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Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light

First Major Exhibition of Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photography Collection Opening in 2015
May 23 through October 18, 2015

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In 2007 a group of 35,000 historic glass plate negatives and photographs were rescued from a flood by Kevin Johnson. Johnson then brought them to Penobscot Marine Museum for preservation, and become the museum’s Photography Archivist. Since then tens of thousands of negatives, prints, slides, postcards and daguerreotypes of images taken around the world have poured into the collection, making Penobscot Marine Museum’s historical photography collection one of the largest and most comprehensive in New England. Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light is the museum’s first major exhibition utilizing this photography collection. The exhibit will open at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine on May 23 and continue through October 18, 2015.

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Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light is a campus-wide installation of multiple inter-active exhibits: a “selfie” wall on which visitors can post their “selfie” taken in the museum; a room-sized walk-in camera obscura in which visitors can experience firsthand how light traveling through a lens creates an image; a replica of an early 20th century darkroom complete with a glass plate negative enlarger; Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920: an exhibit exploring the work of five women photographers; Twenty Best, the twenty most fascinating photographs in the collection, with an audio tour; 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, celebrating the uniquely Maine way of life and work of two of Maine’s boat building families. Exhibition events include a film screening of The Maine Frontier: Through The Lens Of Isaac Walton Simpson with a companion multimedia presentation by filmmaker Sumner McKane; cyanotype-making workshops; pin-hole camera making workshops; tin-type demonstrations; and backdrops enabling 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, beginning in January 2015. 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.

Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920 is supported by a grant from the Maine Humanities Foundation.

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Loraine Hamilton, 1948-2015

Loraine Hamilton, 1948-2015

Loraine Hamilton was a good friend and a long-time supporter of Penobscot Marine Museum’s educational programs. Thank you all so much for your donations to the Hamilton Learning Center in memory of Loraine Hamilton.

The Hamilton Learning Center enables Penobscot Marine Museum to host the students of Searsport District High School’s class “Building a Shellback Dinghy”, now in its 5th year!

For a description of this wonderful class go to
http://sdmhs.rsu20.org/home/bbp

Salted Tales: Stories From the Sea Told Live at Colonial Theater

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Salted Tales: Stories From the Sea Told Live at Colonial Theater was presented on March 29, 2015, but if you missed it you can watch the video

Coastal Maine’s rich maritime heritage has produced a lot of sailors and you don’t work on the water without accumulating good stories. Penobscot Marine Museum and Colonial Theater invite you to Salted Tales: Stories From the Sea Told Live at Colonial Theater on Sunday, March 29, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Hear working seamen and women tell hair-raising real-life sea stories of amazing experiences on the water, from fending off Somali pirates to putting out aircraft carrier fires. Each fast-paced story will be eight minutes long. Story tellers’ backgrounds range from the U.S. Navy to tug boat captain to commercial fisherman.

Salted Tales: Stories From the Sea Told Live is a joint presentation of the Colonial Theater and Penobscot Marine Museum. Refreshments will be available at intermission. Admission is $5, Penobscot Marine Museum members are free. For more information Click here, or call Mike Hurley 338-1975 or Kathy Goldner 548-2529 ext 216.

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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 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, celebrating the work of two of Maine’s boat building families.

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.

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.