April 4, 2013

Blue period: David Stess at PMA

An exhibition at Portland Museum of Art showcases photographer David Brooks Stess' images of Maine's blueberry barrens.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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“Both (Self-Portrait While Shaving),” circa 1999, gelatin silver prints.

Photo courtesy of VoxPhotographs and Portland Museum of Art/© David Brooks Stess

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Susan Danly, exhibit curator

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"BLUEBERRY RAKERS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAVID BROOKS STESS"

WHEN: Saturday through May 19

WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

HOW MUCH: $12; $10 for seniors and students with ID; $6 for ages 13 to 17; free for ages 12 and younger; free for all after 5 p.m. Fridays

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

INFO: 775-6148; portlandmuseum.org

 

Stess feels honored that his show was Danly's farewell at the PMA.

"She's great. She's a real pro," he said. "I'm really honored, because I have such respect for her. She has really believed in the show, and I am grateful she has chosen to go out with my show. That is something that will be important to me for the rest of my life."

Danly said her work on the Stess exhibition embodies everything she loves about being a curator. She came to Maine for the first time in the late 1960s to work on Monhegan island, and was struck by the mingling of artists and laborers.

Danly was a history major, but her Monhegan summer led to her interest in art. She ended up getting an art history degree, and eventually a series of job in the arts. She arrived at the PMA a little more than a decade ago, and called it a dream job.

Danly, who is in the process of moving from Gorham to Portland with her husband, plans to continue working as a freelance curator, and is on board for the summer 2014 show at the Monhegan Museum.

"Working at the Portland museum was the icing on the curatorial cake," she said. "It offered such a wonderful opportunity to meet artists. I loved making studio visits, and very much enjoyed my time at the museum.

"I'm looking forward to enjoying the shows the museum puts on just as a regular visitor does."

 

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Additional Photos

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“Javier and Family,” circa 2002, gelatin silver print.

Photo courtesy of VoxPhotographs and Portland Museum of Art/© David Brooks Stess

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“Light and Fog,” circa 1998, gelatin silver print.

Photo courtesy of VoxPhotographs and Portland Museum of Art/© David Brooks Stess

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"Potluck," circa 2009, gelatin silver print.

Photo courtesy of VoxPhotographs and Portland Museum of Art/© David Brooks Stess

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“Joshua,” circa 1996, gelatin silver print.

Photo courtesy of VoxPhotographs and Portland Museum of Art/© David Brooks Stess

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“Quinn,” circa 1999, gelatin silver print.

Photo courtesy of VoxPhotographs and Portland Museum of Art/© David Brooks Stess

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“Hangers On,” circa 2007, gelatin silver print.

Photo courtesy of VoxPhotographs and Portland Museum of Art/© David Brooks Stess



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