BELFAST — Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibits “Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibit of Maritime Images by Maine’s Iconic Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa” and “The Alluring and Enduring Maine Coast” will be at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center Fernald Gallery Dec. 7, 2018 through March 28, 2019 at 80 Belmont Avenue. The exhibit is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free of charge.
“Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibit of Maritime Images by Maine’s Iconic Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa” is much anticipated as Kosti’s work has been locked away in a warehouse in New Jersey for the past 50 years. His photo agency, Black Star, donated his archive of negatives, prints and contact sheets to PMM in the fall. The exhibit will focus on his Maine coastal and maritime work. His photographs were featuring in Life, Look and National Geographic regularly. While he photographed around the world, Maine was his favorite subject, both the people and land. He died prematurely in 1961 at the age of 47.
“The Alluring and Enduring Maine Coast” is an exhibition of historic photography that was created in conjunction with the Maine Photo Project in 2015 and displayed at the Island Institute that year. This exhibition highlights historic island, coastal and working waterfront images and was curated by Lisa Mossel Vietze of the Island Institute and Archipelago Gallery and Penobscot Marine Museum photo archivist Kevin Johnson, drawing from the museum’s vast collections in its photography archives. Images are of familiar places, filled with characters and neighbors, offering stories of our past along Maine’s beautiful and enduring coast.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049. Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online (hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu).