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Donald is perhaps best known for his amazing lighthouse photographs. These capture the quintessential feature of the Maine coastline – silent yet majestic beacons among the rocks. While these photographs grace his prints and calendars, these can now be found on his elegant postcard collections. These postcards can be used not just as notelets but as invitations and thank you cards!

The lighthouses shown here are the Portland Head Light on Cape Elizabeth and the Nubble Light on Cape Neddick. Portland Head Light, built in 1791, is the state’s oldest lighthouse.

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After barely escaping the tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, Donald Verger was compelled to donate over 25,000 postcards to bring peace to the people of Joplin. Since then, his urge to bring peace to people has grown.

Don wants not only Joplin residents to recover, but he longs to bring peace and healing to people all over the world. His images in hospitals (Mercy hospital to name one) are soft and quiet, with what others describe as a “healing” quality. His recent Joplin Art Project and his new website sparked a new idea to offer his images to hospitals and nonprofits all over the world. His new website offers an excellent way to buy and share images with people and companies in other countries.

If any hospital or nonprofit organization is interested in obtaining one of Donald Verger’s healing images, please contact him at info@donaldverger.com with your company/hospital’s name and reason why you should receive a print. You will receive a coupon code that you can use on Verger’s website after you choose an image. All you pay is the printing cost (you save 90%!)

Please help Donald Verger spread peace across the world today with beautiful, remedial images.

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Click to read about Verger’s work at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.

He was also recently featured on AndreaBrand.com

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 See Don’s website here. Learn more about the Joplin Art Project. Watch Don’s interview on WGME. Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster. View Don’s Google profile. Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald. Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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Donald Verger’s 2012 Flower Poster Calendar is on SALE! Take advantage of this deal while it lasts (until July 31).

5×7 desk calendar: $15  $9.95

11×14 poster calendar: $28 $19.95

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 See Don’s website here. Learn more about the Joplin Art Project. Watch Don’s interview on WGME. Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster. View Don’s Google profile. Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald. Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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Darleen: How did you hear about what happened in Joplin? What was your response?

Crystal: I don’t have much time for TV and catch most of my news online or from family and friends. I remember hearing about a tornado in Missouri last month. However, I didn’t realize the level of destruction. I was more informed recently via Donald Verger’s Facebook account.

When did you decide to donate?

When I was reading about the Joplin Art Project via Donald Verger’s tweeted links on Twitter. I was deeply moved and my heart ached for those children and their families affected by the tornado. It wasn’t a question of whether or not I was going to give when I read what Donald was doing. It was an automatic yes. I love children and if I can provide reading material they will enjoy that can transport them to a magical place during a tragic time, I am going to do so! If my family were in the same situation and it was my daughter’s school that was affected, I would want someone to do the same for her.

What are you donating, specifically?

The school system in Joplin was drastically affected by the tornado and they are in great need. I am donating 30 signed copies of my book BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale to an elementary school in Joplin. I am sending them along with a postcard from the person who inspired me to do so, Donald Verger.

How do you think students at the Joplin schools will benefit from your donation?

I hope to encourage and inspire the children. An author many, many miles away from them cares about them. Perhaps my book can provide a little escape from their everyday stresses and hopefully create a lasting memory of hope.

Have you ever done anything like this before?

I have donated single books to schools, but never this amount of books to one school. I am a giver by nature and I have donated to other worthy causes. Someday, I believe to give on the level that Donald Verger does.

How did Donald Verger’s Joplin Art Project inspire you? What are your thoughts about the project?

Donald’s Joplin Art Project is an amazing project. It isn’t everyday that a super busy, talented, world famous photographer takes time out of his extremely busy schedule to give back. Donald Verger created a series of postcards that inspire peace and hope and is sending 25,000 of them to Joplin survivors. He has an open invitation to other artists and individuals to join the Joplin Art Project by using their creative talents to help support the people of Joplin. I thought this is right up my alley. I am a children’s book author and Joplin schools are in need of books.

How would you encourage other artists to participate?

I would ask them to look deep within themselves and ask this question. If it was your child, your family, your loved ones, your hometown, you, would you want someone to lend a helping hand? If the answer is yes, then ask yourself what it is that you could to for Joplin and remember anything helps.

Is there anything else you would like to say or add?

Thank you for providing a way for me to give on a level that I am able presently. It means so much to me to be able to help out. I pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding for Joplin’s residents.

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 See Don’s website here. Learn more about the Joplin Art Project. Watch Don’s interview on WGME. Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster. View Don’s Google profile. Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald. Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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Donald Verger began the Joplin Art Project with the desire to help Joplin’s tornado victims the best way he could—through his art. He didn’t have any idea that he would inspire other artists from around the country to join in his effort and bring peace to affect residents. Children’s book author Crystal Marcos, from Washington State, is donating some of her own books to a Joplin elementary school because of Don’s influence.

With help from Don, Crystal will send 30 copies of her book, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale to an elementary classroom.

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 See Don’s website here. Learn more about the Joplin Art Project. Watch Don’s interview on WGME. Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster. View Don’s Google profile. Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald. Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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The Joplin Art Project is underway! Don already sent thousands of his “Peace & Hope for Joplin” postcards to Joplin Schools, the American Red Cross and St. John’s Hospital.

And now he is sending thousands more to Ozark Center, Freeman Health Systems in Joplin. The marketing assistant spoke with the director and decided that the best way to use Don’s beautiful postcards would be to sell them—the proceeds will go towards their employee disaster relief fund. The tornado affect over 400 employees, according to the marketing assistant.

Don is pleased that he can help and is aware of the great service they are doing helping people heal.
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 See Don’s website here. Learn more about the Joplin Art Project. Watch Don’s interview on WGME. Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster. View Don’s Google profile. Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald. Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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The new website for Joplin Art Project has launched, along with its new Twitter! Make sure you check it out and leave your comments.

Don has already brought a little peace to the people of Joplin through this project. Let him know if he has brought you peace by posting a comment on his Facebook page. He would love to hear what you think!

The Joplin Art Project is doing exciting things—stay tuned for more updates! Fellow artists wanting to contribute are encouraged to stop by the website and leave their thoughts and ideas.

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 See Don’s website here. Learn more about the Joplin Art Project. Watch Don’s interview on WGME. Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster. View Don’s Google profile. Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald. Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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Hi, this is Darleen blogging for Donald Verger.

After nearly perishing in the Joplin tornado, Don decided to give back by donating postcards as part of the Joplin Art Project. The Joplin Globe, as well as other publications, mentioned his recover efforts.

One of his “Peace & Hope for Joplin” postcards appeared recently in Time Square, as you can see below.

Stay tuned for more updates with the project. If you would like to help, e-mail Don at info@donaldverger.com

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See Don’s website here. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.
Learn more about the Joplin Art Project.
Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster.
View Don’s Google profile.
Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald.
Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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Hi there from Donald’s assistant, Anne. Thought you’d like to see and read what Don’s been up to lately.

We’re fresh from an interview with calendars.com- Don will be featured in their blog about special calendars they offer. We’re so happy to have Don’s 2011 Fine Art Poster Calendar available through such a well renowned website where many beautiful calendars are available- and now they’ve decided to add the Nubble Light calendar to their repertoire as well.

Don has been busy taking roadtrips and new photographs. He was in Acadia last week and at present is in western Vermont. He’s been taking advantage of peak foliage time and the beautiful mild weather we’ve been having. Here’s a new photo for you to enjoy, taken at Frenchmans Bay in Acadia National Park, “Frenchmans Bay at Dawn.”

He’s already thinking about the 2012 Calendar season, and is planning an all-Acadia National Park calendar and assembling botanical photographs for an all flower calendar.

If you love Donald Verger’s photography, and can think of a themed calendar from his collection, let us know! If there’s a gallery in your town where you think Don’s 2011Poster Calendars should be available, we’re all ears.

Frenchmans Bay, Acadia copyright Donald Verger 2010

Frenchmans Bay at Sunrise

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Donald Verger to be at Art in the Garden with his Nature Photography Calendars!

Donald Verger Nature Photography Poster Calendars Available!

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HI there from Don’s assistant, Annie B.

In good news Don’s calendar is searching well on both Google and Amazon, meaning the world is finding him. If you go to Amazon now and type in, “photography calendars” or “2011 calendars” he’s in the top results. You could also click here to see his listings on Amazon. Also, if you have an opinion about his photography, he’d be so grateful if you’d write a review on Amazon. Every review counts, and your words could mean another sale and another happy person with a bit of New England on their wall.

Don has returned from traveling in Newfoundland, taking more fantastic photographs of seascapes, boats, flowers and fishing villages. He says that he and Lois will be back in time for the clam festival in Yarmouth. I’m sure he has lots of stories from this trip- I know I’ve been enjoying the picture texts of otherworldly lighthouses on craggy coasts and behemoth, floating icebergs. (I also know he’ll be glad to return to the realm of plentiful wifi.)

Thought it’d be nice to gather Don’s many interests and endeavors on Squidoo in one page, especially about the 2011 Donald Verger Poster Calendar, about which I’m very excited. There’s a guest book at the bottom, tell us what you think. The Poster Calendar is available on Amazon, and it’s a beautiful collection of some of his most famous images such as “Dawn of Peace” and others. I’m sure collectors of Ansel Adams and Linnea Calendars, lovers of fine art photography and nature photography will find these to be equally as stunning. Did I mention they’re framable? Bet you never thought of a calendar as an heirloom, but this one is.

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After a while of tossing around the idea, and a few weeks of struggling with the final decisions, Donald Verger has a new calendar hot off the press! Inspired by various poster calendars, including those by Linnea Design, Dana Heacock, and Kate Libby, Donald Verger decided that a poster calendar would be a great way to make his photography serve a function, while still being a beautiful piece of art.

We began our process by choosing the best images to suit the design. There were plenty of brilliant images to choose from, and the only problem was, there were so many we wanted to include! Ultimately we gathered together the opinions of friends, family, strangers, professionals, and a few enthusiastic Starbucks employees, in order to choose the final twelve.

The final week or two of design was an incredible amount of work. For a product that appears so fresh and simple, there are a lot of details that need to be taken into account. Hours were spent debating issues such as the size of the font, whether or not we should have borders, the weight of the paper, the packaging, and so much more! It’s much easier said than done.

Choosing the final details of the cover were also difficult, but ultimately we chose Verger’s signature image Dawn of Peace to represent the very first of the collectible poster calendars. We also decided on using Verger’s actual signature on the cover as our special touch.

The final creation consists of twelve striking images that range from bold lighthouses, to brilliant blossoms, fall foliage, and much more. The dates are subtly placed over the image, so as not to take away from the photograph. They also fit a standard 11×14 frame and can be hung individually or all together.

Watch for updates! More to come… but for now take a look at the calendar!

Special thanks to the folks at Linnea Design and Annie Catherine who were a huge help in this process!

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Following the reconstruction of The Portland Press Herald’s website, the article previously know as “Selling art that will set people free” has been retitled. It was originally released on March 5, 2009.

Please read the article, at the new link, HERE.

Thank you!

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Slowly, more and more of Donald Verger‘s beautiful photography is being made available as Fine Art posters. Here is a current list with a little information about each photo, there will be more to come! To purchase any of these posters, click on the title below the image. All posters fit a standard 18×24 poster frame, and make a great gift.
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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse- Acadia National Park

Donald Verger was on his way to Manchester when he heard that up in Acadia, Maine there would be a strong autumn storm with winds whipping up to 50mph. He immediately turned around and made his way to Acadia where the bad weather would provide the opportunity for some beautiful pictures. Now, he’s added this image of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse into the series of fine art posters. This image was taken in the morning, though it was to be the middle of the storm, a calm morning can be seen as the clouds move in.

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Dawn of Peace

This is one of Verger’s signature images, taken at sunrise when it was -30 degrees. The fog is surreal and peaceful as it lifts off the glassy lake. The subtle array of colors in this image make for a stunning scene.

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Storm at Nubble Lighthouse

This image was taken during the Patriot’s Day Storm, April ’07. Verger made it to the lighthouse that day, taking thousands of pictures of the raging waves and churning muddy ocean. “This was something extraordinary I don’t expect to see again in my lifetime,” Verger explained while describing the featured image. An entire post about this image is available here.

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Under the Rainbow- Nubble Lighthouse

An image of Nubble with a storm breaking up while revealing a very bright rainbow.

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Rainbow at Portland Head Light

Another image of a colorful rainbow, but of Portland Head Light instead. The dramatic light of sunset make the bold red roof even more rich and vibrant, and the lighthouse looks stunning in the glow.

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Nubble Lighthouse- A Bright Beacon

Verger once again captures a serene moment, the clouds appear painted in the light of sunset, and Nubble Lighthouse glows vibrant orange. The intensity and surreal beauty of this image is sure to make the photograph visually rewarding in such a large format, and a favorite of this series.

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Summer’s Peace

A bright image full of peaceful summer sunlight. Surrounded by nature, the colorful laundry makes this a very playful photograph.

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Sunflowers- Farmer’s Market

A warm summery shot of these beautiful and bold flowers fills this image with warmth and smiles. Taken at Portland Farmer’s Market, in Maine, where fresh local food and flowers are available.

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Thunder Hole- Acadia National Park

An energetic blast of water sprays into the air, Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park.

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Lightning Strike- Portland Head Light

This is a great sweeping view of the shore, a fantastic shot of the blue sea. The clouds seem to be racing through, and a bolt of lightning can be scene striking down to earth behind the famous lighthouse. Cool blues and moody lighting look great in this image.

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You may have heard of the Lighthouse Depot up in Maine, a prestigious gift shop sporting the largest variety of lighthouse gifts and high-quality merchandise from all around the globe. And now, Donald Verger, is honored to be selling some of his art in this store.

Lighthouses are such a strong, solid, symbol of coastal history and many people love that beauty and symbolism these guardians offer. Often, families and enthusiasts will plan vacations to visit several lighthouses, or just a favorite one which they visit regularly. In 1992, this group began a monthly publication of Lighthouse Digest with 34 paid subscribers, and shortly after, opened their store in Wells. The store has grown over time, two whole floors full of lighthouse gifts, representing many states and 20 countries. And better still… a percentage of all sales goes to various lighthouse preservation groups around the country.

Their website offers hundreds of lighthouse tales, an online catalog, as well as links to other lighthouse sites. Lighthouse lovers can’t miss this!

For a link to Donald Verger’s work available through the Lighthouse Depot see, click here.

Enjoy!

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Join Donald Verger and many other artists for the First Friday Art Walk in Portland, Maine. The First Friday Art Walk is a self guided tour through art studios, galleries, museums, and alternative art venues. The event is held on the first Friday of each month from 5-8 pm.

OUR MISSION is to open the doors of Portland’s visual arts community by joining together and introducing a wider audience to the unique vitality of the artists and venues of Portland. Promoting interest with non-exclusivity and easy access, thereby strengthening the arts and community through diversity and celebration.

The First Friday Art Walk

Donald Verger’s work will be on display during the First Friday Art Walk, as well as all month long in Artist & Craftsman Supplies.

More information:
Artist & Craftsman
540 Deering Avenue

“Please join us on First Friday and all month long during regular business hours to view photographs by Donald Verger. Donald’s colorful and moody photographs portray scenes from Maine’s landscape.”
M-F 8am-7:30pm, Sat 9am-7:30pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
http://www.artistcraftsman.com
207 772 7272
Venue Description: Artist and Craftsman Supply offers quality discount art supplies, for professionals, students, children, and crafters since 1985.
Hours: M-F: 8am-7pm S: 9am-7pm Sun: 10am-6pm

Hope to see you at this exciting event!

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Donald Verger was on his way to Manchester when he heard that up in Acadia, Maine there would be a strong autumn storm with winds whipping up to 50mph. He immediately turned around and made his way to Acadia where the bad weather would provide the opportunity for some beautiful pictures. Now, he’s added this image of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse into the series of fine art posters. This image was taken in the morning, though it was to be the middle of the storm, a calm morning can be seen as the clouds move in.

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This is one of Verger’s signature images, taken at sunrise when it was -30 degrees. For more information about these photographs and more visit Donald Verger’s Site.

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All the way from Alaska comes a band named Bear Mountain Bluegrass. It’s members have moved to Alaska from various locations throughout the country, but share a love for music.

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On their CD “I Found a Friend”, they feature a photograph of Donald Verger‘s on the cover. His work is available for Covers and various other projects. Email DonaldVerger@gmail.com for more information.

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After doing some research to find out which photographs are the most viewed and loved, Donald Verger has turned those images into Fine Art Posters. Four photographs, two of Nubble Light house, and two of Portland Head Light have so far been made into the 18×24 posters. Each one has something distinctly beautiful about it. The moments Verger has chosen illustrate the fury and beauty of storms, as well as dramatic light offered by sunsets. The magic Verger can make happen with a camera and a lovely sight can be fully appreciated in these images.
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The series of posters are available at various giftshops along the Maine coast, or online at donaldverger.com.

Have any comments or questions? Feedback is loved! Let us know your thoughts.

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At the peak of Munjoy Hill is the cozy Hilltop Cafe which housed Donald Verger‘s most recent show “Faces of Innocence”. This show featured a collection of work which focuses on a new subject, instead of the familiar lighthouses and nature scenes, Verger presents his audience with images of people. His style still holds onto the beautiful use of color, luminous light, as well as patience and the eye to catch that perfect moment. The photography embodies a new personality, people are caught in moments going about their daily lives, and presented for us to examine. Character shines through this collection and Verger’s photography is brought to a much more personal level as you see eye to eye with smiling strangers you’ve never met, but somehow feel that you’ve gotten to know then though the art alone.

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Donald Verger has been working on his Innocence Project Benefit shows in order to aid and support The Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization based in New York, dedicated to freeing individuals accused and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. This organization is also helping to fix problems in the criminal justice system which allow such errors to occur. Verger was a victim of misidentification and now uses his story as inspiration and his photography as a medium to help others.

Thank you for the support of all those who have come to shows and donated to the Innocence Project.

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Don’t miss Donald Verger’s new show! Throughout the month of April, a selection of Verger’s freshest photography will be on display at the Hilltop Cafe in Portland, ME. Unlike other work which features majestic lighthouses and the beauty of nature that graces our everyday, this show will be featuring the photography of people. Familiar and unfamiliar faces, the face of innocence…

Come join us at the Opening Reception, on Friday, April 3rd, 5-7pm. 100% of sales are donated to The Innocence Project.

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This picture, taken on the Opening Reception for The Innocence Project Benefit at the North Star Cafe, shows Eileen Skinner, President and CEO of Mercy Hospital, and photographer, Donald Verger, sharing a laugh. Donald Verger’s opening reception raised over $2,000 for the nonprofit organization in New York. Eileen Skinner made a leadership donation to the Innocence Project, which Verger matched, also donating his image “Dawn of Peace”. Mr. Verger’s healing work is displayed in a rotating gallery in Mercy Hospital, a donation from this award winning photographer to be enjoyed by both the patients and staff. For more information about how you can help Mercy hospital, visit their page about giving to the hospital.

The show in the North Star Cafe lasted through the month of March, now for the month of April a new show will be on display at the Hilltop Cafe in Portland, ME. The Artist’s reception is part of the First Friday, Portland, Maine’s, Artwalk, Friday April 3, 5-7. Free coffee and tea will be donated by the Hilltop folks. 100% of sales will be donated to the Innocence Project by Verger. The story of Donald Verger’s inspiration for these charitable photography shows was printed in the Portland Press Herald and Munjoy Hill News.
Don’t miss a chace to enjoy new photography by Donald Verger!

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Donald is planning a show to Benefit the Innocence Project for the month of April at Portland, Maine’s Hilltop Cafe, 90 Congress Street. Return to this blog for details coming soon. In the meantime, google the new and powerful book, Picking Cotton by Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Erin Torneo. 

Ronald, Jennifer, and Erin recived the 2008 Soros Justice Media Fellowship for this couragous book.

Visit their website.

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to the blog of Donald Verger, award-winning Maine photographer. Here you’ll find recent news and updates about Mr. Verger’s work, and also be able to view his brilliant photography. See his site DonaldVerger.com.

"Dawn of Peace"

"Dawn of Peace"

Thanks for taking a look!

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Throughout the month of March, Donald Verger’s photography will be featured in the North Star Music Cafe in Portland, Maine. 100% of the show’s proceeds will go to benefit The Innocence Project, a non-profit legal clinic dedicated to freeing those who are wrongfully convicted of crimes.

Mr. Verger’s inspiration for this show was an experience he had around the New Year, which he will not soon forget. The story was featured in The Portland Press Herald as well as on Munjoy Hill News. Mr. Verger was also featured in The Innocence Project’s blog.

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Drop by the North Star Music Cafe to view the beautiful photography and help support the cause!

Thank you for your feedback and support.

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