Arts: Glances

‘Sky Dancer’

BAR HARBOR — In a remote locale on the Tibetan plateau a Tibetan Buddhist community lives something of an anomaly. Chinese and Tibetan students study together and are treated as equals, and their spiritual leader, Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo, is a woman. The film “Sky Dancer,” created by College of the Atlantic alumna Jody Kemmerer, features the life and journey of this woman, known to most as Khandroma. It will be screened at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in McCormick Lecture Hall. Ms. Kemmerer will be present to speak about the film. “I decided to make ‘Sky Dancer’ after my first trip to Tibet in 2005 when I traveled across the plateau seeking out the last remaining great female practitioners,” said Ms. Kemmerer. “The last woman we met was Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo. I fell in love with her and her family and her playful down-to-earth ability to deliver the Buddhist teachings as well as serve the needs of her community. I returned seven months later to film her.”

For more about the film, visit For more information about the screening contact Dianne Clendaniel at [email protected], 801-5624 or 288-5015.


SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library’s May artists of the month are members of Hook & I, a local group of rug hookers. Their work will adorn the walls of the library throughout the month. The display case in the Holmes Room will contain fiber arts curated by Chloe Hatcher.

Full of texture and color, the exhibit includes familiar island scenes such as “Red Chairs at Jordan Pond,” above,  by Patti Wharton and the seascape “Red Over Green Sailing Machine” by Judith Burger-Gossart. Karen McFarland is showing her personalized hooked map of Mount Desert Island. Other unique rugs include Kathe Simons’ whimsical “Hooking Sweet Hooking,” “Croquet” by Sturgis Haskins, and “Summer Day” by Nan Ulett. Patsy Fogarty is hanging her large needlepoint rug based on designs by the British designer Elizabeth Bradley.

This is the group’s 11th show at the library. Ms. Wharton founded the group almost 10 years ago. Members meet at the library every Thursday afternoon to work on projects and perfect their technique.  New members are always welcome. For more information contact the library at 244-7065.


Contra Dance

BAR HARBOR — The May contra dance at College of the Atlantic will be a third Friday dance, a little different than the usual schedule. It is scheduled on Friday, May 20, in the college’s Gates Community Center. As usual, the band will be the Big Moose Contra Band, above. Caller will be Chrissy Fowler.

Lessons begin at 7:30 p.m.; dancing starts at 8 p.m. All are welcome, beginning dancers and experts, young and old. Children can dance for free; the cost is $6 for others. For more information, visit or call 288-5015.

Open Studio

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — An open art studio is now available for students in sixth through 12th grades at Harbor House’s newly renovated community room, 329 Main St.

In collaboration with Harbor House, Acadia Family Center’s art therapy intern, Dawn Nuding, above, will lead the two-hour groups as an outlet and means of promoting resiliency in island youth on Mondays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. through November and is offered at no charge. Students interested in learning more should contact Dawn at 244-4012 or [email protected]

“The open studio is a place where kids can come and use the art materials to create whatever they want, in a supportive environment that is free of judgment,” said Ms. Nuding, a graduate student nearing the final semester of her art therapy master’s degree.

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