Cartwright images at Rising Tide

Feb 21, 2013
Photo by: Steve Cartwright Steve Cartwright’s inspiring images of the sea will run into early spring at Damariscotta’s Rising Tide.

Damariscotta — Rising Tide Community Market on Business Route 1 will host a show of work by freelance photographer Steve Cartwright of Waldoboro Sunday, Feb. 24, through March 23. A public reception and wine tasting is set for Friday, March 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The show’s theme is the sea around us. Writer and photographer Cartwright chronicles the coast, bays and islands and said he wants his photographs to convey a sense of place that sustains our spirit.

Cartwright grew up in New York City, first arriving in Maine at age 4 on his family’s wooden sailboat. He and his family split time between a farmhouse in Waldoboro and a cottage in Tenants Harbor.

He apprenticed to artist Barbara Morgan, principal photographer of dancer Martha Graham and friend of Ansel Adams. Cartwright helped prepare a solo show of Morgan's work for New York's Museum of Modern Art. He has worked with Native American tribes in Maine and for various daily and weekly newspapers.

Cartwright said he believes we need to consider what maintains our quality of life, from relationships to work and community. He has organized festivals and supported land conservation projects; serves on the Waldoboro selectboard; and is race director for the Blueberry Cove Half Marathon. He also helps coordinate a monthly contra dance in Thomaston.

Steve and Kathy Cartwright have a daughter, Chelsea, and a grandson, Sylvan, living in Damariscotta. Joel, Chelsea's brother, died in 2008.

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

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