Journey of self, and Balkan, discovery

Jun 30, 2018
Photo by: Courtney Anne Porter “Lovcen, Cetinje, Montenegro” is a 2014 photograph by Courtney Anne Porter printed on metal.

Belfast — “Leap of Faith,” a photo exhibit by Courtney Anne Porter, will be on display in the Kramer Gallery of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., for the month of July. The exhibit is based on her two-and-a-half year journey through the former Yugoslavian states and Montenegro.

On Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m., Porter will give an illustrated talk about her experiences. Attendees are invited to come at 6 p.m. to view the show before the talk.

In 2013, Porter’s husband Pete, an officer in the Maine National Guard, told her he was going to be assigned for two years at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica, Montenegro. Courtney did not know what lay ahead or how her life would change.

This exhibition is a discovery of the former Yugoslavian states and of the artist’s personal self-discovery as she traveled through Montenegro and its environs. Her images capture the strength and beauty of a region as it recovers from a devastating civil war.

Porter is best known as a dancer and choreographer, having choreographed ballroom dance pieces with a contemporary flair for more than a decade. She also is a talented multimedia artist who has worked in fiber arts, large mural painting and photography.

For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

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

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