Maine Media Gallery will open “Hands On,” an exhibition to coincide with the opening of Maine Media Workshops + College’s book arts and alternative process photography studio, Wednesday, June 4, to run through July 5. There will be an artists reception Tuesday, June 24, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

In celebration of the opening of Maine Media Workshops + College’s brand new Book Arts and Alt Pro studio, “Hands On” will feature the distinguished work of Maine Media’s outstanding faculty. Artists on display include Book Arts faculty Rebecca Goodale, Walter Tisdale and Anastasia Weigle; and Alt Pro faculty Tillman Crane, Brenton Hamilton and Alan Vlach.

The exhibition also will feature books published by Two Ponds Press, a local publishing company working with world-renowned artists to create books, portfolios and broadsides in traditional and innovative approaches. Also featured will be the work of the prominent 1960s photographer Naomi Savage, a critical figure in alternative process photographic history.

The Book Arts and Alt Pro studio will house a raft of exceptional book arts equipment including Vandercook proofing presses, multiple book presses, a photopolymer platemaker, composing stone and base, stamping press, bookbinding sewing frame and much more. The Alternative Process Lab being renovated in the adjacent space embraces the resurging interest in 19th-century historic photographic techniques including tintype, collodion, gum bichromate and calotype.

Maine Media Gallery, 18 Central St. in the village, is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission INS free to the public.

Maine Media Gallery showcases photographic and multi-media work of students, alumni, and faculty, as well as innovative media artists pertinent to our community. The gallery offers an outstanding collection of donated faculty work for sale, with proceeds benefiting Maine Media’s scholarship fund. In addition, the Maine Media Gallery houses Tim Whelan’s bookstore, a nationally recognized bookstore for its impressive collection of fine art photography books.

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