Arts & living

  • Open call for public sculpture art project  

    Open call for public sculpture art project  

    SKOWHEGAN — Main Street Skowhegan and the Wesserunsett Arts Council (WesArts) have launched an open call for proposals to Kennebec on Fire, a public art sculpture project to be installed seasonally in the Kennebec River in Skowhegan. The submission deadline is Feb. 28.   Open to artists, with a preference for local talent, this call is for more sculptures of an installation that will

  • Maine author launches book at Sherman’s 

    Maine author launches book at Sherman’s 

    BAR HARBOR ─ East Boothbay author Marilyn Beardsley Heise recently launched retail sales of her new book “Perilous Pills, Protecting Yourself from Fluoroquinolone Injury” at Sherman’s stores in Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, Bar Harbor, Freeport and Portland. This is her first book.  Marilyn was harmed by taking an antibiotic called Levaquin, part of a frequently prescribed class of drugs called fluoroquinolones that also includes Cipro, Avelox and numerous generics. She suffered severe tendinitis

  • Handmade cards on display at library 

    Handmade cards on display at library 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Emma Albee’s handmade cards will be on display at the Southwest Harbor Public Library during the month of January.  Albee started making crafts as a kid, creating ornaments and attending craft fairs with family. She began making cards 15 years ago and participated in more craft fairs every year. Her card style has evolved over time to include more elaborate designs and she especially enjoys making

  • Boston Cane goes to soon-to-be centenarian 

    Boston Cane goes to soon-to-be centenarian 

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR— LaVerne Redlon is set to turn 100 this month and the town has presented her with the Boston Post Cane as an early present.  Board of Selectmen Chairman Kristin Hutchins presented Redlon with the cane on Dec. 22 at her home just off Main Street where she lives with her daughter, Jeanne Boyd.   In 1909, over 700 Boston Post Canes were given to New

  • Arts Glances

    Arts Glances

    Virtual artist’s afternoon  SOUTHWEST HARBOR—Master Carver Steve Valleau will be the featured artist for the Shelburne Museum’s first Artist’s Afternoon online event of 2021. Attend the event free via the Wendell Gilley Facebook page on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. for a virtual seminar about the works of master carvers Elmer Crowell and Wendell Gilley, a discussion of Valleau’s own carving, as

  • Rock-solid family trade 

    Rock-solid family trade 

    BAR HARBOR — Scraps of high-quality stone left over from the projects of MDI-based Mount Desert Granite and Brick have now been given a second life as unique replicas of the many boats that sail area waters.    Life-long sailor and retired high school teacher Griff Fenton of Marlboro Beach has combined his artistic endeavors to build stone model sailboats. Having recently completed canvas

  • Iftin back by popular demand

    Iftin back by popular demand

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Back by popular demand, Somali and Maine author and immigrant Abdi Nor Iftin returns on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. for an online presentation sharing his immigrant experience hosted by the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Iftin’s biography “Call Me American” is the true story of his survival in war-ravaged Mogadishu, Somalia,

  • Music program for little ones to move to 

    Music program for little ones to move to 

    ELLSWORTH — Blue Hill educator Deborah Reinke once again will offer early childhood music and movement classes free online starting Jan. 26 through Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI). Space is limited and pre–registration is required by Jan. 15 at ellsworthcommunitymusic.org.  Tuesday classes will begin Jan. 26 and will run through March 2. Classes will be taught online via Zoom in two time slots, 9 to 9:40 a.m.

  • Online photo exhibit honors faces

    Online photo exhibit honors faces

    CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library kicks off the new year with a virtual art show that honors the universal longing to see faces again. During the month of January, the library will exhibit an online show of portraits called “Uncovered” by Rockland-based photographer Anne Brown. In conjunction with the show, Brown will appear in a program via Zoom

  • First Valentine Award given to MDNA 

    First Valentine Award given to MDNA 

    NORTHEAST HARBOR — On Nov. 8, Seaside UCC presented its inaugural Valentine Award to Mount Desert Nursing Association’s Director Heather Lewis and Clinical Director Christine Mild.  MDNA is dedicated to serving the health care needs of Mount Desert Island’s seasonal and year-round residents. They have skilled registered nurses who provide quality in-home care to all ages. The association also supports community health by offering preventive and educational programs.  Seaside UCC’s Valentine Award was created