By Dana Baldwin
Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation
“The sun will not rise or set without my notice and thanks. ” —Winslow Homer
This summer the PMA launches the inaugural series of a biennial program, Cannon Rock Sessions. Cannon Rock Sessions are inspired by the Winslow Homer’s work, his Studio at Prouts Neck, and by Maine’s landscape and coastline. This innovative program received its title from a distinctive site, Cannon Rock, immortalized by Homer in an 1895 painting. The landmark, shaped like a cannon, is distinctly visible from the Cliff Walk near the Studio.
Cannon Rock Sessions focus on a common theme and invite two acclaimed intellects together for a five-day residency that will include a series of conversations and interactions with small community groups. The residency concludes with a public dialogue between the visiting minds on Thursday, August 1 at the PMA.
The 2013 Cannon Rock Sessions focus on the theme “weather,” a topic that had direct influence on Winslow Homer, but also affects us all, every day. Weather is a subject that can be poetic and inspirational, or it can imply broader contemporary themes such as climate and energy. Our first two visiting minds, Maine-based artist Anna Hepler and Gulf of Maine Research Institute president and CEO Don Perkins, will contemplate and discuss the topic during their residency at the Black Point Inn. To fuel the conversation PMA will orchestrate three sessions in three days. Writer Sara Corbett, Adam Burk of TedxDirigo, and Derek Pierce principal of Casco Bay High School in Portland, will each facilitate a session. Additional participants in the sessions include area artists, climate specialists, data visualization specialists, high school science and art teachers, writers, and a tattoo artist among others.
Cannon Rock Sessions are meant to ignite further conversation among the participants, and to enrich the visiting minds thinking around the topic of weather. At the conclusion of the residence, the conversation opens up to the public at the Summer Dialogue in the PMA’s Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. Anna Hepler and Don Perkins will talk about their experience during the sessions and how their thinking about the topic of weather has shifted as a result of their participation.
The PMA is proud to be the steward of the Winslow Homer Studio at such an incredible site as Prouts Neck. Cannon Rock Sessions are designed to create dynamic dialogue across disciplines, people and organizations and then culminates in a public event. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this progressive program!
Cannon Rock Sessions is supported by the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Winslow Homer Studio programming is supported by the Lunder Homer Education Endowment.