Arts & living

  • Through a birder’s eyes

    Through a birder’s eyes

    Island Heritage Trust’s Executive Director Mike Little will lead an outing to spot birds from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Scott’s Landing Preserve off the North Deer Isle Road. Participation is free. For more details, call 348-2455, email [email protected] and visit In other bird-related events, Maine Audubon staff naturalist Doug Hitchcox

  • Book extols using all the senses night and day

    Book extols using all the senses night and day

    BAR HARBOR — As a graphic designer and illustrator, Karen O. Zimmermann communicates visually, focusing on one’s sense of sight to inform, delight or motivate. But in a new book, she also celebrates the senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell and offers activities that can help sharpen them. It’s called “Nightwalk: Using All Your

  • Deer Isle artist keeps alive ancient art form

    Deer Isle artist keeps alive ancient art form

    DEER ISLE — Frederica Marshall’s largest paintbrush, made of wood and four horsetails, stands at about 64 inches, taller than she is. The horsehair brush looks like a witch’s broom, and while heavy, it moves easily. In her 57 years as an artist and master Japanese sumi-e brush painter, Marshall has collected more than 500

  • State House’s copper dome repurposed

    State House’s copper dome repurposed

    AUGUSTA — When a copper dome was constructed atop the Maine State House more than a century ago, there were likely few spectators who could imagine the copper sheathing would one day be repurposed into public works of art. Portland artist Judith Allen and Brunswick artist James Creighton were selected earlier this month to create

  • Felted cover keep coffee hot

    Felted cover keep coffee hot

    Coffee is what fuels many Maine households including Marcie Correa’s Trenton home. The recently retired, longtime Rooster Brother staffer, who has knit as a pastime since childhood, creates felted cozies to keep coffee hot in French press coffee makers. To make a cozy for an 8-cup French Press, Marcie uses 100 percent, double-strand, worsted weight

  • Mainers’ pursuit of excellence celebrated in book

    Mainers’ pursuit of excellence celebrated in book

    “A spotlight shines on the artist, goggles covering his face, white beard catching flying flecks of sawdust, as he saws stumps into animated wooden animals,” writes Katy Kelleher about Hancock chainsaw sawyer Ray Murphy, during one of his live shows. Murphy saws “open-jawed bears, graceful whales, even goofy, cross-eyed clams” out of tree trunks and

  • By the Book

    By the Book

    Maine authors and illustrators produced a wealth of engaging, entertaining and significant books within the past year or so. Here are a few titles to consider gifting to readers in your life this holiday season.   Black lives didn’t matter In “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life” (Simon &

  • Gifts for guys

    Gifts for guys

    Ever tried to ask a guy what he wants for a gift, only to be met with an “I don’t know,” “I don’t want anything” or an “I don’t need anything”? If so, you’re probably not alone. In an attempt to alleviate what might be called a form of psychological torture for wives, girlfriends, daughters,

  • Winter’s stark beauty inspires artists

    Winter’s stark beauty inspires artists

    ELLSWORTH — Winter has long fascinated artists from Andrew Wyeth and Frederic Edwin Church to Edvard Munch and Claude Monet. Each sees and captures the season differently. With the first day of winter only a week away, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art has embraced the coming cold and snow and mounted a show celebrating the change