May 20, 2011
“Yarka Vendrinska: Heart of Concern,” an exhibition in memory of a blossoming photojournalist, opens June 1 at Maine Media Gallery in Rockport Village. The community is invited to a reception Tuesday, June 7 from 6:30- 8:00pm.
An alumna of Maine Media Workshops, Yarka Vendrinska passed away at the early age of 32. Through the generous donation of Mark and Tanya Bohr, who established the Yarka Vendrinska Photojournalism Memorial Fund named for their daughter in 2003, an annual scholarship is awarded to an emerging photojournalist who demonstrates financial need to continue their career, and who wishes to attend a photojournalism workshops at Maine Media, a place Yarka loved.
She was drawn to photograph people often ignored by society: the homeless, the aged and the ill. She found great humanity in her subjects, and attempted to convey this through her imagery. In her artist’s statement Yarka explained "This work is a labor of love and commitment, a commitment to tell stories of people, one person, one issue, and one place in time." This tribute exhibition will showcase both Yarka’s work and images by the scholarship winners.
"Yarka Vendrinska: Heart of Concern," will be on display June 1 - 29. The Maine Media Gallery is on the first floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central Street, Rockport Village. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 11am – 6 pm; Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8pm; Saturdays from 9am – 3pm; Sundays from 11am – 3pm. Sponsored in part by Maine. The magazine this exhibition is free and open to the public.
Maine Media Workshops + College is a non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. Students attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginners, serious amateurs, high school and college students, to working professionals. Professional certificate and MFA programs are available through Maine Media College.
Image: "Lobsterman" by Yarka Vendrinska