Photography in Maine April 2019

Snæfellsjökull, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Please find below a list of photography exhibits in the state of Maine for the month of April 2019. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (here’s the April post). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Melt Down opened March 23rd and features ten photographers (including myself) who have photographed in the Arctic and Antarctic and whose work relates to climate change — it really is a wonderful show. The exhibition extends through June 9th and there are a number of artist talks scheduled as well.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

The Maine Jewish Museum in Portland has a solo exhibition of Lynn Karlin‘s work, entitled “The Art of the Vegetable”, that extends through May 10th.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work of Greg Shattenberg through May 24th. The exhibition, entitled “Rewinding Romanticism”, is at the USM Glickman Library. There is an artist talk scheduled for April 25th from 6-8 pm as well.

The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville has an exhibition of seventy self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, entitled “Somnayama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness”, that continues through June 9th. In addition, Theaster Gates’s “Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” opens March 12th and extends through September 8th. Both of these exhibitions look to be quite interesting.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has a photography exhibition featuring the work of Irving Penn and Robert Freson up now and extending through June 2nd.

Melt Down Exhibition Opens This Weekend

Svínafellsjökull #1, Iceland, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m honored to be included in the new Melt Down exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland. The exhibition, curated by curator emeritus Bruce Brown, brings together ten Maine-based photographers who have photographed in the Arctic, Antarctic, or Iceland and that are concerned about climate change. The opening is this Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-7 pm, and the show extends through June 9th.

I have six large-scale photographs in the exhibition, all from my trip last year to Iceland. I absolutely love how they come out at 30″x30″ as exhibited — and I can’t wait to see all of the other work in the show as well!

Hope to see you Saturday night!

Photography in Maine March 2019

Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.

This is the third in my new series of monthly posts that cover photography exhibits in the state of Maine. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (here’s the March post). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well. Onward to the list for March…

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Melt Down opens March 23rd and features ten photographers (including myself) who have photographed in the Arctic and Antarctic and whose work relates to climate change. The opening reception is Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-7 pm, and the show extends until June 9th. It looks to be a wonderful show (though I might be a bit biased) and I hope to see you at the opening!

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. Peter Turnley: Refugees through March 23rd, photojournalism of refugees throughout world. Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, also through March 23rd, includes a variety of artwork (including work by a number of photographyers) focused on nature and the effect of mankind upon it in the 21st Century.

The Maine Jewish Museum in Portland has a solo exhibition of Lynn Karlin‘s work, entitled “The Art of the Vegetable”, coming up this week. The exhibition opens March 7th (5-7 pm) and extends through May 10th.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work of Greg Shattenberg through May 24th. The exhibition, entitled “Rewinding Romanticism”, is at the USM Glickman Library. There is an artist talk scheduled for April 25th from 6-8 pm as well.

The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland has one photography exhibit up right now, “Changing New York: Photographs” by Berenice Abbott. This exhibition extends until March 24th.

The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville has an exhibition of seventy self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, entitled “Somnayama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness”, that continues through June 9th. In addition, Theaster Gates’s “Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” opens March 12th and extends through September 8th. Both of these exhibitions look to be quite interesting.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has a photography exhibition opening up on March 28th, featuring the work of Irving Penn and Robert Freson.

 

Photography in Maine February 2019

“Barrett’s Cove, Dusk”. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

This is the second in my new series of monthly posts that cover photography exhibits in the state of Maine. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (here’s the February post). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well. Onward to the list for February…

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. Peter Turnley: Refugees through March 23rd, photojournalism of refugees throughout world. Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, also through March 23rd, includes a variety of artwork (including work by a number of photographyers) focused on nature and the effect of mankind upon it in the 21st Century.

162 Russell, Rockport. I definitely recommend checking out the extended pop-up exhibition at 162 Russell Ave in Rockport (the old CMCA building. The exhibit takes advantage of the beautiful space with collected works from Paul Caponigro, Ni Rong, and Dirk McDonnell. The show extends until February 2nd (that is tomorrow!) and is open Fridays and Saturdays 1-5 pm. You can hear an interview with them about the show here.

Portland Media Center, Portland. “The Way Life Is — Maine Working Families and Communities” has moved to this new location at the Portland Media Center until February 22nd. There is an opening reception I think tonight (!) from 5-8 pm at the Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery at Portland Media Center at 516 Congress St. There is a good article about the exhibition here. This should be a great show if you are in the area and can check it out.

Photography in Maine January 2019

Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m starting a new series of monthly posts that cover photography exhibits in the state of Maine. Let me know if you find it useful — I hope so, as I haven’t found a site yet that does this. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews. If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well. For January, this is what I’ve found so far…

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. Peter Turnley: Refugees through March 23rd, 2019, photojournalism of refugees throughout world. Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, also through March 23rd, includes a variety of artwork (including work by a number of photographyers) focused on nature and the effect of mankind upon it in the 21st Century.

162 Russell, Rockport. I definitely recommend checking out the extended pop-up exhibition at 162 Russell Ave in Rockport (the old CMCA building. The exhibit takes advantage of the beautiful space with collected works from Paul Caponigro, Ni Rong, and Dirk McDonnell. The show extends until February 2nd and is open Fridays and Saturdays 1-5 pm. You can hear an interview with them about the show here.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. The 2018 Biennial is up through March 3rd, and includes work from photographers such as Sal Taylor Kidd and Rachel Sieben (among much other work!).

2019 Printing and Photography Workshops

“The Tarn”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m pleased to announce my three 2019 workshops, all provided through Maine Media Workshops. I’m teaching one session of A Sense of Wonder and two separate sessions of my printing course. I’ve included the course descriptions below, and please follow the links to find out more information and to register. Feel free to contact me with any questions as well.

A Sense of Wonder, June 23rd-June 29th, 2019, Maine Media Workshops

Find new avenues for creative expression as you explore the mysteries of the natural world. Through a combination of lectures, image and portfolio reviews, demonstrations, discussions, and photographing as a group in the field, you’ll learn how to better appreciate the wonder in the natural landscape all around you, and to learn tips and techniques necessary to capture it in your photographs.

Ranging from sea to mountain to lake and to forest, you’ll get to explore intimate details of the landscape and learn how to capture natural processes such as tides and winds. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph the night sky (even experimenting with hooking your camera to a telescope) to explore the cosmos and, on the other end of the spectrum, you’ll be able to capture smaller aspects of nature with macro lenses and a microscope.

Discovery and experimentation are at the heart of this workshop.  You’ll find joy in discovering the Maine landscape in new and creatively exciting ways.

Participants may work in any medium and in color or black & white.

The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print, April 8th-12th and September 8th-14th, 2019, Maine Media Workshops

In this course, students will learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital capture, establishing an artistic intent, digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing and printing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, proofing, matching screen and print, and making local and global edits to color and tonality.

Throughout the course, we will work through images as a class by making a print, evaluating the print, making modifications, and ultimately producing a final print.

We also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, the many options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision, including choosing the best paper for a particular project.

Students will also have ample opportunity to shoot in the field and to apply all of the techniques learned on their own images.

Looking back at 2018, Looking forward to 2019

Pyrotechnic #284, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Happy New Year to all my readers! The beginning of a new year is typically a time for reflection and planning, and I am certainly not immune to that temptation. When looking at the national and international scenes as well as the environment, 2018 was in so many ways a horrible year, and 2019 has the potential to be even worse. It is a struggle for everyone to focus on the things that matter to you, whether it be your family, friends, work, hobbies, or your art. All is not negative as there are signs of hope and progress as well, and like many I have become more active in fighting for things I believe in. Moving forward, I plan to use this space to share my thoughts on these struggles and how they impact the artistic process.

On a personal and artistic level, 2018 was much more positive. I pushed forward on my projects, attended three portfolio reviews (Boston, Santa Fe, and Houston), taught three week-long workshops at Maine Media, printed for many wonderful artists, had three solo exhibitions of my work (NESOP in Boston, my own show at Pascal Hall in Rockport, and PhoPa Gallery in Portland, may it rest in peace) and took my first trip to Iceland for an artist residency (an amazing photographic and personal experience). I’m optimistic about 2019 as well as I plan on doing a lot less marketing and creating a lot more art.

I’ve also rethought the details of my online presence. I’m now only using Instagram for my social media presence, and I’m consolidating my various blogs to right here at 56×56. I’ve been posting here for over ten years now (first post in September 2008!) and I’m going to be changing things up. I plan on including what I’ve been doing before but expanding into what I hope to be more relevant, frequent, and interesting content, so stay tuned! To start things off, I’ve changed the look, so please be patient as I work through the kinks on this new WordPress theme.

Thank you to all for your attention and kind comments, and best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2019!

Santa Fe here I come…

Copyright Jim Nickelson. White Sands, New Mexico, 2015.

Next week I’ll be in Santa Fe for the juried portfolio reviews at Review Santa Fe. I’m very much looking forward to this — this one has been a challenge for my work to resonate with the jury in past years, but apparently the eighth time is the charm! I look forward to getting comments on my work and to seeing the work of all of the other photographers that were selected.

I’m going for a little extra time, too, to photograph some of that gorgeous New Mexico scenery. I’ll be back in my studio on October 29th.

If you are in the Santa Fe area and want to check out all of the work from the full list of photographers, there is a portfolio walk open to the public featuring all of the photographers on Friday night, October 19th, from 6-8 pm. Those events are always an excellent chance to see a wide variety of work up close and personal. Hope to see you there!

Iceland Residency

It is a bit of tradition now for me to post this sign from my daughter’s classroom of a few years ago when I’m about to head out…so in case you didn’t see my other references to this, I’m heading out for my residency in Iceland tomorrow (!) and will return to my studio on July 27th.

I should have email while I am away so that will likely be the best way to contact me if you need to do so. If all goes well I’ll post things on Instagram, too, while I am there…

Cosmographia & Spring Break

“Cosmographia #2”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’ll be away from my studio the week of April 16th and will be returning April 23rd, so please let me know if you need any printing completed before that time as soon as possible.

I recently posted on my photography website a new project called Cosmographia, which is part of a broader landscape project called Terra Incognita. The nice thing about a website is that it can be open even when I’m away, so please take a look at my newest project if you’d like!