Arts Glances: Nell Goff Scholarship, short film festival, library portrait exhibit

Artist Judy Taylor’s work will be on display at Northeast Harbor Library until Sept. 30.

MOUNT DESERT — The Northeast Harbor Library is showing the artwork of Judy Taylor this month in an exhibit called “Light, Composition and Moments Painting the Portrait.”  

The exhibit features portraits painted within the last two years during the pandemic from life and from the Zoom platform with a live model posing. Most of the portraits were done in three to five hours. One of the benefits of the Zoom platform is that models from all over the world could sit for Taylor, and this series reflects that diversity. 

Taylor’s work will be on display in the Mellon Room of the library until Sept. 30. It will be available for viewing during library hours. Occasionally, the Mellon Room is booked for private use. For those making a special trip to see the exhibit, call ahead to (207) 276-3333 to check availability. 


(From left) St. Croix District scholarship chair Tom McIntyre, scholarship recipient Madison Jones and Garden Club Federation of Maine’s St. Croix District Director Phyllis Mobraaten.

UMaine junior receives Nell Goff Scholarship 

BAR HARBOR — The St. Croix District has awarded the $1,000 Nell Goff Memorial Scholarship to Madison Jones of Lamoine. A graduate of Mount Desert Island High School, Jones is a junior at the University of Maine in Orono where she is majoring in sustainable agriculture. 

This scholarship aids college students pursuing horticulture-related studies and honors Nell Goff who, in the 1970s and ‘80s, served as the president of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, the director of the club’s St. Croix District and the president of the Bar Harbor Garden Club.  

The St. Croix District includes the garden clubs of Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Ellsworth, Evergreen, Mount Desert, Pleasant River, Sea Breeze and Surry and is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine, the New England Garden Club and the National Garden Club.  For more information, go online to 


Grand short  film festival 

ELLSWORTH — The Grand is hosting the Manhattan Short Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. 

Manhattan Short is the only event of its kind. The final nine are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by Manhattan Short, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students and $8 for Grand members. 

For more information, call (207) 667-9500 or visit 


Ruth Moore chosen for book club 

MOUNT DESERT — Mount Desert Island Historical Society and Bass Harbor Memorial Library will host an October book club meeting Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The club has chosen “Speak to the Winds” by Ruth Moore.  

This online book club gathers to discuss books by Mount Desert Island authors or with local settings.  

Moore, born on Gotts Island, lived with partner Eleanor Mayo in Bass Harbor. She wrote 14 novels, some while living on MDI, and is considered one of the most prominent writers of the mid-20th century. 

Copies of “Speak to the Winds” are available through the MDI Historical Society; email [email protected] or call (207) 276-9323. Copies are also available through local libraries or online at Islandport Press.  

Finishing the novel isn’t required to attend meetings. Register online at 


First National Bank employees present SPCA of Hancock County with a check for $5,000.

FNB supports SPCA of Hancock Count

TRENTON — First National Bank donated $5,000 to SPCA of Hancock County’s matching gift campaign, where the bank and other charitable families will be matching all donations up to $15,000.  

SPCA of Hancock County supports over 500 animals each year and offers community programs including low cost spay/neuter clinics, public pet pantries, microchip services and trap/neuter/release programs.  

To donate to this campaign, visit 

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