“The Alluring and Enduring Maine Coast,” an exhibition of historic photography mounted in conjunction with the Maine Photo Project, will open Friday, June 26, at the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery at the Island Institute, 386 Main St.

The public is invited to attend a 4 p.m. talk by Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Searsport’s Penobscot Marine Museum, who demonstrate how to unravel the stories in an historic image using the clues found within the image. The opening reception will run from 5 to 8 p.m., with food and wine.

This exhibition will highlight historic island, coastal and working waterfront images curated by Lisa Mossel Vietze and Johnson, using the museum’s vast collections in its photography archives.  Images will be of familiar places, filled with characters and neighbors, offering stories of our past along Maine’s beautiful and enduring coast.

“The Alluring and Enduring Maine Coast” will continue through Aug. 9. The Maine Photo Project is organized and supported by the institutions of the Maine Curators’ Forum and is generously sponsored by Bates College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art and Colby College Museum of Art, with fiscal management provided by the Maine Historical Society.

For more information on the Maine Photo Project, visit mainephotoproject.org. For more information about the Archipelago show, visit islandinstitute.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.