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Gigantic Walk-in Camera Planned for Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2015 Season

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A huge walk-in camera, designed by John Bielenberg and built by John Bielenberg and Richard Mann, is one of the many inter-active exhibits planned By Penobscot Marine Museum for this summer’s Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light.  This is the first major exhibition to feature the museum’s extensive historic photography collection of over 140,000 negatives, prints, slides, postcards and daguerreotypes.

The camera obscura is the precursor of our modern camera.  Its principles were used by the ancient Greeks to observe solar eclipses.  Inside the museum’s camera obscura, light sensitive paper will be available for visitors to take their own “photographs” from the projected image, and paper and pencils will be available for sketching the image, a technique used Leonardo da Vinci in the Renaissance.

PMM’s camera obscura; Horse in Winter, Round Image

PMM’s camera obscura; Horse in Winter, Round Image

Other exhibits in Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light include Museum Selfies taken by museum visitors; Visit an Antique Darkroom complete with a glass plate negative enlarger; Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920; Twenty Best featuring the most fascinating photographs in the collection; Evolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015, curated by retired photography professor Michael Simon; The Carters and the Lukes – Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection is an intimate portrait of two families of boat builders, one who built traditional wooden lobster boats for local fishermen and the other an innovator in the custom yacht business. These photographs, taken during the 1960’s and 1970’s, celebrate the uniquely Maine way of life of the Luke family in East Boothbay and the Carter family in Waldoboro. Photographer Red Boutilier captured an era in Maine boat building which set the standards for today’s Maine boat builders’ international reputation for excellence.

Included in the museum’s events will be a screening of the film The Maine Frontier: Through The Lens Of Isaac Walton Simpson.  Isaac Walton Simpson was a blacksmith, barber, musician, woodsman, mechanic, and father of thirteen children.  This live multimedia presentation uses film, Simpson’s photographs, oral histories and live music to illustrate the pioneering frontier culture of northern Maine at the turn-of-the-century, a pivotal time in Maine’s history.

Anonymous; Boy with Oranges, Buenos Aires, c. 1895-1916

Anonymous; Boy with Oranges, Buenos Aires, c. 1895-1916

Visitors to Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light will be able to take cyanotype-making workshops; pin-hole camera-making workshops; to see tin-type demonstrations and to have their own tin-type made.  Life-sized photographic backdrops in several exhibits will encourage visitors to take photographs of themselves “inside” historic photographs.

Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light is part of the Maine Photo Project (www.mainephotoproject.org), a year-long statewide celebration of photography in Maine.  This collaboration of twenty-six cultural organizations will offer exhibitions, a major publication, and a variety of programs exploring the state’s role as inspiration for photographers.

The Maine Frontier: Through The Lens Of Isaac Walton Simpson is made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.  Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920 is made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light opens at Penobscot Marine Museum on May 23, 2015 and continues through October 18, 2015.   The Maine Frontier: Through The Lens Of Isaac Walton Simpson will be shown on Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m.

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Penobscot Marine Museum member special offer!

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Bring your valid PMM membership card and receive free admission from Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5, 2015 to the Portland Museum of Art’s exhibit The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America. Not a member? Join online or call us at 207-548-2529 ext.221.

Individual members will receive one free adult admission and Dual/Family or higher levels will be entitled to free admission for two adults, along with accompanying children under the age of 18. Benefits will not include member discounts in the PMA Store, PMA Café, or on any ticketed education programs or events that maybe taking place that week.

About the exhibit:

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America is on view at the Portland Museum of Art January 30, 2015 through April 26, 2015. Organized by the New-York Historical Society, The Coast & the Sea features 52 marine paintings and 10 maritime artifacts from New-York Historical Society’s large and impressive collection.

The Coast & the Sea explores the rich visual traditions of marine and maritime art through a diverse selection of paintings and objects that range in date from 1750 to 1904. For example, early 19th-century seascapes by Thomas Birch, who was considered the country’s first specialist in marine paintings, trace the adaptation of Anglo-Dutch painting conventions to an American context. Other highlights include spirited paintings of famous sea battles that celebrate the heroic feats of the U.S. Navy, and romanticized portrayals of ships in storms that symbolize life’s trials and the vicissitudes of nature.

 Image: Junius Brutus Stearns (United States, 1810-1885), Fishing in a Catboat in Great South Bay, 1871, oil on canvas, 29 x 39 1/4 inches. New-York Historical Society, Gift of C. Otto von Kienbusch, 1964.21

Image: Junius Brutus Stearns (United States, 1810-1885), Fishing in a Catboat in Great South Bay, 1871, oil on canvas, 29 x 39 1/4 inches. New-York Historical Society, Gift of C. Otto von Kienbusch, 1964.21

There are portraits of esteemed merchants, mariners, and naval heroes, as well as of notable crafts, including the legendary naval frigate the USS Constitution (known as “Old Ironsides”). Views of bustling harbors and scenic sites along the water by leading landscape artists of the day—such as Samuel Colman, Sanford Gifford, John Frederick Kensett, and Francis Augustus Silva—showcase American waterways as a source of aesthetic inspiration, economic growth, and leisure activities. The global reach of American maritime activities is exemplified in a rare 19th-century painting by an unidentified Chinese artist, portraying the harbor of Canton.

Maritime artifacts such as an elaborately engraved whale’s tooth scrimshaw from the mid-19th century, a mariner’s octant from 1840, and a handsome silver presentation tureen commemorating acts of bravery during the War of 1812 provide additional historical context for understanding the visual and material culture of seafaring life in the United States.

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Boat Builders of East Penobscot Bay at Maine Boatbuilders Forum, Penobscot Marine Museum

Boat Builders of East Penobscot Bay is the topic of this month’s Maine Boatbuilders Forum at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm with Peter Buxton of Buxton Boats, Stonington, Maine. Buxton Boats is a wooden boat building and design company, specializing in lobster boat and lobster yacht construction and designs of all types, located in the Burnt Cove area of Stonington. Peter Buxton designed and built the 38’ wooden lobster boat named “Sea Song” launched in June 2013 for Frank Gotwals of Stonington. She is built of native white cedar on white oak and fastened with domestic bronze screws. He also works on wooden boat restorations, including the keel up restoration of the 1969 49′ Beal and Bunker passenger boat “Gansett” of Newport, Rhode Island; the restoration of “Katarina”, a 1927 English Cutter restored for the Wooden Boat Rescue Foundation; and the Erastus Hart built 1903 oyster sloop “Nellie H”.

Buxton Boats restoration

Buxton Boats restoration

The Maine Boatbuilding Forum is moderated by Jon Johansen of Maine Coastal News, and is held at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, Route One, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 members and $10 non-members. For more information go to www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

“Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey, Book Signing and Talk at Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., David Estey will be at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport to discuss and sign “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. “A humorous labor of love,” is how Estey describes his new illustrated memoir about colorful family members, friends, and characters he experienced while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast, Maine. The memoir begins in Aroostook, but Estey attended the Rhode Island School of Design, travelled throughout Europe, was in the army, worked for the IRS, and lived in the South, before returning to Maine for a second career as an award-winning artist. Estey’s paintings will be on display for the event.

Left: Author and artist David Estey Right: “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey

Left: Author and artist David Estey
Right: “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine by David Estey

“In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two,” says art critic Carl Little about “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine. Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily News writes, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.” The 144-page memoir includes 41 photos or drawings and paintings David Estey did over the years. It will be available in the Museum store as well as at Left Bank Books in Belfast.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is on Route One 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 through October 19. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm through Sunday. Admission is free to members and Searsport residents.

Searsport Challenges Stockton Springs to a Chili Cook-off at Fling Into Fall

This year at Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th, the public will be asked to taste and vote on whether the police, firemen and EMTs of Searsport can make a better chili than their counterparts in Stockton Springs.  In addition to the Chili Cook-off, there will be an Apple Pie Tasting Contest with professional pastry chefs judging the best pie, the Tonka Truck Restoration project for kids, “people’s choice” Scarecrow and Jack O’ Lantern Contests, Antique Car Show, hayrides, music, a bonfire, and parade.  This year also includes an unusual and very special breast cancer fundraiser: for $25 one of the Searsport Fireman will shave your head.

Kids in Costume at Fling Into Fall

Kids in Costume at Fling Into Fall

Fling Into Fall festivities begin on Friday, October 10th at 10:00 am on the Penobscot Marine Museum Crescent on Route One and end with a concert by Juke Rockets at 7:15 to 9:00 pm at the Searsport Public Safety Building, 3 Union Street.  On Saturday, October 11th Fling Into Fall opens with a 7:00 to 9:00 am Public Breakfast at the Masonic Hall and ends with a Public Italian Supper at the Congregational Church, 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  Each year for Fling Into Fall, Searsport residents Joe and Jamie Plumber donate a week at their Florida beach house to a lucky raffle prize winner.  The tickets are free and available both days, the winning ticket will be chosen at 3:30 pm on Saturday at the Searsport Public Safety Building, 3 Union Street.

Prize-winning Antique Car at Fling Into Fall

Prize-winning Antique Car at Fling Into Fall

For more information and a schedule of events, call Kari at 548-2769 or go to the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/flingintofall.  For information about the Tonka Truck Restoration Project, contact Joe Plummer at 207-548-2834 if you would like to register for the project and receive a truck to repair.  To register for the Apple Pie Baking Contest, call Zoe at 548-4050.

Searsport Launches 2014 Tonka Truck Restoration Project for Fling Into Fall Celebration

As part of Searsport’s annual Fling Into Fall celebration on October 10 and 11, Searsport resident Joe Plummer has scheduled Tonka truck repair workshops with for children who would like to fix up a truck. The restored trucks will be displayed in Mosman Park at Fling Into Fall and trophies and prizes will be awarded by age group for Best Restoration. Tonka truck repair workshops will be held at Searsport Motor Company, 315 E. Main St. in Searsport on Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am to noon, and at Searsport Automotive and Tires, 357 W. Main St. on October 4, 9:00 am to noon. Contact Joe Plummer at 207-548-2834 if you would like to register for the project and receive a truck to repair.

A prize-winning truck from 2013

A prize-winning truck from 2013

“Last year we had forty-five children sign up,” says Joe Plummer. “When the kids come to the workshops, they get to work with professionals and use a sandblaster and paint. It is very exciting for them. We have both boys and girls repairing trucks. We are grateful to Searsport Automotive and Tires and Searsport Motor Company for donating their time and materials to the project.”

The Tonka Truck Restoration Project is part of Searsport’s annual autumn celebration Fling Into Fall, which is on Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th. There will be a parade, music, an antique car show, a craft show, delicious food, a scarecrow contest, face painting, pumpkin carving, an art exhibit and more. The parade begins at 11:00 am on Saturday and the Antique Car Show begins at 11:30 am at Mosman Park. The Tonka Trucks will be on display during the car show and judging will be at 2:30 pm.

For more information on the Tonka Truck Restoration Project call Joe Plummer at 207-548-2834.

 

University of Maine Scientist Speaks About Floating Offshore Wind: Becoming a Reality? at Penobscot Marine Museum

Dr. Andrew Goupee, University of Maine

Dr. Andrew Goupee, University of Maine

Can off-shore wind power reduce our dependence on fossil fuels? On Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 pm, Dr. Andrew Goupee of University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center will talk about the exciting research and the projects at University of Maine which makes Maine one of the leaders in pioneering offshore wind research in the U.S. The scientists at the University of Maine may possibly change our energy future.

Dr. Andrew J. Goupee holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and is the Libra Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine. Dr. Goupee teaches core mechanical engineering courses in addition to wind energy engineering and has performed research in the areas of solid mechanics, geophysics and marine renewable energy. Currently, Dr. Goupee’s research employs model testing and numerical methods to investigate the dynamic behavior of offshore floating wind turbines.

Floating Offshore Wind: Becoming a Reality? at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport. Tickets are $8 for members and Searsport residents and $10 for non-members.

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village on three acres with hands-on activities and demonstrations in ten exhibit buildings on Route One in Searsport, Maine. The museum is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. Admissions, Museum Store and Museum Framer are at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

The Photography of Antonia Small at Penobscot Marine Museum

Antonia Small grew up fishing with her uncle on Mobile Bay, so she is happy to now live in Port Clyde, Maine within earshot of the sea and walking distance to a wharf or a beach. She discovered photography as a young adult, then combined her love of both photography and the sea by working with French maritime photographer Philip Plisson. 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. Her photographs have been shown in group and solo shows in New England, New York and France. The Photography of Antonia Small opens Tuesday, September 9 at Penobscot Marine Museum, and honors remarkable people in coastal villages doing whatever they can to keep the centuries-old link to fishing and to the sea alive. The exhibit’s opening reception is Saturday, September 13, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in PMM’s Main Street gallery, 40 East Main St, Searsport, Maine.

Antonia Small, Fishinghouse detail

Antonia Small, Fishinghouse detail

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village on three acres with hands-on activities and demonstrations in ten exhibit buildings on three acres Route One in Searsport, Maine. The museum is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. Admissions, Museum Store and Museum Framer are at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

Jason Constantine at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Maine Boatbuilders Forum

Jason Constantine, President of North End Composites and Back Cove Yachts in Rockland, Maine, is the featured boat builder on Penobscot Marine Museum’s Maine Boatbuilder’s Forum, Thursday, September 11, at 7:00 pm. Back Cove Yachts and its sister company of Sabre Yachts together form the largest recreational boatbuilding company in the State of Maine. The Forum topic, Boat Builders of West Penobscot Bay, Stockton to Port Clyde encompasses the homeport of the Maine Windjammer fleet and the lobster and fishing industries, and is as well as the jumping off point for the large islands running down the spine of the Bay. The boatbuilders of the West Bay build and maintain the vessels needed in these industries and recreational pursuits. This program is in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information go click here or call 207-548-2529 or 0334.

 Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine

Back Cove Yachts, Rockland, Maine

Penobscot Marine Museum recreates an historic seacoast village on three acres with hands-on activities and demonstrations in ten exhibit buildings on three acres Route One in Searsport, Maine. The museum is open May 24 through October 19, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Admission is free for Searsport residents and museum members. Admissions, Museum Store and Museum Framer are at 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

Benefit in Memory of Mike Stein

In memory of Penobscot Marine Museum’s beloved Board Member Dr. Mike Stein, and to celebrate his love of the water and boating, Jerri Finch has donated her beautiful painting West Fork to raise funds in his memory. The painting is oil on board, 9 1/2″ x 14 1/2″, and has a lovely wooden frame. Purchase your raffle tickets or make a donation in Mike’s memory online here. The drawing will be on December 15th at the museum.

Due to the closing of the Museum Shop and Framer in October, we have extended the raffle. The drawing has been rescheduled to Friday, August 28, 2015 at the museum.

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West Fork by Jerri Finch