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Summer 2014: Sailing Tours, Daily Events and Seven Exhibitions

On Saturday, May 24, Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport opens with Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources, one of seven exhibits which begins a season overflowing with events including sailing tours of Searsport Harbor, craft demonstrations, the Maine Boatbuilding Forum, twice weekly children’s activities, and the Historic Photography and the Thursday Night Lecture Series.

Photograph courtesy Dean Kotula

Photograph courtesy Dean Kotula

Using interactive displays and historic photographs, Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources explores the past and the future of these resources in Maine.  The exhibit examines the modern technology of fishing and of wind and tidal power, and looks at how this impacts Maine’s working waterfront, culture, environment and tourism.   The opening reception for Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resource is Friday, May 23, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport.

History Chests: Exhibit Designed by the Sophmore Class of Searsport District High School has a special Opening Reception and tour on Thursday, May 22, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The students will take visitors to see the sea chests they placed in PMM’s Merithew and Fowler True Ross Houses.  Nine sea captain chests, which contain specific artifacts showing the different aspects of the impact the Penobscot Bay has on the Midcoast region, were assembled and documented by students from the sophomore class of SDHS. The topics include marine art, the granite industry, lumbering, fisheries, the Penobscot Nation, life at sea, navigation, ship building, and Far East trade.

History Chest designed by SDHS students

History Chest designed by SDHS students

A major retrospective of a beloved Maine artist, Eric Hopkins: Shells – Fish – Shellfish, opens Monday, June 16.  Eric Hopkins will be on hand for the Artist’s Reception on  Friday, July 25, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  One of a handful of artists born in Maine to receive national recognition, Hopkins has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country.  This exhibit includes paintings, monotypes and glass and wood sculpture, much of which has not been seen before.  It also includes, for the first time, Hopkins’ personal collection of the skeletons, shells and remnants of creatures picked up on beaches over his lifetime and which have inspired the artwork in this exhibition.  This exhibit is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport through Sunday, October 19.

Three photography shows in the Main Street Gallery will explore the art of fish, wind and tide throughout Penobscot Marine Museum’s season.  The first exhibit is Maritime Muse – Inspired By the Sea, Saturday, May 24, through Thursday, June 26.  These exciting photographs by Dean Kotula are from his years of working on foreign factory ships.   Photographs by Lisa Tyson Ennis, What Once Was – Our Changing Fisheries,

document a traditional way of life which is fast disappearing, and include photographs of remote fishing villages in Newfoundland accessible only by boat.  Tuesday, September 9 through Sunday, October 19, The Photography of Antonia Small bears witness to some remarkable souls living along the coast and doing whatever they can to keep the ancient link to fishing and to the sea alive in coastal villages.

“Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine brings quilts hailed by the New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced” to Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Saturday, August 2 through Sunday, September 7. September 3rd through September 8th four of the Gee’s Bend quilters will be teaching courses at Fiber College of Maine in Searsport.  Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, Maine will also have quilts from Gee’s Bend from Friday, July 4 through Saturday, August 30.  This will be the first time the quilts and the quilters have been north of Boston.

In addition to the five exhibits, the Schooner GUILDIVE will be offering sailing tours of Searsport Harbor on Mondays and Saturdays, every Tuesday the Searsport Farmers’ Market will be on the crescent 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, children’s activities are scheduled for every Wednesday and Friday, crafters will demonstrations on Thursdays for Artisan Days, and lectures and book signings are scheduled nearly every week.  Please call 207-548-2529 for more information.

Penobscot Marine Museum, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, is open for the 2014 season from Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19.

The Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.

Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources

Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19
Opening reception Friday, May 23, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street

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Photo by Maynard Bray

Using interactive displays and photographs, Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources explores the history of Maine’s fisheries, historic coastal tide mills, and wind powered ships. The exhibit also looks at Maine scientists’ pioneering work in the exciting and sometimes controversial future of these resources. How is modern technology affecting our fisheries? Do wind and tidal power have a place in our future? How do modern technologies impact Maine’s working waterfront, culture, environment, and the state’s largest industry of tourism?

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History Chests: Exhibit Designed by the Sophomore Class of Searsport District High School

Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19
Opening Reception Thursday, May 22, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
This exhibit is in Merithew and Fowler True Ross Houses.

Nine sea captain chests, which contain specific artifacts showing the different aspects of the impact the Penobscot Bay has on the Midcoast region, were assembled and documented by students from the sophomore class of SDHS. The topics include marine art, the granite industry, lumbering, fisheries, the Penobscot Nation, life at sea, navigation, ship building, and Far East trade.

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Eric Hopkins: Shells – Fish – Shellfish

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Monday, June 16 through Sunday, October 19
Opening reception Friday, July 25, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Blue Fish, 1988, painted wood, 48"x56"x30"

Blue Fish, 1988, painted wood, 48″x56″x30″

This exhibit is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street
Capturing Eric Hopkins’ life-long fascination with life from the sea, this major retrospective includes paintings, monotypes, and glass and wood sculpture, much of which has not been seen before. It also includes Hopkins’ personal collection, which has inspired the work in this exhibition, of the skeletons, shells and other remnants of creatures picked up on beaches over the course of his life. The sea was an integral part of Eric Hopkins’ childhood on the island of North Haven and around Penobscot Bay. “I look back and think how connected everything in my life was,” Hopkins says. “The rocks and shells and bones and branches were my play things. I’d see the patterns of clouds repeated on the waves on the water and later in the flesh of the filleted flounder.”

Broken Shell Form #1, 1986, ink and oil o/c, 4' x 3'

Broken Shell Form #1, 1986, ink and oil o/c, 4′ x 3′

“Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine

Saturday, August 2 through Sunday, September 7
Opening reception Saturday, August 2, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Generously sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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Gee’s Bend quilts have been hailed by the New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced”. Gee’s Bend is a tiny remote town in rural Alabama. For decades the women of Gee’s Bend made quilts to keep their families warm, creating their own designs in isolation. In 1998 art collector Will Arnett recognized these quilts as important works of art and organized The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, an exhibition which began at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and travelled to nine major museums across the country including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Whitney Museum in New York City. This will be the first time the quilts and the quilters have been north of Boston. This exhibit is a collaboration between Penobscot Marine Museum, Maine Fiberarts, and Fiber College of Maine, whose director Astrig Tanguay is responsible for bringing the quilts and quiltmakers to Maine. Gee’s Bend quilters China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo will be teaching classes at Fiber College of Maine September 3rd through September 8th.

On the evening of September 3rd the First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a public New England boiled dinner, and a discussion forum and gospel singing with China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo. The forum, during which two quilts will be raffled, will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy. “Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine, but with a different selection of quilts, will be at Maine Fiberarts from Friday, July 4 through Saturday, August 30.

Photography exhibits in the Main Street Gallery

Maritime Muse – Inspired By the Sea
Saturday, May 24, through Thursday, June 26
Opening reception Friday, May 23, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dean Kotula

Dean Kotula

This historically significant group of silver gelatin photographs by Dean Kotula offers an exciting and rare glimpse of foreign factory ships fishing in U.S. waters. After 1975, every foreign vessel fishing in U.S. waters had to have an American on board during fishing operations to document catches and collect biological data. From 1985 to 1990 Kotula worked aboard these factory ships as an observer, taking full advantage of this extraordinary experience by putting his camera to use.


What Once Was – Our Changing Fisheries
Saturday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 29
Opening reception Saturday, June 28, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Lisa Tyson Ennis

Lisa Tyson Ennis

Hauntingly beautiful photographs by Lisa Tyson Ennis document an ancient coastal way of life which is fast becoming extinct. Included are photographs of remote fishing villages in Newfoundland accessible only by boat. Lisa Tyson Ennis works solely with historical processes: large and medium format cameras, black and white film, handmade toners, and oil paints. Each image is hand printed and painted with light in a traditional wet darkroom. Ennis’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Tides Institute, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art.


The Photography of Antonia Small
Tuesday, September 9 through Sunday, October 19
Opening reception Saturday, September 13, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Antonia Small, Fishinghouse detail

Antonia Small, Fishinghouse detail

Antonia Small’s lovely photographs bear witness to remarkable people in coastal villages doing whatever they can to keep the ancient link to fishing and to the sea alive. Her photographic work is devoted to the study of relationships between people, place and time, particularly sea-infused places and the people who love those places. Living in Port Clyde, Antonia Small is happy to be within earshot of the sea and walking distance to a wharf or a beach. Her photographs have been shown in group and solo shows in New England, New York and France.

Wine Tasting at The Good Kettle

Thursday, May 15, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Good Kettle, 247 US Route One, Stockton Springs.
Another delicious fund-raising event!

Come taste scrumptious wines and 25% of every bottle you buy goes to Penobscot Marine Museum. The Good Kettle has a delightful, friendly atmosphere with delicious home-style carry-out, fine wines and local products.

Thank you Good Kettle!

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Historic Photography Exhibit of Washington County Opens in Eastport

Generously sponsored in part by National Endowment for the Arts.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit Washington County Through Eastern’s Eye is now on view at the Eastport Art Center in Eastport, Maine.   The exhibit of photographs from the museum’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company collection is a collaboration between the Penobscot Marine Museum and the various historical societies and historians of Washington County.  It features thirty-three historic photographs taken throughout Washington County from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, and it has been travelling throughout the county since February of 2013.

Ships at Anchor, Eastport, Maine, courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Ships at Anchor, Eastport, Maine, courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

“This exhibit sparks a pride of place and an interest in local history when it comes to a town,” says Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photography Archivist.  “Our volunteer, Liz Fitzsimmons, worked closely with individuals and historical societies from virtually every community in Washington County community to research these photographs.”  An online exhibit on the museum’s website www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org includes many additional images.   The exhibit is also online on the Maine Memory Network.

The photographs in Washington County Through Eastern’s Eye are of places people loved.  A century ago the founder of Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns telling them to ask local citizens what they should photograph, what was important to them about their town.   This makes the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company photos aesthetically beautiful and historically important.

The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of early 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives.   The Penobscot Marine Museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and has recently added a searchable database online to their website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection.

Washington County Through Eastern’s Eye will be at the Eastport Art Center through July 7, 2014.  The Eastport Art Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, Maine 04631.  For more information call 207-853-4650, email eastportarts@gmail.com or go to www.eastportartscenter.com.  Gallery hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday or by chance when the building is open.  The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is part of four county exhibits the Penobscot Marine Museum will produce.

Volunteer Day & Yale Day of Service

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

We have fun

We have fun

Come join the Yale alumni and their friends and family taking part in the annual YaleDayofService at Penobscot Marine Museum this May. Help us clean the boat barns, wash the windows, touch up the railings, and get ready for opening! We will feed you a delicious lunch.

Every spring for the past six years Yale volunteers have teamed up at service projects as varied as beautifying urban spaces, prepping special-needs camps for the season, and mentoring inner-city youth. Last year over 3500 participants pitched in at 232 sites in 16 countries.

This year will be the fourth YaleDayofService at Penobscot Marine Museum.
Thank you, to all our volunteers,
see you this Saturday!

We will feed you delicious food.

We will feed you delicious food.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s “Maine Boatbuilding Forums”

“Building the Perfect Small Wooden Boat?’ Join the small boat builders of Penobscot Bay who created the craft that allow us to enjoy a day of rowing and sailing, and trailer it home at the end of the day. Enjoy a lively discussion of updated designs versus staying true to tradition, power tools versus hand tools and how to walk away with the boat of your dreams.

Video by George Kerper