New ‘roving’ museum will showcase photography

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FALMOUTH — A museum without walls.

That’s the concept behind the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, a new museum of photography, film, videographs and media installations that will travel the state.

Its first exhibition, “Capture: 50 Photographic Artists,” is showing at Falmouth Station, 190 U.S. Route 1, through May 9.

The 4,000-foot site provides ample wall space for works by 50 photographers from across the state who have varying styles, but share one thing — professional excellence.

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The MMPA was founded by three women with creative courage and a common love of photography who believe that photography, as an art medium, isn’t getting enough coverage in the state. They are Anne Zill, director of the University of New England Art Gallery of Portland; Elizabeth Moss, owner of the Elizabeth Moss Art Galleries of Falmouth; and Denise Froehlic, an art photographer and educator who has taught photography at Bates College, the College of the Atlantic and the University of New England.

“The concept of a mobile museum appealed to me. It will travel throughout the state and rotate photography exhibits for the public to see right in their own communities. It will move photography into the main line of the art world — accessible to all, a museum without walls,” said Zill. In addition, some MMPA exhibits will run on the Internet.

The photography show at Falmouth Station features such well-known photographers as Brad Maushart, Melanie Bennett, Denise Froehlic, Barbara Goodbody, Uris Ubans, Judith Ellis Glickman and Joyce Tenneson.

Everyone showing works in “Capture: 50 Photographic Artists” either lives in, spends summers in or has gone to school in the state.

One of my favorite works in the exhibit is “Peace Lily,” by Joyce Tenneson. With its simple lines and understated composition, it is both soothing and uplifting.

Another work of significance is “Venice,” by Judith Ellis Glickman, a black-and-white gelatin silver print. The rhythm and patterns depicted in the water help create a somber composition with a hauntingly dynamic tension.

Ralphael DiLuzio’s work titled “Seventh Veil” is a complex electronic media work that moves on a screen, creating a compelling optical illusion.

People can view “Capture: 50 Photographic Artists” at Falmouth Station free of charge from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment. Donations to MMPA may be made online at http://kck.st/chBxA2. For more information, e-mail Elizabeth Moss Galleries at emoss@mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org.

Museum fundraiser

WHAT: black-and-white cocktail party

WHEN: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22

WHERE: Falmouth Station, 190 U.S. Route 1

TICKETS: $35. Call Elizabeth Moss at 781-2620 or go to http://bit.ly/aa12WW to register online.

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