There are opportunities and shows of work coming across my desk that I want to share:
A. Maine Media Workshops: History of Photography class opened to the rest of us!!
My prayer has been answered at last! Five years ago I took a weekly History of Photography class with Certificate Program Director Brenton Hamilton and his class, and within 5 minutes of the start of the first lecture knew I had landed the big one. Can this guy teach! He knows the best learning mode is horizontal and deftly ties in the era’s culture and politics, social mores and fashion, to the birth of photography and its subsequent journey through the decades. Brenton’s analysis and weaving together of the processes, photographers and images is nothing short of brilliant, even though Brenton himself is a pretty humble guy. I had been searching for months for a History of Photography course and here it was right in my own backyard of Maine! and you, too, can join me starting September 10.
My prayer has been answered because this History of Photography lecture series it has finally been scheduled for Tuesday a.m. this semester and that is one of two weekdays I’m able to attend. Whoopee! I took the first semester course (1839 – 1900+-) two years in a row, and the spring semester (1900+- – present) once. I would take them every year if I could, they are that good. Brenton changes many of his supporting images from year to year and this 3 hour lecture once a week for ten weeks this fall is one of the best investments for the money you could ever hope to make. How much? $20 per class for “community members”. Maine Media Workshops is getting the word out finally that you, too, can attend this inspiring series of lectures – and for pennies. To sign up contact Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rio Moonset©Babak Tafreshi. All Rights Reserved.
B. Astrophotography Workshop with Babak Tafreshi, through Bates College Museum of Art. This three day workshop from October 18-20 is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to study with Tafreshi, a brilliant night sky photographer, who was born in Tehran, but travels worldwide shooting the night sky and lecturing. His work is included in the Starstruck exhibit currently on view at Bates College Museum of Art through mid-December. This class, taking place in West Pond Branch Camp in Kokadjo, Maine (where the heck IS Kokadjo, Maine??) will definitely be a life-changing experience for the 15 people lucky enough to get on the list.
C. Creative Capital – Maine Arts Commission is partnering with Maine College of Art to offer this “retreat” led by Creative Capital - “a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.” It’s being held at MECA.
Bad news: it’s sold out. Good news: two of the lectures – on Saturday a.m. 10 a.m (Strategic Planning). – 12:30 p.m (Business Plan Fundamentals) – are open to the first 114 people who fill the seats at Osher Auditorium in Portland. Contact the Maine Arts Commission for more information.
Magnus Stark and Christopher Morse have sent me links to shows of their work opening here in Maine… put them on the list if you’re headed to Deer Isle or Bangor areas:
Magnus Stark: August 21 – October 22, The Innocent Bystander Dilemma, Sohns Gallery, Bangor. Artist’s Talk: September 20, 7 p.m.
Christopher Morse: Opens August 30 with reception for the artist 4-7 p.m. at The Lester Gallery in Deer Isle Village.
and always, on the first of every month, you can check into Artist News at VoxPhotographs.com to see other exhibits and shows of photography in Maine, in the US and in the world, by thirty gallery artists.