Two new photography exhibitions will open Saturday, July 27, with a 4 to 6 p.m. reception at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave. The reception is free and open to the public.

Brown-curated ‘MENTOR’

“MENTOR: 40 Photographers/40 Years” honors the spirit of collaboration between master artists and their students fostered by Maine Media Workshops + College, CMCA's longtime neighbor in Rockport village. Curated by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown and Maine Media professor Brenton Hamilton, the exhibition is part of a yearlong celebration marking MMW+C's 40th anniversary. The exhibition will feature the work of some of Maine Media’s best-known master teachers alongside the work of their students, who continue the connection with Maine Media through teaching and mentoring.

Participating photographers include Elizabeth Aanes, Sam Abell, Debbie Fleming Caffery, John Paul Caponigro, Paul Caponigro, Kate Carter, Christine Collins, Tillman Crane, John Goodman, Jay Gould, Elizabeth Greenberg, Ernst Haas, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Susan Hayre, John Hirsch, Kate Izor, Ann Jastrab, Stella Johnson, Sean Kernan, Costa Manos, Arno Minkkinen, Arthur Meyerson, Andrea Modica, Arnold Newman, Elizabeth Opalenik, Renee Psiakis, Lilo Raymond, Eugene Richards, Jan Rosenbaum, Alison Smith, Craig Stevens, Joanna Swayze, Joe Swayze, Joyce Tenneson, Mat Thorne, Alan Vlach, Jo Ann Walters, Tim Whelan and Deanna Witman.

Solo Charland show

The second exhibition is “Caleb Charland: From the Basement to the Backyard.” Charland’s photography springs from “somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty,” resulting in images that are at once familiar yet strange. Growing up in rural Maine, Charland spent much of his childhood helping his father remodel their family home. Exploring the world at hand — from the basement to the backyard — instilled in him an awareness of the potential for the creative use of materials, as well as the ability to fabricate his visions. All of Charland’s images are created in-camera, on a flatbed scanner or in the darkroom; no content is created or added digitally.

Charland has an master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Progressive Collection and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The exhibitions will remain on view through Sept. 22. For more information about the exhibitions and events connected with them, visit The nonprofit CMCA is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

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