ROCKPORT, Maine – Photographs by four Maine Media Workshops alumni, all students of photojournalist David H. Wells, are the focus of the exhibition “Connections,” which opens with a public reception at the Maine Media Gallery Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30 – 8pm.
With professions as varied as their photography, travel writer Barbara Groom, science instructor Mary Alice Kolodner, marketing VP Cindy A. Stephens, and psycotherapist Nancy Weber, independently began taking workshops in Maine many years ago.
“Connections” is the culmination of their four-year collaborative photo journey mentored by their mutual instructor, Wells. "Photographers tend to work as individuals in pursuit of private goals. The surrender of this autonomy not only challenged the individual photographers, but also led to a body of work whose individual visions became sharply defined and the personal connections undeniably enriched," states Wells.
He continues, “The collaborative process has been fascinating to watch. Each person’s work reflects aspects of their personality and is uniquely their own. Yet, each person’s work is strongly shaped by the work, support and personality of the group as a whole.”
“Connections” will be on display May 3 - 20. Sponsored in part by Maine. The magazine this exhibition is free and open to the public. The Maine Media Gallery is on the first floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central Street, Rockport Village. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am – 3 pm.
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 # 1: by Cindy Stephens
Image # 2: by Mary Alice Kolodner