Current Exhibits

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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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.

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

Traveling Exhibits

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May 1 through July 7
Washington County Through Eastern’s Eye

Generously sponsored in part by National Endowment for the Arts
Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Washington County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
For more information call 207-853-4650.
Eastport Arts Center, 36 Washington St, Eastport. Admission free.

June 1 through June 30
Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Generously sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Hancock County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
For more information contact gdaleyjr@gmail.com.
Gouldsboro Peninsula School, 71 Main St, Prospect Harbor. Admission free.

June 30 through August 31
Waldo County Through Eastern’s Eye

Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Waldo County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
Kingdom Schoolhouse, Montville, Maine, Admission free.

July 1 through July 31
Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Generously sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Hancock County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
For more information contact anned@freshwaterstone.com
Sedgwick Town Meeting House, 574 North Sedgwick Rd, Sedgwick. Admission free.
Hours: Wed. 9-12, Thurs. 2-7, Sat. 9-2, Sun. 2-4

August 1 through August 31
Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Generously sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Hancock County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
For more information go to http://dis-historicalsociety.org or call 207-348-6400.
Deer Isle-Stonington Trust, 420 Sunset Rd, Deer Isle. Admission free.

September 1 through September 30
Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Generously sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Hancock County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
Swans Island. Admission free.

October 1 through October 31
Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Generously sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Hancock County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
For more information call 207-326-4560.
Brooksville Free Library, One Town House Rd, Brooksville. Admission free.

February 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015
Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye

Generously sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation. Beautiful historic photographs of interesting places and people taken throughout Hancock County from 1909 to 1947, from PMM’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Photography Collection.
For more information call 207-374-5515.
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Rd, Blue Hill. Admission free.