ROCKPORT — “Yarka Vendrinska: Heart of Concern,” an exhibition tribute to the memory of a blossoming photojournalist, will open June 1 at Maine Media Gallery in Rockport Village. The community is invited to a reception 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 7.
An alumna of Maine Media Workshops, Yarka Vendrinska died at age 32. Through a donation from 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 his or her career, and who wishes to attend a photojournalism workshops at Maine Media, a place Vendrinska loved.
Vendrinska 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.”
The new exhibition will showcase both Vendrinska’s work and images by the scholarship winners.
“Yarka Vendrinska: Heart of Concern,” will be on display June 1-29 at the Maine Media Gallery, first floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
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