Arts & living

  • 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

  • Artist, musician honored for enriching cultural scene

    Artist, musician honored for enriching cultural scene

    WINTER HARBOR — It took artist Wendilee Heath O’Brien five years to learn how to draw. Art is “hard work,” she said, but it’s incredibly gratifying, as well. The Main Street resident, whose gallery’s name “whopaints” begins with her initials, says people are especially difficult to capture. They move around and one tiny mistake can

  • Crafting a vibrant arts scene in Ellsworth

    Crafting a vibrant arts scene in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — “Every artist dreams of some sort of community arts space,” says Ken Perrin, who with his wife, Linda, co-owns Atlantic Art Glass. The Perrins have been a fixture of the Ellsworth arts scene since 2004, when the glass blowers moved their studio from the Bar Harbor village of Hulls Cove to a former

  • Grand postpones movie screenings

    ELLSWORTH — The Grand has postponed its screenings of the film “Dunkirk” that were scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14, due to the pending snowstorm. The screenings will now take place on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, March 16, at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Thursday evening screening are

  • Treadmill dance-off: Kassie shares “All That She Wants” video

    Kassie Audette, the third contestant in the Down East Family YMCA’s treadmill dancing contest, performed to “All That She Wants” by Ace of Base. Don’t miss the big reveal to the lyric “all that she wants is another baby.” The contest wraps up March 1. Facebook voting will take place from March 2-15, with the