Vincent Versace, a world-renowned, charismatic guru on the art and craft of digital fine art photography, will give a talk and visual presentation Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave. at 2 p.m. Versace, whose presentation is titled Welcome to Oz, is known for his unique cinematic approach to evoking time and its passage in still photographic images.

Versace received the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Schellenberg fine art award. He is the best-selling author of “Welcome to Oz: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography” and is a six-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History.

This event promises to be a special occasion and it is the first of two Current Topics in Photography art talks at CMCA to be presented in conjunction with the current exhibition “Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later.” Admission to the presentation is $5, free for CMCA members.

CMCA appreciates support from the Maine Media Workshops in connecting with Versace, who will be giving a photography workshop there titled Return to Oz: The Environmental Landscape Oct. 17 through 23.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 236-2875 or visit cmcanow.org.

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