Summer Festival of the Arts students Griffin Cole (left, back to) and Ila Boatright film Martin Hurley (left) and Katie Horton jumping from rocks in their 3D Photography class taught by Meghan McDunnah.

Summer Festival of the Arts turns 40

BAR HARBOR — Summer Festival of the Arts is celebrating 40 summers of inspiring young artists and performers this year. In honor of the anniversary, the organization is planning a gala evening of performance, art and reminiscence at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on July 28 and a series of other events.

The gala will include a silent auction featuring unique art from a variety of SFOA-associated artists. Included in the auction is a quilt crafted with SFOA T-shirts from different years of the festival.

The evening before the gala, July 27 at 7 p.m., SFOA will host an informal alumni meet-up at Cherrystones in Bar Harbor.

Current summer camp participants will showcase their work at Mount Desert Island High School on Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Work from students ages 8 to 14, and three weeks of classes, including Improv Theater, Origami, Poetry Slam, 3D Photography and Irish Fiddling, will be showcased.

For adults wanting their own artistic inspiration, a special session of intensive classes is also planned at ArtWaves in Town Hill.

From July 23-27, painter Judy Taylor, dancer Jeremy Cline and author Jenna Beaulieu will lead special classes in honor of the SFOA anniversary.

Tickets for the gala are $55. Visit or call 244-3855 for tickets or more information about any of the events.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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