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Painterly “Points of View”

On Thursday, July 30th, Spruce Point Inn hosts the “Points of View Art Auction” to benefit Boothbay Region Land Trust. The notice in the July issue of Maine magazine (one of the event sponsors) is an evocative photograph of white seagulls against a purple-blue sky. Indeed, their points of view have the aerial advantage that comes from height. They look down. We look up. And something changes.

Looking at the world from a different perspective, at a different angle, through another lens is what Maine gives its guests and its inhabitants. It’s why traveling to the places the Wyeths frequented – by water or in the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Center in Rockland — can evoke not just the paintings but the sensibilities that moved them to try to share their views on canvas. It’s the certain kind of light that painters from Ogunquit to Monhegan embrace. It’s why Maine masters like painter Marsden Hartley took (the “Points of View” exhibit of contemporary Maine photographers joins one of Hartley’s work at Bates College Museum of Art this summer) . Why the Maine Art Trail museums are presenting a “Director’s Cut” exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art. It’s the element that provokes the viewfinder in us all.

In honor of the auction and its beneficiary whose trails and private vistas are an “all yours” treasure preserved, we share a note from David Marx, professional photographer who leads photography workshops from Spruce Point Inn each September. Even though this year’s workshop is sold out, David’s tips on equipment help bring Boothbay and the Midcoast into focus. From the smallest detail on the craggy Pemaquid, to the glistening blueberries on the stand at the roadside, to the rising mists of morning, photography teaches how to look at things, how to see what’s there, how to envision what will be revealed.

Sounds like good advice for living. Points of view, indeed.