Past Exhibitions

“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.

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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

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Rare Historic Photographs of Down East On View at Mount Desert Island Historical Society

Searsport, Maine, January 8, 2014 – The Mount Desert Island Historical Society is hosting Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit “Hancock County through Eastern’s Eye,” a collection of rare photographs of towns and villages in Hancock County, Maine taken in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit features images that have never been exhibited in public, with captions researched by more than twenty historical societies, libraries, and individuals.

Art Building, Bar Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Art Building, Bar Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

This exhibit is taken from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Collection, which was given to the Penobscot Marine Museum in 2007, after it was rescued from a flood at its previous home in Rockport, Maine. Now approaching 50,000 negatives, the Eastern collection includes scenes not only of Maine but of the rest of New England and upstate New York as well. In 2011, PMM launched its online database making this collection and others available for research, education, genealogical research and fun!

Watering Tub, Seal Harbor

Watering Tub, Seal Harbor, Photo Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

The exhibit will be on display at the Sound School House, 373 Sound Drive/Route 198, Mount Desert, Maine, beginning with an opening reception from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The exhibit will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday and runs through February 28, 2014.

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.

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks 

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Left: Victorian Shoes, Right: Hooked Rug

Opens on Friday, December 4th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Main Street Gallery with a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses, a book signing with five Maine authors, and the town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting.

This exhibit explores what is on your feet and what is under your feet.  Antique shoes from around the world, Maine hooked rugs, and a re-created nineteenth century ship’s cabin will all be on display.  The museum’s own cellar will be open to show the world of food storage before refrigeration.

Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks runs through Saturday, February 22.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine.

Knox County Through the Eastern Eye

Knox-County-ExhibitA selection of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating Collection featuring every town in Knox County with descriptive captions based on information received from the local historical societies and historians.
May & June
Friendship Town Office
6 Harbor Rd., Friendship, ME
Open to Public Mon-Fri 9:00am – 3:00pm and Tuesdays until 7:00pm
July & August
North Haven Historical Society Archive Building
P.O. Box 322 77 Pulpit Harbor Road, North Haven, ME 04853
207-867-4752
September & October
Maine Lighthouse Museum
One Park St., Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-3301

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For Those In Peril: Shipwrecks, Memorials, and Rescues

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Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, October 20, 2013

Explore with us the shipwrecks and near misses; the perfect storms and sudden squalls; those lost at sea and the families left behind; and the brave lifesavers and brilliant marine equipment innovators. Through the Museum’s collection of marine art, portraits, photographs, lifesaving equipment, original manuscripts and logbooks, small watercraft, models, and navigational instruments, the stories of “those in peril” will come alive in the summer of 2013.

This exhibit is funded in part by the Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Humanities Council.