News release below from the Penobscot Marine Museum
Mary Bourke, Bathers, acrylic on birch panel, 2015, 18 by 18 inches
Pairing PMM’s Three Bathers photo with Bourke Bathers
VINTAGE PHOTOS AND CONTEMPORARY ART COME TOGETHER
IN UNUSUAL PENOBSCOT MARINE MUSEUM EXHIBIT
On view at PMM from May 28 through October 16, 2016
SEARSPORT—As part of its “Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine” summer programming, the Penobscot Marine Museum will present “Maine: A Continuum of Place” in the Main Street Gallery, May 28 to October 16. An opening reception for the show, with Guest Curator Carl Little, is planned for Friday, May 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Carl Little, author of Paintings of Maine, Art of the Maine Islands and other books, chose vintage photographs and postcards of coastal Maine from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection and paired them with images of those places by contemporary Maine artists. The photographs, which will have been enlarged, and the artworks will be displayed side by side.
“Pairing vintage photographs with modern-day paintings of similar subjects by artists active today was not only great fun, but also a way to highlight what I call the ‘continuum of place,’ ” says Little. “Maine’s landscape has inspired a remarkable sense of place over the past 150 years,” he notes, “and that vibrant tradition continues today.” The exhibition features the work of 17 artists from across Maine: Joel Babb, Susan Lewis Baines, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Mary Bourke, Sam Cady, Alison Goodwin, Philip Frey, Liddy Hubbell, Tina Ingraham, Ben Lincoln, Jeff Loxterkamp, Caren-Marie Michel, Linda Norton, Winslow Myer, Karen Spitfire, Jude Valentine, and David Vickery.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of “Maine Postcard Day”, Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2016 series of exhibits “Wish You Were Here: Communicating Maine” presents a hundred years of images which have been used to communicate the unique qualities of Maine to the outside world. Using postcards, photography, and contemporary art, these exhibits explore the changes which have taken place in the images which have we have used to communicate “Maine”.
About Penobscot Marine Museum
Penobscot Marine Museum brings Maine history to life in twelve beautiful historic buildings in the seacoast village of Searsport, Maine. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as a ship captain's house, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19th century Chinese and Japanese pottery, paintings and textiles, historic Maine boats, a fisheries exhibit, and an heirloom vegetable garden. The museum has over 200,000 historic photographs, and a maritime history research library. Check the website for daily activities and events. The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.