David Brooks Stess and his Blueberry Rakers at the PMA

"The Inuit", Copyright David Brooks Stess. All Rights Reserved.
“The Inuit”, Copyright David Brooks Stess. All Rights Reserved.

I’m also very excited that the Portland Museum of Art is exhibiting David Brooks StessBlueberry Rakers series, as he is one of my favorite photographers around. The exhibition runs from April 5th to May 19th with a public opening on Friday, April 5th, from 5-8 pm. I’ll be at this opening, too, and hope to see everyone there. (edit – great article in the Portland Press Herald about David and the other rakers, as well as blueberries)

David has spent 23 years raking and photographing in downeast Maine, and his work shows that commitment and dedication. With over 50 of his silver gelatin prints of his in the show, it is definitely a must-see.

I also printed one of the large display pieces for the exhibition (the 2’x6′ one) for the Museum and helped with the larger one as well. I can’t wait to see the print mounted — the last time I saw the big print, it looked pretty much like this:

Stess print coming off the printer for the Portland Museum of Art
Stess print coming off the printer for the Portland Museum of Art

For scale, the paper is 36″ wide…

Lynn Karlin Exhibition at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast

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Belfast, Maine photographer (and Nickelson Editions client) Lynn Karlin has a wonderful exhibit up at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast right now. There is an opening reception this coming Friday, from 5:30 to 8 pm, and the show runs until November 14th. Lynn will also be manning the gallery on Sunday, October 7th, from 10 am to 2 pm, to answer any questions and to meet with guests, so you can pop on over after having breakfast at the also wonderful Chase’s Daily.

I highly recommend checking out the show as you really have to see these photographs in person to appreciate them. We printed her photographs on Epson Velvet Fine Art and Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, depending on size.

You can find out more about the show and series in this press release from the Maine Art Scene, more about Lynn’s fine art practice at the VoxPhotographs blog, and you can find an article about this series from the New York Times here.

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Photography Shows in and near Maine – February 2012

"Wolf Moon III", Copyright Jim Nickelson

I’ve decided to start keeping a monthly list of photography shows throughout Maine to be published near the first of each month. I will do my best to be exhaustive, but please feel free to chime in with any comments or to email me with shows you’d like me to include – I’m sure I missed some of them that are out there. I’ll include any shows that I can find that include photography as part of the show.

I collect this sort of information for myself as I try to make it to as many shows around the state as I can, though obviously life and work and distance all play a role in what I can actually see in person.

Without further ado, here is what I’ve found so far for February:

Aarhus Gallery, the exhibition entitled “Blue” (inc. photographer Terry Hire, among many other artists). The show runs Feb. 2nd-26th with an opening reception Feb. 3rd from 5-8 pm.

Addison Wooley Gallery in Portland has their second consecutive Bruce Brown-curated show with two Portland photographers, Caleb Charland and Peter Gruner Shellenberger, and entitled “Artifacts and Particles”. The show runs Feb. 2nd – 26th with an opening reception this coming Thursday 5-8pm as well as the First Friday. Review here.

The new Old Salts Gallery in Camden has its February show with a variety of artists, including one photographer (Shelagh Delphyne), opening this Saturday from 5-8 pm. The exhibit, which you can read about in this press release, continues until Feb. 29th.

UMMA’s current exhibition includes Lori Nix’s The City project and is up until March 24th in Bangor.

The Portland Museum of Art has two photography exhibitions this month, “Making Faces: Photographic Portraits of Actors and Artists” that is up until April 8th and Tanja Hollander’s new exhibition entitled “Are You Really My Friend?” that opens February 4th and runs until June 17th. Ed Beem has a short review of Hollander’s exhibition here and Bob Keyes has one here.

Fryeburg Academy, Pace Galleries of Art, “Singular” show, runs until March 19th. There are 10 photographers in this show, which is curated by Heather Frederick of VoxPhotographs. You can read the press release here.

The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire (which I admit I had never heard of – thanks to Ed Beem of Yankee Magazine for the heads-up) has what looks to be great show of modernist photography (“A New Vision: Modernist Photography”) that opens February 4th and runs until May 13th.

EDIT: I just noticed another non-Maine but must-see show at the MFA in Boston – “Silver, Salt, and Sunlight: Early Photographs in Britain and France”, opening February 7th and running until August 19th, 2012. You can still catch their Modernist Photography exhibit until April 1st, too, which is very good.

Maine Photographer Update

There seem to be a lot of shows going on right now for Maine photographers, so I thought I’d highlight a few. First, this weekend a few shows close down (I’m going to go see these two in Portland on Saturday myself) so if you are interested, move quickly – these shows include the Bruce Brown-curated shows at the Addison Wooley Gallery and at the Lewis Gallery at the Portland Public Library.

Copyright Felice Boucher

Congratulations to Mainers ( and Nickelson Editions clients) Felice Boucher, Sarah Szwajkos, and Robert Moran (with a slick new website!) for being accepted into the Poetic Objects show at the Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery.

The Singular show I talked about way back when is moving to the Pace Galleries of Art on the campus of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, with an opening reception this Saturday. It is a very interesting show and definitely worthwhile – I haven’t seen that gallery yet myself but have heard it is gorgeous.

Congratulations to NE client Terry Hire for being a participating artist in the upcoming “Blue” show at Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, Maine, which runs from February 2nd through the 26th with an opening reception Friday February 3rd, 5-8pm.