BOOK SIGNING EVENT! Elizabeth Opalenik: Workshop Stories, changed through photography.

Carver Hill Gallery, 28 Bayview Street in Camden, will host a book signing of the newly released WORKSHOPS STORIES - Lives Changed though Photography by award winning artist, author and teacher Elizabeth Opalenik. Joining Elizabeth will be founding director of Maine Photographic Workshops (Now Maine Media Workshops), David Lyman, along with current provost of MMW,  Elizabeth Greenberg.  Artists Craig Stevens, Paul Caponigro, John Paul Caponigro, Joyce Tenneson, Cig Harvey, Brenton Hamilton and Tillman Crane all live in the area.  Many will be present. Others that have spent multiple summers in Camden and Rockport are sure to join. It will be a lively evening of memories. Come meet the artists and share their stories.

 Workshop Stories by Elizabeth Opalenik is about lives changed through photography workshops. In1973 David Lyman rented the basement of Union Hall downtown Rockport, a four story brick building that housed the Rockport Post Office, and started the Maine Photographic Workshops.  The school grew to offer film, television and AA degree programs as Rockport College. In 1995 the school began offering an MFA program. Thirty four years later, The Maine Photographic Workshops and Rockport College changed ownership and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 known as Maine Media Workshops. 

This book is about world renowned photography workshops and the impact they had on students and faculty. It includes more than 100 stories with images by the teaching icons of early photography workshops, starting with Ansel Adams' Workshops in Yosemite. More than 60 percent of the 100 photographers featured in this book have passed through the doors of Union Hall in Rockport.  Many stayed, and still live here. 

“Many speak of lessons taught as well as lessons learned and friendships made and carried on for many years. This is one release that won’t leave my office and may even require white gloves.  It already means that much to me.  After you go through it once or twice you may feel the same way."  Tim Anderson, Excerpt from review in Shadow and Light Magazine.  

“All spines on the bookcase will have to wait a long time until, if ever, for this one to join them given that Workshop Stories will take permanent residence on the living room table or old piano top. The balance between stories and facing images is truly inspiring and so unique.  It’s two gorgeous books in one on every single spread. Honored as well to be there.”  Arno Rafael Minkkinen

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