WESTOVER — The new building housing the photography and art entries at the Harmony Grange Fair received a lot of interest Tuesday evening.

The building, which was formerly the home to the overflow of crafters and vendors who set up to sell their wares during fair week, was expanded and upgraded earlier this year to serve as the permanent location for the department.

The fair received a COVID-19 grant from the Clearfield County Commissioners last year and used those funds to refurbish various areas of the fairgrounds to provide a better experience for fair visitors.

Department Chairwoman Renea Goss and Assistant Melanie Rorabaugh said the expanded space provides a more preferable viewing option for visitors and additional room to grow the amount of entries the department receives.

Previously, entries for the photography and art department were displayed on a wall in the grange hall. Goss said the placement was less

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If you want to take good photos, you first need to understand how a camera actually works. That’s the approach Cullman High School art and photography teacher Elizabeth Miller is taking with her students, as they learn the fundaments of photography from the ground up.

Cullman High offers three photography classes across the high school grade level as a fine arts elective, building on the fundaments of photography and training students to hone their craft and create their own portfolios by the time they graduate.

Students start by learning the history of photography and researching famous photographers — and are even tasked with building their own camera obscura to learn about how images translate. Students will also learn how to edit photos, and the basics of composition.

“Many people don’t know how intertwined art and photography are. If it wasn’t for the drawing tool invention, the camera obscura, we would

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Serving ‘Black Coffee’

Freeport Players presents “Black Coffee” by Agatha Christie, through Sept. 26, at Freeport Performing Arts Center. A murder mystery with dashes of comedy and romance, promoters say Christie’s play creates a superb theater experience. Contributed / Freeport Players

Exhibits/Galleries

“The Advent of Green Acre, A Bahá’í Center of Learning: Selections from the Eliot Bahá’í Archives,” Maine Historical Society, Congress Street, Portland, through Oct. 2, mainememory.net.

“Alison Goodwin: Tradition and Generation,” through Oct. 2, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland. greenhutgalleries.com.

Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, eight works of 8-by-8-inch art by eight artists, through Sept. 29.

“The Color of Light,” Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport, 40 Main St., work by 40 Maine artists, through Oct. 17, freeportartsandculture.org.

“From a Woman’s Perspective,” Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Portland, through September, richardboydpottery.com.

Maine Craft Weekend, statewide tour of

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