Photographer Peter Ralston‘s first artist’s talk at Archipelago Fine Arts Aug. 9 was such a success that he is coming back for an encore presentation Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. A master raconteur, Ralston has a treasure trove of stories behind his iconic images of the Maine coast, several of which are on display at the Main Street gallery through Oct. 25.

This talk is part of the premiere exhibition of Ralston’s Master Prints, a numbered, open edition of larger prints selected for their personal significance to the artist and their ability to print beautifully as 24-by-36 prints.  Ralston prints all of his own works, exceeding museum standards; he also hand-titles, numbers and signs each print in the Master Prints series.

Since 1978, Ralston has photographed the Maine coast extensively, especially the working communities that define coastal Maine’s character. His work has been seen in countless books and magazines, featured on network television and exhibited in galleries, collections and museums throughout the United States and abroad.

Ralston’s encore appearance is once again a free event; refreshments will be served and no advance reservations are required, although early arrival is encouraged. For more information, contact Lisa Mossel Vietze at 596-0701 or lvietze@islandinstitute.org. To view the online gallery, visit islandinstitute.org/gallery/The-Master-Prints/192/.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.