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Domestic abuse multi-media project begins tour

May 17, 2019
“Finding Our Voices” is now 21 women strong. The newest survivor participant is Olivia from Vinalhaven.

CASTINE — “Finding Our Voices,” Patrisha McLean’s multi-media project about women breaking the silence over the domestic abuse in their lives, opens in Castine on Thursday May 23, with a reception with the artist and other survivors featured in the show on Sunday, May 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibit at the Annex Arts gallery, 8 Water St., will feature 15 large color portraits of women survivors of domestic abuse of all ages and from all walks of life and all over Maine, plus their stories in their own voices. The gallery is open every day from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. and the show runs through May 30.

McLean said the Castine location is particularly meaningful to her since she had a home there for the 25 years of her marriage, and Ellsworth is where the court hearing will be held on June 5 for the extension for her Protection From Abuse order against her ex-husband. She divorced him three years ago, following his arrest for domestic abuse.

The Castine show is the second stop on a “Finding Our Voices” tour booked into 2020 that includes summer events on North Haven, Vinalhaven, Islesboro and CMCA in Rockland, and a three-month exhibit opening mid-September at the Human Rights and Holocaust Museum in Augusta.

The full “Finding Our Voices” touring schedule and more information about the project can be found at

Sponsors of the exhibit are the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Deborah Pulliam foundation from Castine.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Robert M Rosenberg | May 18, 2019 07:21

Quite powerful and heart wrenching. Makes you aware That domestic abuse occurs across all walks of life.

Posted by: Ananur Forma | May 17, 2019 17:31

That's great.

I hope the presentation will go on tour across the entire country.

*I'm sure that the good strong, balanced,nurturing men living in integrity

will be supportive. They seem to wonder what to do to be helpful.

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