Photo Treks exhibition at Jonathan Frost

Jan 25, 2013
Photo by: Brianna Knowlton “Rust n’ Dust” by eighth grader Brianna Knowlton is one of 28 to be featured in a Trekkers exhibition at Rockland’s the Jonathan Frost Gallery.

Rockland — Trekkers’ Photo Treks 2012 exhibition will open Friday, Feb. 1, at the Jonathon Frost Gallery, 21 Winter St. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring Jo Anne Parker on piano. The exhibition will remain on view for the month of February.

Photo Treks 2012's “Visions of People, Paper and Pulp” is the culminating photographic work of nine talented middle school artists and five adult mentors. Students and mentors captured these images during their five-day Photo Treks expedition while visiting Maine’s paper mills, both abandoned and operating.

Combining environmental education, digital photography and youth mentoring, the Photo Treks program takes students and mentors on a photographic exploration of their state. The program encourages an appreciation of the arts and the natural world through experiential learning. During the 2012 Photo Treks expedition in October, students spent four nights at Unity College; visited Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum in Livermore Falls; and toured a former paper mill in Jay. Students also viewed a presentation by the Androscoggin River Alliance to learn about the environmental impact of the pulp and paper mill industry.

Students then toured an operating mill, Great Northern Paper in East Millinocket, to learn from the company’s perspective about the pros and cons of its impact on small communities.  By showing both sides of the issue, the Trekkers students were able to make up their own minds about what they think and feel regarding the many environmental and economic issues that were discussed during the expedition.

This year’s program was funded in part by a grant from the K2 Family Foundation. Students’ work will be for sale with half of the proceeds going to the artist and half going into the Photo Treks program. In addition to donating space for the opening, the Jonathan Frost Gallery also is generously donating its usual commission to the Photo Treks program.

Trekkers, recipient of the 2012 Governor’s Award for Maine’s Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program, 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 more than 180 students from the communities of RSU 13. For more information about Trekkers, 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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