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Picturing Waterville, Photography & Migration: Waterville Stories, and Snap

May 24, 2017July 1, 2017


Picturing Waterville

The City of Waterville has recently undertaken initiatives to reimagine its streetscape, its downtown, and its economy and is on the verge of major changes that will significantly alter the downtown landscape. In this exhibition, Common Street Arts has brought together the photographs of Gary Green, Associate Professor Art at Colby College, with a collection of documentary and vernacular images of Waterville taken during the years 1890 through 2017. This combined presentation offers a range of perspectives on Waterville’s past and its recent transformation, pointing to a hopeful future. Picturing Waterville invites the viewer to consider the impact, challenges, and opportunities presented by a changing Waterville. It also provides space for reflection on Waterville’s history, current changes underway, and emerging possibilities for the future.

Photography & Migration: Waterville Stories

The Photography and Migration Project presents a selection of video narratives and photographs representing the history of Waterville. The videos displayed in the gallery were recorded at a community event at the Waterville Public Library on April 22, 2017 where area residents shared their family photos and migration stories. Community members of all ages talk about their family’s arrival in Maine, their cultural heritage, and the role that photographs play in preserving it. The large photographs in the gallery are reproductions of vintage Waterville portraits and street scenes. They belong to several historical photography collections recently donated to Special Collections, Colby College Libraries.


“snap” is an ongoing, interactive, community photography project, designed in conjunction with the Picturing Waterville exhibition. Common Street Arts invites community members to submit snapshots of Waterville that capture a personal and meaningful connection for the viewer-whether a landscape, building, streetscape, landmark, or other setting within Waterville. These images will be shared with the community through social media and on a dedicated wall within the Picturing Waterville exhibition. Common Street Arts will host a “snap”  Facebook page to share submissions and create a continuous dialogue between participants, the exhibition, and Waterville community. The goal of this interactive project is to highlight a broad range of visual perspectives while honoring the unique perspective that each member of the community brings to our shared and changing environment.

Picturing Waterville and associated programming will be held at Common Street Arts May 24 – July 1. For gallery hours and more information on the exhibitions, visit the Common Street Arts website!


May 24, 2017
July 1, 2017


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