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Hand-painting Black & White Photographs workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum

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SEARSPORT Create an extraordinary work of art by transforming a black and white photograph using the historic technique of hand-painting in the Hand-painting Black & White Photographs workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum. This intensive workshop, led by fine-art photographer Liv Kristin Robinson, explores traditional methods for applying pigments to black & white images. Suitable photos will be provided by the museum or bring your own black & white, matte surfaced, images. Painting materials will be provided.

Liv Kristin Robinson, a Belfast area fine-art photographer who is well known for her hand-painted images, has shown widely. Robinson trained as an artist and art historian in New York City, and her originals are to be found in several private and public collections including The New York Public Library, The Portland Museum of Art, Colby College and the Farnsworth Museum of Art.

There are two opportunities to take the Hand-painting Black & White Photographs workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum this summer: Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1 - 3 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1 - 3 p.m. The workshop fee is $10, $7 for Museum members and Searsport residents. For more information or to buy tickets call (207) 548-0334 or go to

Hand-painting Black & White Photographs is part of Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light, Penobscot Marine Museum's first major exhibition of historic photography. It includes four exhibits, a walk-in camera, a wall of selfies taken by museum visitors, an historic darkroom, tintype and cyanotype demonstrations and workshops on making pin-hole cameras. The four exhibits, Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890-1920; Twenty Best; Evolution of the Photographic Snapshot: 1888-2015; and The Carters and the Lukes - Selections from the Red Boutilier Collection are filled with interactive opportunities for visitors including life-sized photographic cutouts with which visitors may photograph themselves, an online exhibit of visitor photographs and comments and QR codes and tablets providing access to audio clips of interviews, biographies and commentary by historians, curators and professional photographers.

Penobscot Marine Museum is in the historic seacoast village of Searsport, Maine. Check the website for daily activities and events. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as a ship captain's house, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19th century Chinese and Japanese pottery, paintings and textiles, historic Maine boats, a fisheries exhibit and an heirloom vegetable garden. The Museum has over 140,000 historic photographs, and a maritime history research library. Eight of its 12 exhibit buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October. For more information go to or call the Visitors Center (207) 548-0334 or Administrative Offices at (207) 548-2529.


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