined as felines in art show

    ELLSWORTH — Harborside artist Kipp Sienna Hopkins’ fanciful take melding her love of cats and classic literature will have free rein from Dec. 1 through Jan. 5 at the Ellsworth Public Library. A month-long show, “Cats in the Classics” features Hopkins’ reimagining and portrayal of various literary characters as cats. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Harry

  • Blacksmith finds fulfillment at his forge

    Blacksmith finds fulfillment at his forge

    ELLSWORTH — “Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote about how the poet has to obey the words before he can make something beautiful from them, and being a blacksmith is the same,” said Adriaan Gerber. “You have to obey the steel and the fire. You have to be very humble; you can’t do this when you’re arrogant or