By Ramona du Houx
Gallery Venn + Maker is hosting a fundraiser for Portland photographer Stretch Tuemmier, during this First Friday’s Art Walk, December 1st.
Venn + Maker is located at 65 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME 04101. During the night there will be a silent auction of donated art works. Free wine, beer, and refreshments will be served.
Stretch has been a prominent figure in Portland since the 80's and resides in Yarmouth with his lovely wife, Jenny, children and three beautiful dogs. No matter where Stretch goes he’s always involved in his community. But cancer can hit anyone at anytime. Unfortunately his has spread through his lymph system and the medical expenses have skyrocketed.
“We are raising money to help Stretch out with his medical bills. It’s the time of year for giving, and what better way to give but to a dear colleague and friend who has touched so many of us through his work and presence,” said Shannon Thibodeau of Venn + Maker.
Most Portlanders would recognize his distinctive photographic style if they were shown some of his images. He’s one of a handful of very successful photographers in the city.
“He’s one of the most caring, loving and devoted people that I know. He was the first photographer when I moved to Portland to "throw me a bone" and really help me get my career going,” said Thibodeau. “Through his help I was able to connect with some of the most prominent people in the industry here.”
His passions are many, first and foremost is his love of food photography. He also enjoys sailing on his beautifully kept wooden boat.
More about Gallery Venn + Maker:
The name incorporates decision-making and hand made skills: Venn is for the creator of the Venn diagram, John Venn (Englishman, Yorkshireman, 1834 – 1923); Maker is a tribute to our skilled artisans, friends and colleagues.
“We design, test and use all of our products and continuously seek the best. Our goal is to stock the useful, the long-lived, the well made, the beautiful; whether an axe or a shawl or a mug or a table.”