Rockland artist DM (Deanna) Witman will premiere new images in “Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena,” opening Friday, Oct. 4, with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception, including an artist’s talk, at Second Street Gallery, 115 Second St. SE.

Witman holds an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College and a BS in Environmental Biology from Kutztown University, and her new work reflects both disciplines. To produce these celestial night images, she brought in slugs found in the summer grass and let them spend a night going about their business on film.

“Delicate and persistent, the slug moves about from dusk until dawn on gelatin silver paper in my darkroom, making marks through their biology, creating something new,” she said in her artist’s statement.

Witman has taught photography and the history of photography at Project Basho, the Community College of Philadelphia, Maine Media Workshops and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in private collections.

The show will run through Oct. 26. A catalog with a selection of the installed images and an introductory essay by Alan Lightman, author of “Einstein's Dreams,” is available. Copies of the catalog, with or without a small unique signed print (limited to 25), can be purchased by sending email to For more information about the artist, visit

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