Arts & living

  • A Blueberry Day speaks of simpler way of life

    A Blueberry Day speaks of simpler way of life

    HERNDON, Va. – When Etaine Raphael decided to publish her first children’s book, she not only involved her two daughters in the process, but joined their art class in order to create something to which they could relate.   “What I’m trying to do here is bring a really simple story to life in the eyes of a child,” said

  • Online classes help islanders stay connected

    Online classes help islanders stay connected

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Monica Johnson is a yoga and Qigong teacher who until recently taught classes in Town Hill and Southwest Harbor. She had recently started a YouTube channel to put some of her classes online.  “I was planning on putting up a class once a week, because not everyone can get to the studios,” she

  • Arts and literature online

    Arts and literature online

    MOUNT DESERT ISLAND — Libraries, theaters, and arts organizations may be closed, but you don’t have to give up arts and literature while you are social distancing. Here are some programs offered online.   Art for school-age children Summer Festival of the Arts (SFOA) is setting up virtual art classes to be held on the Zoom teleconferencing service led by local

  • Students cool in face   of contest cancellations

    Students cool in face of contest cancellations

    BAR HARBOR — Students in Mount Desert Island High School performing ensembles were remarkably composed when the news came last week that the big state competitions they’ve spent many months preparing for have been cancelled due to coronavirus precautions, their teachers said.  The school’s show choirs, jazz ensembles and one act play cast and crew all earned

  • Georges, Singh join IRW Board of Directors

    Georges, Singh join IRW Board of Directors

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Island Readers & Writers (IRW) has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, Gigi Georges and Rachel Singh.  Former special assistant to President Bill Clinton and state director for Senator Hillary Clinton, Georges has served as the communications director of the New York City Department of Education, managing director of the Glover Park Group, a leading

  • Kids of all ages create a joyful “Matilda”

    Kids of all ages create a joyful “Matilda”

    BAR HARBOR — Dani Robbins wants to assure the cast and crew of the musical she’s directing that, even though the performances have been postponed, the time and effort they’ve put in is by no means lost.  The work of theater can “prepare us to be better people in real life and deal with real struggles,” she

  • Two centuries of women’s fashion

    Two centuries of women’s fashion

    MOUNT DESERT — A cotton petticoat bustle with a wire bustle cage from the 1880s hangs diagonally across from a pair of patterned cotton skirts that were made from Miss Vogue patterns in the 1960s in the exhibit titled “200 Years of Women’s Fashion” in the Mellon Room at the Northeast Harbor Library. The exhibit

  • ‘Good design’ workshop at Anchorspace

    ‘Good design’ workshop at Anchorspace

    BAR HARBOR— A workshop about evaluating good design will be offered by Danielle Meier of Porcupine Design on Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at Anchorspace Bar Harbor. This workshop will be a short course in principles of design, allowing participants to confidently weigh in on the design decisions demanded from running a business. Meier

  • Four seasons of painting

    Four seasons of painting

      BAR HARBOR — The Plein Air Painters of Acadia are a group of local artists that like to get out and paint in almost any weather. “I’ve been out at 30 [degrees],” said painter Liz Cutler, “and it was really hard.” Cutler kept her eyes on the harbor and brandished a paint brush, dotting