Photographing Coastal Maine
curated by Bruce Brown
“Boatlets,” Jeremy Barnard
June 1, 2019 — July 13, 2019
About the Show
A photography exhibition curated by former CMCA and PhoPa curator, Bruce Brown, who we are honored and delighted to announce will be working with us on an ongoing basis. The current show features multiple works by each of 10 invited photographers, who hail from Kittery to the Canadian border and all points in between. Though the work included is organized around the central theme of “Coastal Maine,” this exhibition boasts a great diversity of style, process, and subject matter and includes both well-established and up-and-coming photographers. Participants are: Jeremy Barnard, Jennifer Steen Booher, Caleb Charland, Gifford Ewing, Carol Fonde, Tim Greenway, Carl Austin Hyatt, Peter Ralston, Celeste Roberge, and Ni Rong..
Jeremy Barnard has been primarily a practitioner of black and white photography for the past fifty plus years. Artist/writer David Raymond wrote in Art New England that Barnard's photographs “not only convey a sense of place, but a sense of time transcending place,...his work is poetic in unexpected ways.”
Jennifer Steen Booher lives on Mount Desert Island. In her “Coast Walk” series, she either attempts to document the flora and fauna she encounters or to communicate as directly as possible the experience of being in a particular place.
Known for expanding traditional notions of the photographic medium, Caleb Charland’s creative process is rooted in scientific inquiry, often employing multi-layered steps and experiments to create stunning images.
Gifford Ewing has captured American landscapes from east to west, mostly in Maine and the Rocky Mountain region. Each location displays what Ewing calls the artistic forms created by a landscape: the texture of the land, and the tones and interplay of light in pristine environments. Through his lens, these images become peaceful, mysterious, and evocative.
Renowned for her unique eye as a colorist, Carol Fonde is a dedicated professional, an esteemed color printer, teacher and photographer. Carol’s personal work reflects her unique perception of color in the natural world. Her land and seascapes have been noted for being intense visual expressions of her reverence for the unusual and sublime.
Tim Greenway is a commercial, editorial and fine art photographer living in Portland since 2003. Greenway’s photography of the Maine coast concentrates on the unique scenes of the landscape and the details of the micro-ecology transforming the familiar coastline into an abstraction of color, texture and patterns.
Carl Austin Hyatt uses classical black-and-white photography to explore the intersection of the human and natural worlds in images charged with emotional and eloquent beauty. Hyatt revisits the landscapes of his world – rocks, shorelines, tides, horizons- knowing that perception is a living choice created anew in each encounter.
Peter Ralston grew up in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania, worked for a decade as a freelance photojournalist, and then began photographing the coast of Maine in 1978, drawn especially to the working communities that define the coast’s enduring character.
Born in Maine, Celeste Roberge received her art education at the Maine College of Art, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is Professor Emerita, after twenty-two years as Head of Sculpture, at the School of Art + Art History, College of the Arts, University of Florida. She maintains a studio in South Portland, Maine.
A Rockport, Maine-based photographer, Ni Rong was born and raised in China. Her work often addresses her personal story of leaving one culture behind and adapting to a new one.