Maine Media Workshops has launched a new campus fundraising initiative this summer. The Scholarship Print Gallery offers student photographs for sale to benefit the school’s scholarship fund.

As a new nonprofit, Maine Media is working to build a fund that provides access to workshops for aspiring artists who could not otherwise attend. The print gallery, located in the center of campus, is a place for the school’s community to take an active role in these efforts.

During each week of classes, students are invited to donate prints and post them to the Scholarship Print Gallery. The public is welcome to browse, make a selection and bring home an original photographic print as a souvenir of their time at MMW or of their trip to Maine.

Tom Martinet, summer workshop student from California, purchased several prints to take home.  He said when he travels, he likes going into a gallery and finding an image that is not too far out of his price range and that strikes his aesthetic sense.

“I was drawn to an image that reminded me of a Salvador Dali painting or a Jerry Uelsmann photo. As I was looking at it, a young man who was part of the group that created it gave me some background details and that sealed the deal. There is a real family feel to everything in Rockport. I so look forward to returning,” Martinet said.

Scholarship print sales are open to the public. Each print is $25. All proceeds go directly into the Maine Media Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Print Gallery is located outside the Haas Registration building on the Maine Media campus, 70 Camden St. Free parking is available.

For information about the school’s programs and events, visit mainemedia.edu, call 236-8581 or send e-mail to info@theworkshops.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.