Arts Glances: Final days of Jesup May exhibit, poetry reading, Rockefeller Garden

Faith DeAmbrose

Talk on local news May 26 

BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library is hosting a talk on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. titled “Understanding Local News and How to Engage With It.” This talk will also take place online via Zoom. 

Do you ever wonder how the news is made? Join Kate Cough of the Maine Monitor and Faith DeAmbrose of the Mount Desert Islander to take a look behind the scenes of your local newsroom. 

Learn what constitutes news, how decisions are made and, more importantly, how people, businesses and nonprofit organizations can effectively communicate with local media organizations. 

Cough covers energy and the environment for The Maine Monitor as a 2021 Report for America corps member. She was previously a reporter for The Ellsworth American before becoming the inaugural digital media strategist for the American and the Islander. 

DeAmbrose is the managing editor of the Islander. With 20 years’ experience in Maine’s newspaper industry, she holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Maine and currently serves on the Maine Press Association’s board of directors. 

For more information, call the library at (207) 288-4245. 


Dueling Clavichords 

BAR HARBOR — Evening Music at St. Saviour’s presents a special concert on at noon Friday, May 27, called “Dueling Clavichords,” where Kevin Birchand Gregory Crowellperform keyboard music of the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Birch and Crowell will introduce the program with a description and historical overview of the clavichord, which, according to biographer Johann Nikolaus Forkel, was a favorite instrument of Johann Sebastian Bach. 


Island Quilters’  annual show May 28 

MOUNT DESERT — The Island Quilters’ annual quilt show returns on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at a new location, the Parish House at the Somesville Meeting House, 1134 Main St., Mount Desert. 

All are welcome to join the group for a showing of the quilts made over the course of the pandemic. Admission is $3 and includes a free potholder. 

There will be quilts and de-stash fabrics and books for sale. Masking is required indoors. 


Jesup Memorial library displays the artwork of Liddy Hubbell during May.

MIT-educated artist displays work at Jesup Memorial Library 

BAR HARBOR — Stop by the Jesup Memorial Library  to see the work of Bar Harbor-based artist Liddy Hubbell.  

Hubbell says that her show “explores nuances of form, movement and color using narrow palettes and strong, gestural brushwork.”  

Hubbell, who studied architecture and art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that her artwork is based on an interest in the patterns of formal association and the psychological exchange made between landscape, inhabitant and viewer. 

For more information about Hubbell, visit For more information about art shows at the Jesup, email Laura Edwards at [email protected]. 


Gary Rainford

Swan’s Island poet to give poetry reading May 31 

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Swan’s Island poet Gary Rainford will give a poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, from his newest collection of poems, “Adrift: The Love and Loss of Living with Dementia.” 

Rainford is the author of two other poetry collections, “Salty Liquor” and “Liner Notes.” His poems, which he says are shaped by tides, saltwater, music and experience, are published in literary magazines, university journals and newspapers.  

“These poems tell the stories of my mother’s dementia and Alzhehimer’s disease. I never thought I’d have to take care of my mother like this, but we don’t get to cherry pick when people need us most,” Rainford said. 

This program will be in person, masks required, as well as live-streamed.  

Visit to register for the streamed event. Books will be available to purchase in advance from the library. 

For more information, email [email protected] or call (207) 244-7065. 


Criterion concert 

BAR HARBOR — Reggae pioneers, The Wailers, with special guests Gorilla Finger Dub, are scheduled to perform at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor on Thursday, June 2, at 8 p.m.  

The theater is monitoring local COVID-19 trends and will meet or exceed protocols mandated by local governments.  

Show tickets can be purchased online at or 


Rockefeller Garden tickets available 

MOUNT DESERT — The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor will be open six days a week this summer, up from five last year, from June 12 through Sept. 11. Tickets to visit the garden are free, but reservations are required. Reservations may be made online at the garden’s website. The number of visitors is limited to ensure the quality of each visitor’s experience and to protect the garden. 

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