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         An exhibition to commemorate the birth of Henry David Thoreau in 2017:  

"We might climb a tree,at least."                                    -H. D. Thoreau

S. B. Walker, Untitled, Walden, March 2016, ink jet print, 20 x 24 inches

November 2, 2017 - January 27, 2018


             Opening Reception:  Thursday, November 2, 6-8pm

"This exhibition celebrates artists who are inspired by Thoreau and his interest in conservation and the transcendental movement.  Photographers and works have been chosen because of a sensitivity and kinship to these ideals.  It's a timely endeavor in light of our states efforts in conservation and stewardship (of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.) and we couldn’t be more proud of highlighting the thoughtful photographic artists of Maine."   
                                                                   - Denise Froehlich, Director MMPA
 

Artists included; Elizabeth Greenberg, Ethan Hayes- Chute, Gail Skudera, Gary Green, Johanna Moore, S. B. Walker, Sarah Szwajkos, Dan Mills, Keily Anderson-Staley and D.M.Witman
 

         

A reissue of Walking by H.D. Thoreau with an introduction by Adam Tuchinsky will be available at the Artist Panel Discussion.  Tilbury House is the publisher. Book design; Margo Halverson of Alice Design Communitcations 

“The life of Thoreau straddles the era that witnessed the birth of our modern, market- based, urban culture. A singular figure and writer, even amongst the Transcendentalists whose impulses he shared, he was also, to borrow his mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson’s term a “representative man.” Though he remains the towering figure in the history of nature writing, he symbolizes the way in which nature became for a certain class and subset of Americans—hipsters, bohemians, artists—an other. A creature of New England village life, Thoreau’s life was interspersed with what even he would consider wilderness excursions. Notably, he went to Maine, and he went there to find a landscape that would take him beyond ordinary, “civilized” experience. The landscape was raw, and it had much to teach him. “Nature was here something savage and awful though beautiful,” he wrote. “   
                                                                       
-Adam Tuchinsky, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at USM



 Artist Panel Discussion:  Thursday, November 16, 6-8pm 
7th floor of the USM Glickman Library 
 
     Ethan Hayes-Chute, from the series Beacons, 2015, Digital C-Print, 18 x 27 inches
          Gail Skudera, Winter Woods, 2017, woven paper, vinyl and foil 33 x 18.5 inches.
D. M. Witman, Mourning, 2014- 2017, Anthotype from Maine huckleberries printed on Arches Platine, 13.25” x 21.5”
                   Gary M. Green, Millinocket Lake Road from Along Golden Road: A Photographic Album of the North Maine Woods, 2008-2017, ink jet print, 20" x 28" 
Keily Anderson-Staley, Hanson's Tent at Common Ground Fair, Unity, Maine, 2007, ink jet print, 30" x 40"
Sarah Szwajkos, Heaven and Earth, Beech Hill and Dodge Mountain, 2014, dye sublimation print on aluminum, 30 x 30"
                Elizabeth Greenberg, Untitled, 2016, pigment print, 30" x 40"
D. M. Witman, Waiting, 2017, Anthotype from Maine blueberry printed on Rives BFK; 8” x 12”
Dan Mills, Hermit, Thoreau, UFOs, and Wabanaki Route Information, 2017, acrylic, gouache, and ink on digitally altered map, 14.25 x 10 inches
Johanna Moore, Indian Pond Road, 2014, b/w photographic paper negative, pinhole, 24" x 30" 


Events

21 October 2017, Saturday
University Events Room, 7th Floor, USM Glickman Library, Portland Maine  

Thoreau and Maine: A Symposium  9:30am - 4:45pm
Speakers included:  Adam Tuchinsky, Phillip Gura, Richard W. Judd, James Francis, Micah Pawling, Nancy Randolph, Anthony Muench, Dana Wilde, Lisa Hibl, Norma Salway, Robert Chute, David Vail, Mike Wilson and Lucas St. Clair

2 November 2017, Thursday
MMPA Gallery, 5th floor of the USM Glickman Library, Portland, Maine

Opening Reception 6-8pm 
Artists included; D. M. Witman, Elizabeth Greenberg, Ethan Hayes- Chute, Gail Skudera, Gary Green, Johanna Moore, S. B. Walker, Sarah Szwajkos, Dan Mills, Keily Anderson- Staley
 

16 November 2017, Thursday
7th floor of the USM Glickman Library, Portland, Maine

Artist Panel Discussion and Book Signing 6-8pm
Speakers:  Adam Tuchinsky, introduction writer for WALKING by Henry David Thoreau.  Tuchinsky is Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Southern Maine, an Associate Professor of History, and the author of several essays on Transcendentalism.  Artists from the exhibition to speak include:  D. M. Witman, Gary Green and Elizabeth Greenberg

Artists included in the book:
 Gary Green, Elizabeth Greenberg, Kurita Koichiro, Herbert Wendell Gleason and Jan van Voorst van Beest

Books will be available for sale at the book signing and at the USM Bookstore. Check out the Now on View page at MMPA for a preview.  Walking Henry David Thoreau will also be available at bookstores nationally. 

                   
 

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