Maine Traditional Film Photographers and the Kennebec Valley Art Association invite photographers to participate in an exhibition honoring the late American iconic folk musician and artist Woody Guthrie, whose centennial will be observed on July 12. The exhibition “This Land is Your Land: Photographic Works Inspired by an American Legend” will take place at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., in November.

Guthrie was all about the common folk, hence the community open call for photographic artists. He was not only a prolific singer/songwriter with 3,000 works to his credit but also a visual artist and writer. Each participant will create a photographic interpretation of any one of the more than 300 published Guthrie songs. The photographic works will reflect the individual photographer’s interpretation of Guthrie’s lyrics in contemporary life, which may be expressed in black and white photographic portraiture; landscapes; still life and abstracts; etc.

This opportunity is open to any Maine photographer working in black and white film photography — digital photography is not eligible. High school and college age photographers are encouraged to participate. Interested photographers must complete and submit an Intent to Participate application and submit it to the Harlow Gallery on or before May 31 with an application fee as follows: $5 for students; $10 for members of the KVAA or METFP; $15 all others.

This is not a juried show— every photographer applying will have their work included in the exhibition. For the Intent to Participate form and complete details on participating in the exhibition (including links to source material on Guthrie), visit the Harlow Gallery website at; send email to; or call 622-3813.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or