Arts & living

  • Naturalist says “keep your eyes and ears open”

    Naturalist says “keep your eyes and ears open”

    EASTBROOK — When Lynn Havsall moved to Maine after years living out West, she took an unusual approach to house hunting: the Wisconsin-born naturalist studied range maps of her favorite animals and perennials, looking for “deciduous woods within earshot of loons” and “dark skies.” “That doesn’t come up in the Maine Real Estate Listing,” she

  • Watercolors reveal underwater world

    Watercolors reveal underwater world

    WINTER HARBOR — Becky O’Keefe spends as much time as she can underwater, whether exploring a Caribbean reef or live plants beneath the surface of Maine’s pristine lakes and ponds. The Prospect Harbor artist will reveal these hidden, watery worlds at a month-long show kicking off May 1 at Hammond Hall. An artist’s reception will

  • Winter life in pictures

    Winter life in pictures

    BROOKLIN — We’ve weathered another Maine winter and have plenty of stories to tell for it. Skating at Acadia’s Sieur de Monts Springs, tunneling out of the driveway and cobbling together meals during power outages. Brooklin’s Friend Memorial Library is asking community members to share their photos of the area in the “off season.” The

  • Poet’s Spotlight

    Editor’s note: Somesville resident Carl Little manages marketing and communications at the Maine Community Foundation. He also writes prolifically about visual arts, having profiled in books and articles numerous Maine artists from Winslow Homer to Sullivan painter Phil Barter and Blue Hill’s Francis Hamabe. His poems have been widely published, including his 2006 collection in

  • Poet’s Spotlight

    Poet’s Spotlight

    Editor’s Note: Islesford lobsterman Jack Merrill earlier this winter took time out from fishing in his 42-foot boat Tigger to recite his poems at the FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria, Ore. The three-day festival celebrates commercial fishing in poetry, prose and song. As part of the annual event, Jack joined over 100 fisherpoets and read his

  • Piece of historic waterfront preserved

    Piece of historic waterfront preserved

    SORRENTO — In Eastern Point Harbor, a newly shingled boathouse hugs the shoreline. Through the four windows of its great sliding door, Calf and Preble islands loom in the far distance across the inlet. The newly restored, cavernous structure once housed the Ewing family’s watercraft that slid out the big doorway and into the water

  • Husband and wife both nominated for fiction award

    Husband and wife both nominated for fiction award

    HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA — Cape Breton novelist Oisín Curran, who hails originally from Surry, and his writer wife, Sarah Faber, both are in the running for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. The award carries a monetary prize of $25,000. The Cape Breton Island couple, who live with their

  • Schoodic Institute celebrates “Year of the Bird”

    Schoodic Institute celebrates “Year of the Bird”

    WINTER HARBOR — The bare-eyed pigeon, with its blue-ringed eyes resembles Alec Guinness as the MI6 intelligence officer George Smiley in the 1979 BBC drama “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” while the burrowing owl has the notoriety of nesting in an underground hole. Those are just a few of the feathered creatures that authors Jeff and

  • Retired art teacher rediscovers, revels in paint

    Retired art teacher rediscovers, revels in paint

    DEER ISLE — Planning to visit Deer Isle artist Katy Helman’s studio? Visitors are forewarned not to wear anything they’re attached to. The oil painter’s studio, which is a patio away from her modern, light-filled home, oozes with colorful oil paintings. Canvases, some still wet with paint, line the walls, the walkway and nearly every

  • Libraries kick off National Poetry Month

    Libraries kick off National Poetry Month

    Throughout the month of April, the power of poetry will be celebrated in many different ways around the nation and world. Launched in 1996, the literary celebration has become the largest of its kind with poets, schools, publishers, libraries and booksellers celebrating poetry’s place in our culture and lives. In that spirit, Swanville poet and