Photographer, painter works on display at CMMC

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LEWISTON — The Central Maine Medical Center Woman’s Hospital Association will feature the work of a photographer and a painter at its Rotating Art Gallery in the Main Lobby at CMMC during February.

Photographic work by Ray C. Pringle of Strong and paintings by Ralph Hagopian of Swan’s Island will be displayed and may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop, located adjacent to the Main Lobby. A percentage of sale proceeds benefit CMMC.

Pringle takes particular interest in landscape and documentary photography, but his work includes portraiture, miniature, architectural and wildlife images. Mostly focusing on the “grand landscape,” Pringle has ranged over mountains, deserts and forests to find “that perfect view.”

“Viewing through the lens a land devoid of human life, there are sometimes subtle references to civilization. So often are landscapes abandoned by people, there are almostalways signs of human encroachment. Why did they come here? Why did they leave? Where are they now?,” Pringle said.

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Hagopian has painted in oil and watercolor since childhood, tutored first by his father, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and later with private lessons and in workshops led by landscape and portrait artist Jerry Rose, who maintains a studio in Blue Hill and shows his work in Northeast Harbor.

His paintings have been exhibited in shows in Brunswick and Rockland as well as in the public libraries on Swan’s Island and at Southwest Harbor.

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