Off-Campus Exhibits

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Jim Moore: Midcoast Correspondent

Photo: Steel “boom jumper” No. 35 being launched by crane for sea trials on April 18, 1952 at Rockland’s General Foods Shipyard.  Photo by Jim Moore.

Jim Moore: Midcoast Correspondent

At Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street, Camden, Maine
April 1 – April 30, 2024

As a child, Jim Moore had an opportunity to visit a noted news photographer’s darkroom, which sparked a lifelong interest in cameras and photography. In 1940, he moved to Rockland with his new bride, Cecile, where he became Correspondent Reporter/Photographer for the Portland Press Herald’s Rockland office, and represented other Gannett Publishing papers in Maine. During his career, he distinguished himself as a photojournalist, receiving local and national awards for his work. He worked with fellow midcoast photographers Kosti Ruohomaa and Carroll Thayer Berry to publish Maine Coastal Portrait in 1959. Moore died in 2001. The lion’s share of his archive resides at the Rockland Historical Society. However, the Penobscot Marine Museum was able to acquire nearly 2,000 of his maritime themed, large format negatives in 2022. The two institutions have joined forces to create this exhibit of Moore’s maritime photographs. The show was guest curated by Maine wooden boat expert Maynard Bray.

Join PMM Digital Curator Matt Wheeler for an illustrated talk at Camden Library on Tuesday, April 16, from 6:30-8:00pm. The presentation will explore Moore’s life and work as a denizen of midcoast Maine.

McKenna and Her Camera

The Midcoast Maine Art Scene: 1987 – 2002

At Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast, Maine
June 28 – September 2, 2024

Beginning in the 1950s, some of America’s best-known artists came to rural midcoast Maine in search of compelling landscapes and drawn by cheap land and a community of like-minded people. Photographer Peggy McKenna moved to Montville in 1972 and soon became a vibrant and beloved part of the community. Her specialties were photojournalism and portraiture. Her reputation among the artists was based on their deep respect for her photographic artistry and many had their portraits made by her.

McKenna’s archive of photographs was donated to the Penobscot Marine Museum in 2015. PMM has partnered with Waterfall Arts to create this exhibition of Peggy’s photos that brilliantly document the faces and personalities of some of the key figures in the midcoast art scene, which had a considerable impact on the history of American art. This exhibit will include 34 of her artist portraits, including Alex Katz, Katherine Bradford, Lois Dodd, Linden Frederick, Yvonne Jacquette, and Rudy Burckhardt. Each portrait will be paired with a work by that artist.

Maine at its Mid-Point and Kosti Ruohomaa Photographs

Two of Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo exhibits are now on display at the Freeport Antiques and Heirlooms Showcase. A new exhibit of Kosti Ruohomaa’s photographs with a special emphasis on L.L. Bean and Andrew Wyeth is on display along with Maine at its Midpoint, an exhibit of Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company images created for Maine’s Bicentennial. Maine at its Mid-Point is presented in part by the Maine Arts Commission and sponsored by Tilbury House Publishers and Innova Art Ltd.

Freeport Antiques and Heirlooms Showcase