Arts: Glances

Jerks of Grass to Perform

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – On Saturday, July 30, at 8:15 p.m., the Claremont Hotel will host the return of Portland-based bluegrass band Jerks of Grass.

Members of the quartet gather around one microphone in traditionally style and pride themselves on “tight arrangements and stellar musicianship,” playing traditional bluegrass and progressive roots music.

Admission for the concert is $10.  The Claremont is located at 22 Claremont Road in Southwest Harbor.

For more information call 244-5036.

‘Okay for Now’ Author to Meet Readers

MOUNT DESERT — Two-time Newbery Honor and Printz Prize-winning author Gary Schmidt will speak about his latest book, “Okay for Now,” on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m. at the Northeast Harbor Library.

A booksigning and reception will follow in the Mellon Room. Copies of Okay for Now” and “Wednesday Wars” will be on sale. Proceeds will go to support the programs of the nonprofit Island Readers & Writers.

For more information visit

‘44 Presidents’ Shows at ART

MOUNT DESERT — Acadia Repertory Theatre is performing “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” through Sunday, July 31.

Described as a  “chronological romp through American history” by the theater’s artistic director, Andrew Mayer, in this piece by

Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin and Genevra Gallo-Bayiates – first produced in Chicago in 2002 – each presidency is briefly explored – mistakes and successes are celebrated.

Told in comedy, drama, music, and movement, the play “is as funny, dramatic, moving, ironic, and fascinating as American history itself,” said Mr. Mayer.

Tickets are $23, or $18 for students, senior citizens and members of the military, and $10 for children younger than 16.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the box office at 244-7260, or visit

Young Strings Players Perform

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library presents the Kneisel Hall Young Artists in concert at St. John Episcopal Church on Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

The program includes Beethoven String Quartet 18/1, Bartok String Quartet No. 6 and Ravel String Quartet.

The Kneisel Chamber Music School is a rigorous seven-week chamber music program for 50 international pre-professional young artists: 20 violinists, nine violists, 14 cellists and seven pianists. The program is divided into two sessions over the summer for rehearsals, coaching, master classes, concerts and performance. Each session concludes with a series of public concerts.

St. John’s is at 315 Main Street in Southwest Harbor.

For more information call the library at 244-7065 or visit the website

Gallery Exhibit Debuts

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Salty Dog Gallery, 322 Main St., is hosting an artists’ reception on Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Marc Fink and Ivan Rasmussen, whose work will be featured  through the end of July.

Mr. Rasmussen, who has spent much of his adult life on the waterfront of Mount Desert Island as artist, gallery owner and harbormaster of Bar Harbor, will be presenting work on crows.

Mr. Fink, a painter and printmaker from Bass Harbor, has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University. He says, “I am most interested in the composition and expressive nature of color.”

For more information call 244- 5918.

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