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Museum Trip: Clarence White and His World at the Portland Museum of Art
This exhibition is the first in over forty years to survey the work of Clarence White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and a major teacher and mentor. It will survey White's career from its beginnings in 1895 in Newark, Ohio, to his death in Mexico in 1925. Thanks to Ken Kartes for making us aware of this treasure. Getting There: If you don't feel like driving, the Downeaster (http://amtrakdowneaster.com/schedules) will get you there without worry about traffic or parking. The train leaves Exeter Station at 11:29AM, arriving in Portland about an hour and a quarter later. The return train leaves Portland at 3:30PM, so you'll be home in time for dinner. Getting In: Admission if $15 for adults, $13 for seniors. Here are the details from the PMA site (or visit the PMA page here: https://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions/clarence-white-and-his-world. ) Clarence White and His World will bring this essential American artist to the attention of new generations of art enthusiasts and reclaim his place in the American art canon. The exhibition will provide a fresh understanding of White's career, as shaped by the aesthetic, social, economic, technological, and political transformations of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. White's early work shares with the nascent Arts and Crafts Movement some of the most progressive values of the time, including the advocacy of hand production, closeness to nature, socialism, Japonisme, and the simple life. His move to New York in 1906 and involvement with the influential Photo-Secession group mark a fundamental shift in his production as it grew to encompass nudes made in collaboration with Alfred Stieglitz, commercial illustration for literary works, and deepening relevance to his teaching. Indeed, Clarence White the teacher has often overshadowed Clarence White the artist; this exhibition seeks to strike a new balance, demonstrating his radical techniques in both arenas. In addition to more than 100 prints, albums, and illustrated books by White himself, the exhibition will include paintings, prints, and drawings by artists who influenced or were influenced by pictorial photography, as well as photographs by White's closest friends, collaborators, and students, including Gertrude Käsebier, Alfred Stieglitz, and Alvin L. Colburn. Image: Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), The Sea [Rose Pastor Stokes, Caritas Islands, Connecticut], 1909, platinum print, 24.5 x 18.5 cm. The Clarence H. White Archive, Princeton University

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We're a group of photographers from the very photogenic Seacoast Region, from Newburyport, MA all the way up to Portland, ME.

Join us for monthly meetings on technique, tools, photo critique, and anything else photography; or join in on an upcoming meetup, workshop, or class.

Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:00 in Exeter, NH. Meetups are scheduled at least two weeks ahead of time in our neck of the woods, and as far away as New York City.

We are affiliated with the Seacoast Artists Association (www.SeacoastArtist.org) in downtown Exeter, NH; the CAPE (Cape Ann Photographic Expeditions) Meetup group in Cape Ann, MA; the Newburyport Photowalks Meetup in Newburyport; and the Maine Photography Meetup Facebook group.

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