Photo Treks at new Jonathan Frost location

Mar 08, 2014
Photo by: Shane Lavoie Shane Lavoie’s photograph of the rooftops of Lewiston is one of 22 to be featured in the exhibition at Rockland’s Jonathan Frost Gallery.

Rockland — Trekkers’ Photo Treks 2013 exhibition will open Friday, March 14, at the new location of the Jonathan Frost Gallery, 279 Main St. (entrance on Park Drive). The show will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception and all are welcome to attend. The exhibition will run for the month of March.

Photo Treks 2013: “People, Places, and Culture: Exploring Diversity in Maine” is the culminating photographic work of eight talented high school artists and five adult mentors. Combining cultural diversity, digital photography and youth mentoring, students in this year’s Photo Treks program examined social justice through the lens of a camera during a five-day trip last October.

While experiencing a variety of communities, cultures and traditions within the state of Maine, students were encouraged to expand their understanding while capturing digital images that depicted their experience. The goal of the Photo Treks program is to cultivate a new appreciation for photography; to broaden students’ knowledge of their home state; and create a deeper respect for places and cultures outside their own community. Photo Treks 2013 was funded in part by a grant from the K2 Family Foundation.

This year’s Photo Treks show will be held at the new location of the Jonathan Frost Gallery, next to the Park Street Grille. In addition to donating space for the opening, the Jonathan Frost Gallery is donating its usual commission to the Photo Treks program. Students’ work will be for sale, both at the opening and throughout the month of March. Half of the proceeds will go to the artist; the other half will support the Photo Treks program.

“Trekkers is excited to collaborate with local artists and to introduce our students to the vibrant art community in this area. We are so grateful to Jonathan Frost and the other local artists who have helped make this program happen,” said Trekkers Executive Director Don Carpenter.

Trekkers is a nonprofit mentoring organization that connects young people with caring adults through expeditionary learning, adventure-based education and community service. The organization currently serves 200 students from the communities of RSU 13. For more information, call 594-5095 or visit trekkers.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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