WALDOBORO — The Waldo Theatre will host a book signing with Liz McGregor and photo exhibit in The Waldo Gallery on Thursday, November 11, from 5 - 7 p.m.
Portrait of Patagonia - Futaleufú, Chile is a collaboration by Liz McGregor and Alex Nicks. The exhibition is opening just a month after the book was first published on October 1.
Portrait of Patagonia - Futaleufú, Chile is a 194 page, full color photography book that pays homage to a small town in Chilean Patagonia that both McGregor and Nicks consider to be their second home.
“Featuring cultural, adventure and landscape photography, Portrait of Patagonia - Futaleufú, Chile captures the essence of Chilean Patagonia by sharing the traditions, the culture and the history of this special spot in the far south of Chile as well as the adventure and pristine nature found there,” said The Waldo, in a news release.
The book also touches on history, environmental stewardship and personal stories.
The photography that will be on display in the Waldo Gallery will be all original prints of the images from the book. The gallery walls will be hung with 42 images of life in the Futaleufú River Valley including those of vast, serene landscapes, traditional culture and intimate portrait photography.
Both Liz McGregor and Alex Nicks have spent many years in the far south of Chile.
McGregor, a filmmaker who is based in Newcastle who currently serves as the vice president of the Waldo Board of Directors, first traveled to Chile as a college student on a three month semester in Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School. The experience had such an impact on her that it became the starting point for a lifelong interest in and love of Chilean Patagonia.
Nicks first came to Futaleufú for the river. As an expert kayaker and Producer of legendary whitewater videos, he was lured by the legendary whitewater that the Futaleufú is known for. Eventually, he developed the skills of videography and photography on jaunts around the globe capturing beautiful images while working for organizations such as National Geographic. They both view this project as a love letter to the place and the people that live there.
The photo exhibit will be on view Wednesday afternoons from 4 -7 p.m., through December 8. (November 17, November 24, December 1 and December 8)
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the framed photos will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Waldo Theatre.
Visitors to The Waldo are required to wear masks and present proof of vaccination. For more information, visit waldotheatre.org.
ABOUT THE WALDO THEATRE:
The Waldo Theatre is a non-profit community focused performing arts center in Waldoboro, Maine. Once a beloved and successful venue for live community theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment that contributed to the cultural and economic vitality of Waldoboro’s downtown, the theatre closed its doors in 2014. The building fell into a state of disrepair and, in 2017, was placed on Maine’s List of Most Endangered Historic Places. Area residents came together to create a new board and chart a new way forward and, after eight years, The Waldo has reopened. In the past year, The Waldo's focus has been on strengthening the organization’s capacity, stabilizing the building, assessing restoration needs, developing a strategic plan, and preparing for a capital campaign.