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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: April 23, 2015

Portland photographer’s retrospective exhibition, ‘Rose Marasco: index,’ at PMA

Written by: Bob Keyes
“Amity Cary Grange” by Portland photographer Rose Marasco.

“Amity Cary Grange” by Portland photographer Rose Marasco.

Portland photographer Rose Marasco gets her first retrospective exhibition when the Portland Museum of Art opens “Rose Marasco: index” as part of the museum’s continuing series on contemporary art, “Circa.”

The show opens Friday and is on view through Dec. 6 on the museum’s third and fourth floors. It includes images in a variety of photographic media from the early 1970s through today.

The photos demonstrate Marasco’s technical range and the role of experimentation in her work. “You can’t make anything new unless you’re willing to fail,” Marasco said.

The show includes pinhole camera images from New York, large-scale silver gelatin prints of vegetation at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth and photo-diary scenes from a residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, along with a wall of photos from her popular Maine Grange series.

Marasco taught 35 years at the University of Southern Maine.

On June 5, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art opens “Rose Marasco: Reflections on Patrons of Husbandry,” which includes work from her Grange and “Domestic Objects” series. It will be on view through July 5.

 

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