Draw, color, and paint on photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum collection to create your own work of art in the workshop Photoplay with M.J. Bronsteinon Wednesday, Aug 19th. Artist and photographer M.J. Bronstein pioneered the idea of using photographs as prompts for creativity in her popular PhotoPlay books.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to truly bring history to life, and to share our historic images with the community,” says Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot Marine Museum. “And Marcie Bronstein is the perfect teacher, she inspires creativity. We are thrilled to have her lead this workshop.” Bronstein created art programs for Center for Maine Contemporary Art, is the author of many books including PhotoPlay, (published by Chronicle Books, March 2014), and is an onboard artist/instructor for Celebrity Cruises.
Photoplay with M.J. Bronstein is a drop-in workshop offered at Penobscot Marine Museum on Wednesday, Aug 19th between 10:00 am and noon. Supplies are provided. Tickets are $5 and free for members and Searsport residents. The workshop is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Photoplay with M.J. Bronstein is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light,Penobscot Marine Museum’s first major exhibition of historic photography. It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, an historic darkroom, tintype and cyanotype demonstrations, and workshops on making pin-hole cameras. The four exhibits, Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920; Twenty Best; Evolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015; and The Carters and the Lukes – Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection are filled with inter-active opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cut-outs with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments, and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies, and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.