“Swift Scissors” by Tammy Packie will be on display at the Southwest Harbor Public Library March 6 to April 27 as part of the library's Women's History Month exhibit. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE SOUTHWEST HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Exhibit inspired by Maine women authors



The Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor libraries present exhibits beginning this week in honor of Women’s History Month.

Women of all ages will exhibit creative works on the theme “Inspired by the written word of Maine women authors” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library from March 6 to April 27. An exhibitors’ reception is set for Tuesday, March 6, from 5:30-7 p.m. The reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Bass Harbor Memorial Library will present a show of artwork by local island women from March 6 through April 19. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. The reception includes refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and live music with Ryan Blotnik and Danny Fisher.

Women’s History Month at the libraries celebrates the past and present lives of women from the Mount Desert Island community. Held each year in March and sometimes April, the programs pays tribute to MDI women through an exhibit of their creative works, and this year will include additional programs complementing the theme. While Women’s History Month is about the lives of women, the celebrations are for the enjoyment of the entire community.

Each exhibitor in the Southwest Harbor show drew inspiration from the writing of a woman from Maine or deeply connected to Maine, including Rachel Carson (“The Edge of the Sea”), Dahlov Ipcar (“The Cat at Night”), Ruth Moore (“Spoonhandle”), Cynthia Thayer (“A Brief Lunacy”), Edna St. Vincent Millay (“Renascence”), Nan Lincoln (“Cecily’s Summer”), Monica Wood (“When We Were the Kennedys”), Susan Hand Shetterly (“Settled in the Wild”), Barbara Cooney (“Miss Rumphius”), Terry Tempest Williams (“When Women Were Birds”) and many more. The works they have created include oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, hooked rugs, mixed media pieces, sculpture, collage, Japanese woodblock, quilting, sumi ink with brush on rice paper, porcelain tile, photographs and fiber art.

Call the library at 244-7065 or email whpswhpl@gmail.com.

For the Bass Harbor show, artists were asked to respond to a piece of writing, published or not, by a Maine woman. The writing ranges from cookbooks, to poetry, ballads and novels.

On Thursday, March 15, from 5:30-7 p.m., the Bass Harbor library will hold a paint-and-sip inspired family art night, with a parent and child team creating artwork inspired by Maine author and artist Dahlov Ipcar. Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be served at this relaxed and social family event. Space is limited to 10 groups of two. Call 244-3798 or email librarian@bassharborlibrary.com to reserve a spot.

Events are being added and updated weekly. Visit bassharborlibrary.com or find the library on Facebook.