Historic New England presents A Gateless Garden in South Berwick
South Berwick, Maine - A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers is on display at the Sarah Orne Jewett Visitor Center January 16 through May 22, 2016.
The exhibition, edited by Dr. Liza Bakewell, director of Maine Women Write, pairs quotations from published works by Maine women writers with black and white images by photographer Kerry Michaels. The photos tell a story and, when paired with quotes, celebrate the essence of place, women’s lives, and the singular world that is Maine.
Maine has been home to great women authors who have influenced the outcome of the Civil War, mobilized women’s political and domestic rights, and powered the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Upsetting the status quo again and again, many of them have made this world a better place. Most of the women writers represented in A Gateless Garden, including Sarah Orne Jewett and Kate Barnes, lived in Maine for their entire lives.
Others passed through or settled in Maine from elsewhere. Louise Bogan’s Maine childhood seeded her poetry and feminism of later years. May Sarton retired to Maine, where she wrote some of her most celebrated works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Louise Dickinson Rich moved to Maine as an adult, developed a passion for the land, and began a distinguished career as a writer of novels, autobiographies, and history.
A common theme emerges among all writers in the exhibition and in the book that accompanies it: for over two hundred years, Maine has inspired women to write. A book, A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers, accompanies the exhibition.