Exhibits

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Historic Photography Exhibit Now in Deer Isle

Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye is now at the Island Heritage Trust barn, in Deer Isle, Maine.  The photographs in Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye are of places people loved a century ago, when the owner of Eastern Illustrating 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 exhibit is hosted by the Deer-Isle-Stonington Historical Society, and will be at the Island Heritage Trust barn, 420 Sunset Rd., Deer Isle, through August 31st.

Stonington, Maine courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Stonington, Maine courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

An online exhibit on Penobscot Marine Museum’s website www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org includes many additional Hancock County images.   The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 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.  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.

Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The exhibit is free.  For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or www.dis-historicalsociety.org.

Penobscot Marine Museum is in Searsport, Maine and has seven new exhibits and over fifty programs and events during the 2014 season.  Its three acre, ten building campus is  open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm, through Sunday, October 19.

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.
To view the complete lineup of our Gee’s Bend events, click here.

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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.

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.

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Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine

Saturday, May 3 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The Boothbay Railway Village in partnership with the Boothbay Region Historical Society will host Kevin
Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine for an illustrated talk entitled Boothbay: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company. The talk will take place inside the Town Hall at the Boothbay Railway Village. Admission is free, donations to the Penobscot Marine Museum are appreciated. The Boothbay Railway Village is located at 586 Wiscasset Road,
Route 27 in Boothbay, Maine.

The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 pm
Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum, will discuss and share the maritime photography archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport. The Apprenticeshop, is located at 643 Main Street in Rockland. The event is open to the public and admission is $5.

Summerfolk: The Postcard View

Live on the Maine Memory Network

Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Through April 30 at
Sullivan Town Office
1888 US Hwy 1

Historic Photographs of Schooner Bowdoin Returning From Greenland

Now Online at Penobscot Marine Museum
The John Booras Collection of historic photographs of the schooner Bowdoin, probably taken in1924 on a return voyage of Arctic exploration from Greenland, is now online. Most of these one hundred and forty photographs were taken at a stop the Bowdoin made on Monhegan Island, and they provide an intimate look at an Arctic expedition making its way home. A native-made kayak, a young girl in native Greenlandic dress, and northern dogs are seen on board ship. The Bowdoin’s famous captain Admiral Donald B. MacMillan, who was recruited for Arctic exploration by Robert E. Peary, is being presented with flowers by local children. John Booras, a retired postman who collects and researches old photographs, found these negatives in a shop in Massachusetts, bought the collection, and returned it to Maine by donating it to the Penobscot Marine Museum.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Kevin Johnson Kicks Off Maritime Month Lecture Series at Camden Public Library

Searsport, Maine, March 28, 2014 – “The Coastwise Photography Collection of Ed Coffin” is the subject of Kevin Johnson’s talk on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm at Camden Public Library. Ed Coffin spent seventy years building this collection of photographs which document Maine’s maritime culture from Boothbay to Stockton Springs from the 1890’s to the 1980’s. In 2013 he donated this historic collection to Penobscot Marine Museum. An exhibit of the photographs, “The Coastwise Photography of Ed Coffin” will be on display in the Picker Room at the library through the month of April. This is the first time the collection has been on public display. Ed Coffin and Maynard Bray will be on hand during Kevin’s talk to answer questions.

The Penobscot Marine Museum’s three acre campus of twelve exhibit buildings will be open Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, October 19th, 2014. Penobscot Marine Museum Admissions and Store is located at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. The Museum Store and Framer are currently open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

PMM’s Ed Coffin Collection: moving Federal-style house by barge from Phippsburg

PMM’s Ed Coffin Collection: moving Federal-style house by barge from Phippsburg