Domestic violence survivors exhibit in Castine

CASTINE — Photographer Patrisha McLean, former wife of singer-songwriter Don McLean, invites the public to an exhibit featuring photo portraits and audio of 18 domestic violence survivors, including herself, at Annex Arts in Castine May 22-30.

Don McLean, who created the 1971 hit song “American Pie,” was convicted of domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint and criminal mischief in 2016 in Knox County, according to the Portland Press Herald.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit at Gallery B in Castine on Sunday, May 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Patrisha McLean said the exhibit, titled “Finding Our Voices,” features women from all over Maine, all walks of life, breaking the silence about the domestic abuse in their lives.

“The project features photo portraits and audio of 18 survivors, including myself, as well as a variety of ephemera that will hopefully shift the question from ‘Why does she stay?’ to ‘Why does he abuse?’ McLean said.

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Arts Commission are sponsoring the exhibit.

McLean is a board member and hotline volunteer for The Next Step Domestic Violence Project.


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