The Center for Maine Craft gallery presents #babyanimals, an exhibition of photographs and stories by MCA member photographers Peg Becksvoort, Lori Davis, Anita Mueller, Mark Picard and Roger Stevens.

Peg Becksvoort/Juniper Ledge Designs

Peg Becksvoort’s interest in photography began with an old Kodak Hawkeye camera and progressed to a Brownie and then an Anscomatic that she purchased with Green Stamps. The legend of the cameras continued with her tour of duty in VietNam where she purchased a Pentax Spotmatic and learned to use a darkroom. Stateside again, she took photo courses to further expand her darkroom knowledge, and taught darkroom techniques before moving to Maine in 1975. Photography stood still for Becksvoort during the early days of digital creativity – that is, until she was given a small Canon pocket camera. From that time her interest surged and has progressed to the point where she again teaches photography, this time in a middle school, and is relearning how to use a camera to see. She likes to photograph sheep, her grandson, flowers, and the world around her. In addition to the Center exhibition, Becksvoort’s work can be viewed at the Shaker Community in New Gloucester, ME.

Lori Davis

Lori Davis Photography
When she was only nine, Lori’s family began their volunteer work in wildlife rehabilitation. Realizing her wildlife interactions were unique, she felt the need to document these experiences, not only as memories, but also as a way to share such amazing moments with others. To do this, she picked up a camera, unaware how much it would impact her life.  Lori’s craft has taken her cross-country on a number of ventures, capturing spectacular landscapes and incredible wildlife interactions along the way.   She finds her career to be incredibly rewarding, as she is able to experience these wonderful moments first hand. Her photography brings continued rewards, as she sees the reactions when sharing her images with others upon her return.

Lori’s collection of images includes photographs from Alaska, the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Canadian Rockies, Florida and much of New England. Now settled near Ellsworth, Maine, Lori thrives in a photographer’s paradise constantly adding Maine images to her collection: moose, puffins, loons, eagles, coastal scenes, lighthouses, Acadia National Park and so much more. Working out of a studio in her home, Lori offers professional Giclée printed photographs of her images in a variety of sizes and price ranges, matted or framed, as fine art canvas gallery wraps, prints on metal and even as photo note cards.   Her work is available for purchase online, or through shops & galleries throughout Maine. Lori hopes her images will inspire and educate her audience about the fragile natural world that surrounds us. And remind them… to slow down and enjoy the simple gifts that Mother Nature has provided.

Mark Picard and Anita Mueller

Mark Picard Photography
From Maine’s North Woods to its rocky coast, Mark Picard and Anita Mueller photograph the spectacular vistas and amazing wildlife that have attracted artists, visitors, and vacationers to Maine for more than a century. Mark is best known for his iconic images of Maine wildlife and Mt. Katahdin. His images have appeared in numerous national and international publications including Audubon, Birder’s World, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, Northern Woodlands, Ranger Rick, Sierra Club, Vermont Magazine, Wild Bird, Yankee and others.

Anita specializes in Birds of Maine but loves photographing all things wild. During peak viewing season Anita leads personalized guided photographic tours of the Katahdin Region of Maine including group workshops and one-on-one instruction. Together they own and operate Moose Prints Gallery in Millinocket, ME, which offers a wide selection of their regional landscape and wildlife images along with three-dimensional art and gifts by featured artisans.

Roger Stevens/Maine Focus Photography

Maine Focus Photography
Roger L. Stevens, Jr.  left a 21-year career at Lincoln Pulp and Paper Mill in 1998 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional photographer. He and and his wife Julie formed Maine Focus Photography in Lincoln, ME, and Roger’s love of nature has taken him on photo shoots all over New England. When he isn’t exhibiting at craft shows and galleries, he spends hours afield studying and learning about animals and their habits. Through J.S. McCarthy Printing (Augusta, ME) he has published seven books illustrated with photographs of his animal subjects, and through Julie’s prompting has created  a visiting author program in Maine schools, where he has spoken to hundreds of students about his love for photography, animals and writing. He has won numerous wildlife art awards, has been published in national magazines, books and brochures, and in 2001 was named Maine Artist of the Month for March by the Maine State Senate. He is a member of many art organizations and has served on the Board of the United Maine Craftsmen. Roger hopes to never retire, but instead be off in the field, searching for his next exciting subject to film or book to publish.