Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Oregon

May 6th – 29th

Opening Reception: Friday, May 6th 6-9pm

Artist Lecture: Saturday, May 7th 1pm



Sarina Finkelstein will be presenting work from her series “The New 49ers.” The series is an investigation of the re-emergence of gold prospectors in California. The New 49ers are recently laid-off workers, veterans, retirees, ex-convicts and freelancers in between gigs—all dependent on the income they derive from gold prospecting. Finkelstein’s project draws a comparison between the original Gold Rush, the lesser-known surge of gold prospecting during the Great Depression of the 1930’s and the modern-day wave of gold prospectors in California during the Great Recession.


Sarina Finkelstein earned her BFA from Washington University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been featured as the cover story for The Daily, in SEVEN, and on and She has been a guest speaker for Professional Women Photographers and a speaker and award recipient at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference. Finkelstein lives in New York.



Maureen Drennan will be presenting work from her series “Meet Me in the Green Glen.” The series documents the life of Ben, a marijuana farmer in California. Though it is legal to grow marijuana in California, it is still an activity that carries heavy social and political stigma. Drennan’s photographs of Ben’s life, his lands, and his plants is an intimate look at a seldom seen lifestyle.

Maureen Drennan is a photographer born and based in New York City. Since receiving her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 2009, her photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions including the Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, Silvereye Center for Photography, Pittsburg and Rayko Gallery, San Francisco. Maureen has received honors from Aperture, The Photo Review, PDN, The Photographic Resource Center of Boston, Humble Arts, and Artist as Citizen. Her photographs were included in The Collector’ s Guide to New Art Photography, Volume 2. Maureen currently teaches photography at the City University of New York.