CAMDEN/ROCKPORT — Influential and revered photographer and educator Elizabeth Opalenik has enjoyed a decades-long association with Maine Media Workshops + College (formerly The Maine Photographic Workshop), where she continues to teach. During the pandemic lockdown she wrote the anthology “Workshop Stories: changed through photography,” which chronicles her photographic career that has found her teaching workshops or making images on six continents. Opalenik holds a book signing Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carver Hill Gallery, 28 Bayview St., Camden.

“I have incredible memories of photography workshops, particularly those at The Workshops in Maine where I began in 1979. After 40 years, I am happily still returning to Maine Media each summer to teach,” Opalenik said. “My new book ‘Workshops Stories: changed through photography’ chronicles over 100 stories with images from colleagues that connected while crossing paths sharing the possibilities of community through photography. Workshops and these stories are like stepping on the moon…one giant leap for self discovery and growth.”

Joining Opalenik will be founding director of Maine Photographic Workshops David Lyman, along with current provost of MMW Elizabeth Greenberg. Artists Craig Stevens, Paul Caponigro, John Paul Caponigro, Joyce Tenneson, Cig Harvey, Brenton Hamilton and Tillman Crane all live in the area. Many will be present. Others that have spent multiple summers in Camden and Rockport are sure to join. It will be a lively evening of memories. Come meet the artists and share their stories.

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