Jack’s tugboat Paula B ties up behind Al’s lobster boat at the town dock at Grindle Point on Islesboro, Maine in Penobscot Bay.


Dutchman’s Pipe vine covers the porch and blocks the door. Neighbors complain, “Cut the vine. We can’t see in!” And the homeowner replies, “No, but I can see out.”


Islesboro sits in the midst of Penobscot Bay, where glacial rocks are pitted and split by the long slog from the Lenintide Ice Sheet in Canada 20-30,000 years ago and from tides and weathering.


Fierce Nor’easter blows through Islesboro, Maine, leaving sticky snow adhering to a lone tree in front of Grindle Point Lighthouse in Penobscot Bay.


Many of these photos are shot on infrared film, printed as B&W photos, and hand-painted with Marshall’s transparent oils in a style reminiscent of Wallace Nutting, but with attitude.


Most of these photos were taken in Cliff Houle’s auto parts lot up-island. Autos, trucks, school buses and broken down sheds round out the collection of rust and rubble.


Images and Impressions of Islesboro, Maine and Life Down East

SevenKnotsGallery.com features the color and B&W photography, pen and ink drawings, and cartoons of Jack McConnell. His subject is Islesboro, a 13-mile island in the Penobscot Bay, off the coast of Camden, Maine.

Islesboro lies near the coastal harbors of Rockland, Rockport, Belfast, Castine, Stonington, North Haven and Vinal Haven.

For 25 summers Jack ran his 28-foot Crosby tugboat Paula B among the islands, capturing local scenes and portraits — while the living, breathing Paula B ran the gallery from solid ground. We hope our old friends will gather here to recall good times, and new friends will wander in and take home a piece of our little part of heaven on the coast of Maine….

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