Submitted by Frank (Spook) Spizuoco: Currently the Dexter Historical Society is presenting a part of its traveling photo art show, “Maine's Woods Observations by Bert Lincoln Call and Henry David Thoreau,” at Dexter's Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union. In 2009 the show exhibited at Dexter, Greenville, Indian Island, Bangor Public Library, University of Southern Maine, and North Light Gallery in Millinocket. Bert was the local town photographer in Dexter from 1886 to 1944, but spent much of his time traveling to Maine's North Woods to photograph the as yet pristine wilderness.
In 2010 a limited edition of 5 prints were hung at the Glickman Library of the University of Southern Maine. In May and June the show went on exhibit at the Lumberman's Museum in Patten. The town of Monson hosted the show in July. The University of Maine at Presque Isle exhibited the show in September. In November and December the University of Maine at Machias is hosting the show. Plans are to have the show eventually tour all over the US.
To create this exhibit the famous photographer Todd Watts was contacted. He produced thirty-five 23” x 30” restored prints from Call's negatives. Watts is an internationally recognized photographer and respected photographic printer. He has had his own photographic work exhibited in America in more than a dozen states, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Brooklyn Museum, Princeton University, Yale University, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco.
Internationally his work has been on exhibit in galleries in Paris, the Albertina in Vienna, in Oslo, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and Canada. Watt's photographic portfolios have been published by Parasol Press Ltd. for over 30 years. Among other projects, he printed and produced all of Berenice Abbott's famous photographs, including nine limited edition portfolios from 1974 until her death.
Michael Alpert, Director of the University of Maine Press has expressed interest in publishing a high quality book to compliment the exhibit. Plans are also to produce and sell a portfolio of Bert Call prints along with the book, and a limited edition of the current exhibit prints.
More information about the show is available on their internet website: www.callthoreauexhibit.com
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