Carver Hill Gallery of Rockland and The Edge Restaurant in Lincolnville are collaborating in the current showing of work by Belfast photographer Lynn Karlin. An opening reception is scheduled at the waterfront The Edge restaurant Saturday, Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Karlin has co-produced three books, the first of which, “Maine Farm, A Year of Country Life,” written by Stanley Joseph, recounted their experiences living on the farm they purchased from famed homesteaders and authors of “The Good Life,” Helen and Scott Nearing. Her next book, “Gardens Maine Style,” written by Rebecca Sawyer-Fay, became an instant bestseller and award winner. In 2008 another book, “Gardens Maine Style: Act II,” also co-produced with Sawyer-Fay, featured even more magnificent Maine gardens.

Originally from New York, Karlin graduated from Pratt Institute with the goal of becoming a fine art photographer. Realizing the time it takes to pursue this option as a career, and the amount of effort it takes to market oneself, she decided to change gears and try commercial work. She put all of the creative energy she would have applied to her fine art work into personalizing a style for her clients and was awarded with accolades for her projects. Karlin has had an impressive list of employers and clients over her four-decade career shooting fashion, interiors and gardens including WWD and W, as the first female staff photographer, as well as Country Living, New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, House & Garden, Coastal Living, Garden Design and England’s Gardens Illustrated.

Karlin’s new body of work is purely personal; it is about the obvious but often overlooked beauty of the harvest. Weekly visits to photograph at the Belfast Farmers Market and Chase’s Daily took a new direction when she brought an amazingly beautiful purple cauliflower back to her studio and placed it on an old white pedestal by an east-facing window.

“The joy I got from that photograph started me on a quest to continue with my concept: honoring vegetables by literary placing them on a higher level. Two years later, I have collected more than a dozen various pedestals and have expanded my search of subjects to fruit, edible plants and flowers,” she said.

Karlin has succeeded in showing her reverence for the remarkable colors and forms of the garden in this show and The Pedestal Series has now brought her full circle, back to her roots.

“I am now at a turning point where I am incorporating what I love best about my career and my life’s journey. These still lifes bring together my technical skill, design background, lighting aesthetics, propping and styling experience, and a commitment to promote organic, local produce,” she said.

Karlin’s work is on view at The Edge through Columbus Day. The restaurant at Inn at Ocean’s Edge, 24 Stonecoast Road (off Route 1), is open from 4 to 9 p.m. daily through Monday, Sept. 13; then through Columbus Day, it will be open Wednesdays through Mondays. Work is on view at Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., Rockland, through Columbus Day.

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