Jennifer Steen Booher during one part of her Coastal Walk Project. PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE SOULES

Booher gets Kindling grant



BAR HARBOR — Jennifer Booher of Bar Harbor is one of the recipients of a 2017 Kindling Fund grant for her ongoing project, The Coast Walk.

The Coast Walk is a methodical, long-term exploration of Mount Desert Island’s shoreline. Booher circumambulates the island, interviewing biologists, national park staff, land owners, fishermen, historians and other stakeholders as she goes. She writes a photo essay blog and composes still life photographs as a means of communicating the experience to her audience. The process of gathering information is central to the work, as is the artist’s physical presence on the shore. Booher began walking on January 1, 2015. The journey will cover roughly 120 miles, and is expected to take six years to complete.

The Kindling Fund, which is administered by SPACE Gallery in Portland, is one of 10 nationwide regranting programs established by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. SPACE has awarded a total of $65,178.50 to 14 independent, artist-organized projects. Information about each of the awarded artists and projects is at kindlingfund.org/projects.

An awards reception celebrating the new grantees as well as last year’s funded artists will be held at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5:30-7 p.m.

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