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Dave Harp Retrospective

August 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Forty years of images by documentary photographer David W. Harp will be on display August 5 through September 25 at the Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. “Where Land and Water Meet: The Chesapeake Bay Photography of David W. Harp” is on loan from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where the exhibition premiered in 2020 as well as in a virtual format. The virtual format can be accessed at https://wherelandandwatermeet.org/home.

Dave’s inspiration comes from exploring literal and figurative edges: shorelines, communities, habitats, and traditional worklife where culture and nature connect, creating the essence of what defines the Chesapeake. From dozens of black and white Tri-X film shots of legendary skipjacks, including Rebecca T. Ruark and intimate portraits of captains and crew, to Kodachrome and Fujichrome images capturing marsh guts, waterfowl, and watermen at work, to more contemporary digital images documenting changing landscapes and lifestyles, Dave’s body of work represents a career spent immersed in the natural world, perfecting the art of observation.

“Dave Harp has a long and varied career, and his naturalist’s eye provides an unparalleled perspective on the interdependence of communities, land and water along the Chesapeake,” said Jenifer Dolde, Associate Curator of Collections. “His passion for the environment continually draws him to explore the Bay’s rivers, marshes and guts by kayak, on foot and by air, always revealing them in new ways.”

Where Land and Water Meet was originally presented thanks to the generous contributions of Diamond Sponsor Caroline Gabel; Platinum Sponsors Sandy & Omer Brown and H. Turney McKnight; Gold Sponsors Emma & Cullen Bailine and Finn & Jackson Falk, Meta & Billy Boyd, David M. Brown, Dorie and Jeff McGuiness, and The Bay Journal; and Silver Sponsors Posey & Bill Boicourt.

Where Land and Water Meet will run August 5 through September 25. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. The Second Saturday Artist Reception will be held at DCA on August 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include a talk with Dave Harp and CBMM curatorial staff, plus live music, and light refreshments. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information about programs and events at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, stop by 321 High Street, call 410-228-7782 or visit online at www.dorchesterarts.org. Find DCA on Facebook. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.


August 13
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Dorchester Center for the Arts
321 High Street
Cambridge, 21613 United States
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