Gathering of the Blue Dots in Maine
Summer 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Maine Media Workshops (MMW) and, as such, there’s plenty of photocentric activity going down in Rockport, Maine these days.
The exhibition Mentor: 40 Photographers, 40 Years recently opened at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and remains on view until September 22. Curated by Bruce Brown and Brenton Hamilton, Mentor features work by some of MMW’s best-known master teachers alongside the work of their students. Additional imagery from MMW instructors can be enjoyed in the exhibit Focus on Faculty at the Workshop’s Maine Media Gallery.
On Saturday, August 10, an Alumni reception will unite MMW enthusiasts, both old and new, to celebrate in an atmosphere of food, friends, photos and music. Tickets for the all day event and evening barbeque tribute are $40, available here.
Those unable to make the trek to Maine can keep tabs on all the photo and filmmaking fun through MMW’s Tumblr blog, which highlights a new workshop nearly every day.
Recent posts range from high school students in a Zombie Apocalypse filmmaking workshop, who are transforming campus staff, students and faculty into bloody, half-decaying corpses that stagger, claw, bite and wreak havoc on unsuspecting civilians; to Greg Heisler demonstrating how to coax soft, elegant and striking light from a $37 florescent bulb.
The Workshops are also calling for pictures from attendees’ favorite Workshop experience, whether last summer or 30 years ago. Interested parties can send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy anniversary to our friends Down East! We’ll be posting more news from current and upcoming workshops on this blog in the weeks ahead.