Bonilla + White Reception at Star Gallery July 16


Vernal Fall NP, Yosemite, USA by Mayra Bonilla

An Artist Reception featuring the photography of Mayra Bonilla + hand-hooked rugs of Melina White takes place Thursday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Star Gallery, 6 Neighborhood Road, Northeast Harbor.

Born in Costa Rica, Mayra Bonilla says, “I always felt a deep attraction for nature and dedicated a great deal of time to exploring and taking photos in natural areas around the world. My photography is inspired by my love of nature and I am continually seeking new forms and techniques to express this love. I hope my images carry a heartfelt message about our human and moral obligation to be stewards of nature’s extraordinary works.”

Learn more about Bonilla at

In the past few years, Melina White of Seal Harbor Rug Co. has become a distinctive voice in the art scene of Mount Desert Island, Maine. White began her journey to superior rug hooking at the Inchbald School of design in London, England, where she studied garden design. From there she went on to study rug hooking at the famed McAdoo Company in Vermont where she discovered her natural affinity for fabric arts. While still in Vermont she owned and operated a ski hat company called Mountain Ladies and Ewe.


Hand-hooked lobster rug by Melina White

About ten years ago White returned to her two primary passions, rug hooking and Mount Desert Island, where she designs, creates and exhibits her rugs to a growing number of admirers and customers. Check out White’s work at

For more information about Star Gallery, call (207) 276-3060