Please join us for the opening of “Fringe Economies” at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR and for a gallery talk the following day.

Fringe Economies: Sarina Finkelstein and Maureen Drennan
May 6 – May 29, 2011
Opening:  6-9 PM, Friday, May 6, 2011

Gallery Talk:  1 PM, Saturday, May 7, 2011
Newspace Center for Photography
1632 SE 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
(503) 963-1935

Monday – Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday – Sunday 10am-6pm (First Fridays 6-9pm)

Sarina Finkelstein (SVA MFA Photo ’04) 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  To see more work:

Maureen Drennan (SVA MFA Photo ’09) will be presenting work from her series “Meet Me in the Green Glen.” The series documents the life of 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. Maureen Drennan is a photographer based in New York City. She is currently an adjunct professor of photography at LaGuardia Community College and Kingsborough Community College in New York City.   Her MFA is from the School of Visual Arts, New York.  To see more work: