Maine’s Portland art museum exhibits photographs of American Indians

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 10.58.51 AM“Selections from the North American Indian” by Edward Curtis will be exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art from February 26th through May 29. It includes 25 photos of Indians that Curtis shot between 1907 and 1930.

The faces of the portraits say so much.

The images were first included in a book project by Curtis, “The North American Indian.” Curtis documented Indians and native culture, primarily across the American West and the Pacific Northwest. He made more than 2,000 photogravures, and his research represented the most comprehensive effort at the time to document Indian culture. He visited more than 80 tribes.

Curtis was sometimes criticized for romanticizing Indians, often asking them to wear ceremonial dress and adornments that were accurate but presented out of context. On the other hand, his work was valuable for its scope and completeness, and Curtis earned high marks for his photographic artistry.

The Portland Museum has commentary by contemporary Maine Indian artists Brenda Moore-Mitchell, George Neptune and David Moses Bridges to accompany the photographs on display. Visitors can access their remarks through audio recordings in the gallery.

Science and art at Colby College

A novel art, science, and educational collaboration is underway between Colby College and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Six different professors in disciplines ranging from biology to the art and humanities have integrated a photographic exhibit of marine microbes, created by Bigelow Laboratory, into their curriculum this fall.

The exhibit is on display at Colby College through December 11, and culminates in a presentation of student-inspired work that evening at 5 pm in the Wormser Room at the college.
Among the offerings, the event is scheduled to feature a microbe-inspired dance, microbial marble sculptures, scientific discussion about the relevance of marine microbes to planetary balance, and instant DNA technology.

People at Work: The Low Wage Earners of Maine by Jeff Kirlin

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This documentary photographic series, People at Work: The Low Wage Earners of Maine, depicts some of our fellow neighbors who work for the state’s minimum wage of just $7.50 an hour. The dedicated photographer, Jeff Kirlin, works in his free time documenting them. This is just a sample from his series.

“The photography project was started after I was told by a person, in a position to help bring about a higher minimum wage, that he didn’t feel it was a real problem because it hasn’t been brought to his personal attention,” said Jeff, a speech therapist and Bangor based photographer. “This project is intended to give, not a voice, but a platform for those earning low wages and their supporters, and how their lives are affected by stagnant wages.”

View in more detail HERE.

Hillary Clinton in Maine

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Article and photos by Ramona du Houx

“We can raise incomes again — because that is the single most important issue we face. People have to feel that their work has been rewarded. Prosperity has to be broadly shared,” said Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race during a campaign town-hall style event in Portland, Maine.

The King Middle-School event of 400 supporters had an overflow of participants who watched on monitors in an adjoining room. Those who stood in line by 2pm, for the 4pm event, sat comfortably in a semi-circle surrounding Clinton as she outlined her comprehensive agenda— that mainly focused on incomes and job growth for the middleclass and low-income earners.

She said the way in which to achieve that growth is with Democrats, “Our country does better, our economy does better when there is a Democrat in the White House… They (Republicans) want to return to the failed politics of trickle-down economics. They want to make it easier for the super rich, and corporations to have their way. That didn’t work for America before…” Read the entire article in Maine Insights HERE.

Ansel Adams photos of an Japanese Internment Camp during WWII in America

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From time to time I just have to post other artists as their work should be shared.

Ansel Adams’ is known for his stunning landscapes and coming up with the “zone technique” of printing black and white photos. Here are some rare photos he took of life in an American Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. Not one of the United States better ideas.

The following article is by Jordan G. Teicher in Slate.

Ansel Adams was already world-famous for his groundbreaking black-and-white photographs of the American West when he was invited by his friend Ralph Merritt to document the Manzanar War Relocation Center, a Japanese internment camp, where Merritt was director. It was a risky career move for a man so thoroughly established as a landscape photographer, but Adams was compelled to witness life there and make a record of it. Fifty of his photographs will be on display in the Photographic Traveling Exhibitions show, “Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams,” which is at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles from Oct. 8 to Feb. 21. Continue reading

M. Wilbur is documenting every Native American tribe in the US with photographs

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Read the full report on the Guardian Newspaper HERE.

One woman’s mission to photograph every Native American tribe in the US Matika Wilbur has traveled more than 250,000 miles to ensure stereotyped images are replaced with accurate ones to change history’s collective psyche

Three years ago, Matika Wilbur sold almost everything she owned, left behind her apartment in Seattle, and set out on the open road. The former high school teacher had one goal: to photograph members of each federally recognized Native American tribe in the United States.

Wilbur’s photographs are mostly black and white. She shoots on a Canon EOS 7D digital, and a Mamiya film camera. When she finishes Project 562 (named for the number of federally recognized tribes at the time Wilbur began her work), she plans to compile the photographs and share them with the public through various publications, exhibitions and curricular material. Continue reading

Ramona du Houx’s Transformations fine art photography book

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From an article in the Bangor Daily News

Ramona du Houx’s fine art photography has been published by Polar Bear & Company in a book entitled Transformations- Revealing nature’s complex balance, containing 36 original works.
Du Houx uses the camera with a painter’s eye. She has exhibited internationally. In Japan she is represented by Gallery Storks of Tokyo.

“It’s unique,” said Gallery Storks owner Takafumi Suzuki. “We are honored to represent her and her new form of art.”

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The technique she discovered back in 1979 in New York uses movement to create a sense of wonder through colors, textures, memories, and the seasons. Everything within the viewfinder becomes more visibly interconnected, when objects merge with the motion of the camera, as the image, the “lightgraph,” is taken. Continue reading

Mario Gerth’s photos of the sons and daughters of the wind

Traveling through some of Africa’s most remote regions for months, German photographer Mario Gerth took intimate portraits that depict the last nomads and semi-nomads of an entire continent. His photographs are an homage to Africa and its people. They document, inform and preserve. His main goal is to inspire.

This collection, “Sons and Daughters of the Wind,” shows the nomads and semi-nomads of Africa living a frugal, basic and content life. The horizon is their home. They are the “children of the sun and the sons and daughters of the wind.”

It took Gerth six years in Africa on many different journeys. He spent two of those years biking from Cape Town to Cairo.

Art House show of Ramona du Houx’s photos

I’d like to thank everyone who came to the opening. It was fantastic.
And a big thank you to the Art House for showing my work! The Art House is open: Tuesday thru Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-4, Mondays by Appointment

I want to help show how nature’s interconnectedness can lead us to discoveries about our world and ourselves. So come to the exhibit and discover something!

Gallery Storks has produced an art book of my art called: Transformations— Revealing nature’s complex balance. Many of the photos on display at the Art House are in the book.

Sometimes, when people look deeply into these images, they relax and find a tranquil place in the soul, as one would by taking time to be at peace in nature. At other times, the photographs can refresh, excite, and energize one’s soul, as if one were standing by a waterfall. The images have been said to be dreamlike, healing, Zen meditative, and thought provoking.

The show runs until July 28th.
Email me at, and I’ll meet you at the gallery. Or call The Art House for an appointment:207.221.3443