Tides Institute & Museum opening “Undercurrent” + tintype portrait event


“Stacked Waves” by Shoshannah White

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is pleased to announce an opening reception for the next exhibition, “Undercurrent,” by Shoshannah White, on Friday, July 25, from 4 to 7 pm.  Shoshannah White is a Maine-based photographer whose work has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. White’s installation work is sited throughout Maine.
The “Undercurrent” exhibition presents a series started during White’s three-month residency at Swallowtail Keepers Society Lighthouse on Grand Manan in the summer of 2012.  White’s residency there was made possible by the Maine/New Brunswick Residency Fund, established by a partnership between the New Brunswick Arts Board and the Maine Arts Commission to encourage an international exchange of artists and allow for creative projects to be undertaken in an international setting. The residency was partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
All the works in the exhibition are mixed media: photographic prints with encaustic wax, oil pant and occasionally metal dusts and metal leaf.
Shoshannah White will be at the opening reception at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art on Friday, July 25, and will present brief remarks about the residency, the photographic work, and mixed media process at 6 pm. The exhibition will remain on view through August 17. The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is at 43 Water Street, Eastport, Maine. For more information, please visit www.tidesinstitute.org or call (207) 853-4047.

Tintype photographersChristie Lawrence (left) and Karen Stentaford operate a traveling tintype studio called Photomatic. The duo will be creating tintype portraits in Eastport July 25 and 26.

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is sponsoring a two day early mid-nineteenth century portrait photography (tintype) event for two days on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. An exhibition of the tintypes created in Eastport will be held at 6 pm on Saturday. Depending on the weather, the event will be held just outside or inside the institute’s StudioWorks building at 48 Water Street in  downtown Eastport. Led by veteran tintype photographers, Karen Stentaford and Christie Lawrence who together are known as Photomatic, they will demonstrate the art of portrait photography using a 150 year old tintype photographic process. Stentaford is a photography technician and lecturer in the fine arts department of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and Lawrence is a recent graduate of Mount Allison University and a former student of Stentaford. The tintype technique is known as wet plate, since the metal plate is exposed in camera while still “wet” with emulsion and silver nitrate. The image is captured directly on the surface of the plate. The cost of having one’s portrait taken is $25 and groups of 2-3 people may be able to be accommodated in a single portrait. Portraits will be processed and made available to participants by Sunday, July 27. Those interested in participating in this unique photographic event should contact the Tides Institute at 207-853-4047 or tides@tidesinstitute.org.