Arts & living

  • Ceramicist founds year-round artisan lab

    Ceramicist founds year-round artisan lab

    GOULDSBORO — In 1971, Dan Weaver moved to town as a broke twentysomething with plans to make a living as an artist. For nearly five decades, the Texan and master of fine arts graduate did just that, hand-crafting pottery and much more at Maine Kiln Works. Now on the other side of his career, Weaver

  • Watercolors class at Woodlawn

    ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn will welcome back artist Gay Paratore for a two-day basic watercolors class on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Students will have fun learning how to paint beautiful clouds and sunsets and easy ways to make rocks,

  • Aromatherapist simplifies essential oils in new book

    Aromatherapist simplifies essential oils in new book

    ORLAND — The world of essential oils is vast and it’s easy to get lost among all the tiny bottles. Luckily, Orland certified aromatherapist and licensed holistic aesthetician Stephanie Tourles has written a new book, “Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide” (Storey Publishing, 2018) Storey approached Tourles about writing the book. “We needed to

  • Meet the neighbor

    Meet the neighbor

    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 shares 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

  • Library’s Abby Morrow assumes new outreach role

    Library’s Abby Morrow assumes new outreach role

    ELLSWORTH — Abby Morrow, who took the helm as community engagement librarian at the Ellsworth Public Library on Aug. 1, took career advice from a well-known figure in the literary canon: Miss Rumphius. “She said, ‘You must do something to do make the world more beautiful’,” says Morrow, who saw the library as a perfect

  • West Gouldsboro villagers prize their history

    West Gouldsboro villagers prize their history

    GOULDSBORO — For Nat Bradley, driving north from Boston to Maine is a bit like “moving back in time.” Cottages replace high-rises; the bustle of city life fades into quiet, rocky coastline; toll prices drop and become payable in cash. When Bradley was a child, his family’s annual road trip along U.S. Route 1 to

  • Moore Library to host special program

    Moore Library to host special program

    STEUBEN — Island Readers & Writers recently was recently awarded a $6,650 grant from of Maine Community Foundation to bring an engaging child and family-centered program, “The Art of the Picture Book,” to the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben this summer. “The Art of the Picture Book” will feature award-winning Camden author and illustrator