LEWISTONâ€“ Museum L-A announces the opening reception for Portraits & Voices exhibit series with Shoemaking Skills of Generations from 4-6 p.m. Saturday,Â Sept. 25. The museumâ€™s galleries will be open free of charge at its Bates Mill Complex location. The exhibit celebrates Lewiston and Auburnâ€™s rich history and present-day legacy in shoemaking.
Visitors will be greeted by a photo collage titled â€śThe Many Faces of Shoemakingâ€ť featuring workers in Lewiston-Auburnâ€™s shoe industry both past and present. The photo wall will continue to grow throughout this year-long exhibit with photos being taken of shoeworkers during the opening reception.
The main exhibit hall features 52 framed portraits of shoeworkers and their paired oral histories. Oral histories recorded by oral historian Andrea Lâ€™Hommedieu and portraits taken by documentary photographer Mark Silber, Ph.D. richly explore the stories of the people who helped put Auburn â€śon the mapâ€ť as one of the largest producers of shoes in the nation at one time. These people built an industry that continues to produce world-famous shoes today.
Visitors can tour and leave their lasting legacy on this year-long exhibit by purchasing a shoe last with inscribed tag that will become part of one of the art installations. The cost of a shoe last is $50 with all proceeds going to fund exhibit-related programs and workshops.
The exhibit is funded through sponsorships from: Ted Johanson and Pat Lundholm, former owners of Falcon Shoe; New Balance Athletic Shoe, still producing shoes today in Norway, Maine and throughout the United States; Lamey Wellehan, still fitting quality shoes today throughout Maine; Rancourt & Company Shoecrafters, artisans still producing fine fancy-stitched shoes today; and with the support of more than 150 community members and shoeworkers. Additional grant funding was provided from the USDA, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Community Foundation, and the Maine Humanities Council.
Museum L-A is located at 35 Canal Street, Bates Mill Complex, at the corner of Canal and Chestnut streets and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the Museum at 207-333-3881.
Contact Name: Susan Beane
Telephone Number: (207)333-3881