Arts & living

  • In the Right Place

    In the Right Place

    Editor’s note: Brooklin author/photographer Richard J. Leighton creates the popular “In the Right Place” posts online about life and nature in Maine. He will share a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. The former Washington, D.C., trial lawyer and his architect wife, Barbara, summered in Brooklin for more than 25

  • Artist Richard Kapral immersed in his medium after 75 years of work

    Artist Richard Kapral immersed in his medium after 75 years of work

    STEUBEN — Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Kapral inhabits a storybook cottage — albeit one with a chandelier dripping with crystals. A narrow courtyard, buffering his house from the road, is filled with hostas. The lushly leafed shade plant is Kapral’s favorite perennial. He particularly likes a variety called “Sum and Substance.” Asiatic lilies, phlox and

  • Corea printmaker keeps creating at age 90

    Corea printmaker keeps creating at age 90

    COREA — Don’t tell Dan Miller to retire. The printmaker and sculptor celebrated his 90th birthday this summer, but, beginning at 7 a.m. each day, he is most likely to be found carving wood in his Corea studio. A native of Brooksville, Pa., Miller also continues to work as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy

  • Novel follows middle-schooler to a struggling mill town

    Novel follows middle-schooler to a struggling mill town

    PORTLAND — From Woolwich author Jennifer Richard Jacobson, who wrote the award-winning “Small as an Elephant” and “Paper Things,” comes “The Dollar Kids,” a heart-tugging novel for 10- to 14-year-olds about guilt and grief, family and friendship and, above all, community. The story is illustrated by the prize-winning comic book artist Ryan Andrews, who lives

  • Poems from Here

    Poems from Here

    With Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum   Today’s poem is “Leonard” by Deborah Cummins. Deborah is the author of an essay collection, “Here and Away: Discovering Home on an Island in Maine,” and two collections of poetry, “Counting the Waves” and “Beyond the Reach.” She lives in Deer Isle and Portland. She writes “‘Leonard’ is

  • Diverse artists’ small works featured

    Diverse artists’ small works featured

    DEER ISLE — “Small Works,” from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9, will fill the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery in Deer Isle village. This popular show is the time to celebrate late summer and offers visitors the opportunity to shop for small, one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces created by local artists. The show’s participating artists represent a