Joe Devenney in the Center Gallery

The Center for Maine Crafts presents an exhibition of photography by Joe Devenney of Jefferson, Maine. Joe’s “simple compositions with bright colors” are inspired in part by his study of early 20th century painting. He is drawn to the coastal Maine landscape and looks for bold features of rock and water, though any interesting concept might grab his attention, including a motion or a shape in the sky. Any time of day, with any type of weather is appealing to the artist; form, color and drama of the location inspire his imagination.


Joe Devenney was born in Philadelphia, PA and began taking photographs in the late 60s. In 1976, he moved to Maine to establish a retail and wholesale pottery studio with his wife, Mary. He continued taking photographs even as the pottery business grew into full-time production. In 1979, Joe became a member of the New York agency The Image Bank, and began his free-lance photography career in 1983. He completed editorial, travel, destination and feature articles for numerous publications; assignments led him from Kittery to Bay St Lawrence, Nova Scotia, while personal travel and stock photography work covered North America from Alaska to Tortola. His photographs have been published throughout the US and around the world, and fine art prints have been shown extensively in galleries and exhibitions.

Joe and his wife Mary have recently begun production of their porcelain work again. Their work is primarily wheel thrown and hand built, and is sold throughout Maine.