Ongoing events

Mondays and Saturdays
Schooner GUILDIVE
Saturdays and Mondays, Searsport Town Wharf, Steamboat Avenue.
Sailing tours of Searsport Harbor. Check here for schedule, reservations, and additional information.

Tuesdays 3:00 to 6:00
Searsport Farmers’ Market
May 26 through October 13, on the Crescent, Route One.
Locally grown fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, and plants, and locally made baked goods and crafts.

Make a Cyanotype
Ongoing during the 2015 season
Make your own photograph using only the sun, light-sensitive paper, and found (or your own) objects producing a cyan-blue work of art. Made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.
Cost: Free

Museum opens for the 2015 Season on Saturday, May 23.
2015 Events TBA

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June 2015
$8, $5 for members

Ralph Stanley: An Eye for Wood

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery,
11 Church St., Searsport, 04974 United States
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This moving documentary on the extraordinary life of world-renowned Maine Master Boatbuilder Ralph Stanley is “more than a life story,” says the Bangor Daily News, “it’s also a documentary about life on Mount Desert Island and the Cranberry Isles, the Stanley family and how they shaped craft in Maine at the end of the twentieth century.” Ralph Stanley received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship and has built more than 70 fine wooden boats including working lobster boats, Friendship sloops, lobster boats, yachts, dories, and rowboats. Ralph has also restored a large number of wooden boats throughout his long storied career.

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$8, $5 for members

The Land and Sea of Three Maine Women Photographers: The Real Photo Post Cards of Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery,
11 Church St., Searsport, 04974 United States
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The inspiring stories of three women who become successful photographers at a time when most photographers were men. These three enterprising women created striking bodies of work which provide rich insights into how Maine people lived and worked in inland towns and coastal villages a century ago.

Lecturer: Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian and Director and State Historic Preservation Officer of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

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Maine 2014 Antique Paper Show: Postcards and Paper Collectibles

June 27 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Searsport Congregational Church,
Church St., Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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Penobscot Marine Museum historic photographs and over forty exhibitors, thousands of vintage postcards, old maps, and paper ephemera. For more information call 207-749-1717.

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July 2015
$8, $5 for members

Maine’s Lobster Boat Races

July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery,
11 Church St., Searsport, 04974 United States
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A decades old tradition, said to be “Maine’s version of NASCAR”, race participants take the competition seriously. With reported top speeds over 60 miles an hour and racing by Class, many boat owners follow the lobster boat “race circuit” from mid-June to late August, as it makes its way along the coast.

Videographer David Osgood of Vinalhaven has been racing lobster boats in the Maine Lobsterboat Racing circuit for many years. His boats include the Split S.E.C.O.N.D., a Crowley Beal 33 and STARLIGHT EXPRESS, a Northern Bay 36.

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$10, $7 Members

Make a Pinhole Camera

July 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum,
40 East Main Street, Searsport, 04974 United States
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Take beautiful photographs with cameras you’ve made from boxes off the kitchen shelf. It’s pure magic! The beautiful, soft-focus images will amaze you. A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box where a piece of film or photographic paper is wedged or taped into the other end.

Photographer: Anne-Claude Cotty is an artist and teacher living in Stonington, and is a past education coordinator of the Maine Crafts Association and executive director of the Hancock County Cultural Network.

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$5, free for Museum Members

Framing Tips and Tricks

July 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library,
11 Church St, Searsport, 04974 United States
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Saturday, July 25, 9:00 am to noon, at PMM’s Stephen Phillips Memorial Library, 11 Church Street

What are the best ways to frame your photographs? Learn about new and useful products on the market, backing options, mounting and hinging techniques, and appropriate glass and acrylic options. Topics will also include whether to mat or not, frame choices to accentuate your subject, ideas for framing on a budget, and how to think outside the frame!

With Museum Framer Lin Calista.

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$40 per tintype. Demonstrations free

Making a Tintype Portrait

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum,
40 East Main Street, Searsport, 04974 United States
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Come have your tintype portrait taken, or learn how a tintype is made. Tintypes are a type of photograph, popular in the 1860’s and 1870’s, taken on a piece of metal. Portraits will be made on a first come first served basis or you may reserve a time for your portrait by calling the museum at 207-548-0334 or 207-548-2529.

Artist: AgNO3 Lab is a mobile lab specializing in formal tintype portraits and event tintype photo-booth installations.

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$8, $5 for members

Stereo Views of New England

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery,
11 Church St., Searsport, 04974 United States
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A look at the fascinating world of 19th -century 3-D photography. Historic stereoview images of Maine and New England in actual 3-D will be projected as the views were originally meant to be seen. People, landscapes, work at home and in industry, entertainments, communities, maritime and agricultural scenes will be among those featured, in this first such public show ever given in Maine. It will bring you to closer to history than you’ve ever been before.

Lecturer: Bernard Fishman, Director, Maine State Museum.

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August 2015
$10, $7 Members

Hand-painting Black & White Photographs

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum,
40 East Main Street, Searsport, 04974 United States
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Create an extraordinary work of art by transforming your black and white photographs using the historic technique of hand-painting. This intensive workshop explores traditional and contemporary methods for hand-painting. Photographs with be provided by the museum or bring your own B&W images, painting materials will be provided.

Artist: Liv Kristin Robinson is a Belfast area fine art photographer, her images are digitally created from start to finish as dye-infused metal prints.

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$10, $7 Members

Make a Pinhole Camera

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum,
40 East Main Street, Searsport, 04974 United States
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Take beautiful photographs with cameras you’ve made from boxes off the kitchen shelf. It’s pure magic! The beautiful, soft-focus images will amaze you. A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box where a piece of film or photographic paper is wedged or taped into the other end.

Photographer: Anne-Claude Cotty is an artist and teacher living in Stonington, and is a past education coordinator of the Maine Crafts Association and executive director of the Hancock County Cultural Network.

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$10, $7 Members

Hand-painting Black & White Photographs

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum,
40 East Main Street, Searsport, 04974 United States
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Create an extraordinary work of art by transforming your black and white photographs using the historic technique of hand-painting. This intensive workshop explores traditional and contemporary methods for hand-painting. Photographs with be provided by the museum or bring your own B&W images, painting materials will be provided.

Artist: Liv Kristin Robinson is a Belfast area fine art photographer, her images are digitally created from start to finish as dye-infused metal prints.

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$10, $7 Members

The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Searsport Congregational Church,
Church St., Searsport, ME 04974 United States
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A moving glimpse of the people and families who carved out a life a hundred years ago in isolated northern Maine. This multi-media presentation combining film, photography, oral history, and live music is based on a recently discovered collection of rare early photographs taken in northern Maine by Isaac Simpson. Made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.

Filmmaker Sumner McKane is also a composer, musician, historian, and photographer.

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$5, free for Museum Members

Photoplay with M.J. Bronstein

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum,
40 East Main Street, Searsport, 04974 United States
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Draw, color, paint and more! Using historic photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum collection, create your own work of art. Let your imagination and historical images run wild together. Supplies provided.
Artist: M.J. Bronstein, known for her unique painted images and her work with the photographic negative, is author of Photoplay and is an educator at Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

Cost: $5, Free for members. For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Mike Stein Memorial Painting Raffle Drawing

August 28 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum,
40 East Main Street, Searsport, 04974 United States
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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.

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September 2015
$8, $5 for members

Mid-Coast Fisherman’s Co-op, Port Clyde

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery,
11 Church St., Searsport, 04974 United States
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“The Port Clyde harbor shelters the last small-boat groundfishing fleet between Port Clyde and the Canadian border. In 2009, a group of area fishermen developed the Port Clyde Fresh CatchTM brand to preserve their heritage, their community and the resources they depend on. Using environmentally conscious methods to harvest fish, lobster shrimp and crab, they pioneered the country’s first Community Supported Fishery program in 2007.”

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Close to the Land & Close to the Sea: The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery,
11 Church St., Searsport, 04974 United States
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Many legends surround the Finnish-American photographer Kosti Ruohomaa, the award-winning photo journalist who shot iconic portraits of working Americans which appeared in LIFE, National Geographic, and other publications from 1940 to 1960.

Lecturer: Deanna S. Bonner-Ganter, Curator of Photography, Art, and Archives, Maine State Museum, her biography of Ruohomaa will soon be published by Down East Books.

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