The Penobscot Marine Museum presents two spring shows at Hutchinson

BELFAST – Two exhibits of Penobscot Marine Museum photography – ‘Lincoln County Through the Eastern Eye’ and ‘Animal Tales’ – are on display at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., through June 30. The show is free and open to the public, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Animal Tales” uses photographs from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s extensive photographic archive and the intriguing stories behind the images to explore people’s fascination with animals. Ever since photography began, people have loved using their cameras to capture beloved pets, livestock, wildlife, and fishing and hunting hits forever. The exhibition features a range of photography, from casual snapshots by amateur photographers to carefully crafted photos by professional photographers like Kosti Ruohomaa. “Animal Tales” is sponsored by Sally Savage.

“Lincoln Country Through the Eastern Eye” features photographs of towns, small communities and summer colonies. The majority of the photos in this exhibit were taken between about 1910 and the 1920s, when steamships and sloops plowed the coastal waters and passed through bays and harbours, around rocky islands and peninsulas. These ships carried passengers and cargo, including inventory for the general stores that were the centers of community life. They also brought summer visitors to the growing number of hotels, boarding houses, resorts and cabins. Local residents made a living by fishing, tending a store, or working in shipyards, seafood processing plants, or one of Lincoln County’s few manufacturing industries. New job opportunities arose as tourism businesses multiplied.

The images in the exhibit are a small sample of photographs from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company that collectively tell a big story about life in Lincoln County a century ago. Raising awareness among local residents and community historians produced personal memories, family ties and vanishing history, which enriched the photo captions. Viewers whose memories are stirred as exhibits travel from city to city have the opportunity to share this information with the Penobscot Marine Museum. The exhibit was researched and curated by Liz Fitzsimmons.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Abby Spooner at [email protected] More information about the Fernald Art Gallery at the Hutchinson Center is online at hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.

“Hermit, Monhegan Island, Me. 8” by Jennifer Pye, Monhegan Museum.

“Hog on Ice” from the Kosti Ruohomaa collection.

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