Enjoy The 2024 Camden Festival Of Poetry

Padriag O’Tuama
poet / peace activist

The 2024 Camden Festival Of Poetry Is Coming!

It’s free and open to the public.
Register here.


May 3 – Friday

Colby College Museum Of Art

3-4:30 pm      Workshop – Caponigro / Exploring The Colby College Museum Of Art With Poetry

May 8 – Wednesday

The Farnsworth Museum Of Art

11-12:30 pm    Workshop – Caponigro / Conversing with Unicorns: Ekphrastic Poetry – Register here.

May 11 – Saturday

The Center For Maine Contemporary Art

11-12:30 pm    Workshop – Caponigro / Tripping The Light Ekphrastic Poetry – Register here.

May 17 – Friday


2-4 pm            Craft Talk – Padraig O’Tuama / You, You, You; The Address Of Poetry – Register here.

The First Congregational Church Of Camden
55 Elm Street, Camden, Maine

7-9 pm            Friday Open Mic Night

May 18 – Saturday

Downtown Camden, Maine

10-12 am        Morning Poems On Windows Walk

The First Congregational Church Of Camden
55 Elm Street, Camden, Maine

1-2:30 pm       Readings

………………Audrey Minotulu-Le
………………Sandy Weisman
………………Dave Morrison
………………Carol Bachofner
………………Arisa White
………………Jefferson Navicky

………………With music by Chris Ross and Mehuman Johnson

………………Meet Maine poets selling and signing their books.

3-4 pm            Workshops

………………John Paul Caponigro – The Art Of Poetry About Art
………………Kathleen Ellis – Thirteen Ways of Starting a Poem
………………Judy Kaber – The Poem on the Page: Understanding Line Breaks
………………Kimberly Ann Priest – Into Wildness: The Untamed Nature Poem
………………Maya Stein – Black Out Poetry
………………Arisa White – Activating Your Nouns and Verbs
4 pm               Keynote Padriag O’ Tuama
……………..Find out who will win the youth Poet Of Promise Award.


It’s free and open to the public!
Register here.

What People Are Saying About John Paul Caponigro’s Workshops


I love teaching because I love helping other people find inspiration and ways to express themselves.

I also love learning and I want to thank my participants for teaching me, about art, craft, and communication.

Here are some of the responses participants in my workshops have shared.


“John Paul is the best teacher I’ve ever had – and I studied with Richard Feynman.”
– Steve Scheele

“John Paul is hands down one of the best creative and technical communicators of our generation.”
Michael McLaughlin, commercial photographer, Ireland.

“For me, the only joy greater than taking a picture, is seeing that image printed to it’s highest form… the photograph. When asked by colleagues and students who I turn to for advice, technique or guidance on printing, there’s only one person I recommend and that is John Paul Caponigro. JP is to digital inkjet printing what his father is to traditional silver gelatin printing… a true master craftsman and artist.”
– Arthur Meyerson, award winning commercial and fine art photographer.

“As with any endeavor, the first 80% is relatively easy; it’s the last elusive 20% that makes all the difference. I wanted to learn the “secret” to attaining the highest possible level of quality in my digital printing, so I enrolled in “The Fine Art of Digital Printing,” the only workshop personally taught by the two pioneers in the field. Both Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro have been recognized as the premier innovators and masters of the medium since its inception.

Mac Holbert essentially invented the medium of digital printmaking as a fine art, using the predictable and repeatable nature of graphic arts prepress tools available at the time and bending them to his will. With great finesse and efficiency he continues to produce digitally-generated prints of unparalleled quality. John Paul Caponigro has not only been a pioneer in the use of digital technology to create and print his own fine art images, but is perhaps the leading educator in the field as well, lecturing, teaching classes, and writing extensively on the subject.

Together, Mac and John Paul cover all aspects of fine art digital printmaking in a logical, easily understood format. They generously share their time-tested techniques, sure-fire shortcuts and invaluable personal observations while patiently demystifying the process of digital printmaking at its highest level. Yet they never lose sight of the ultimate goal: to realize the vision of the artist. The image remains paramount. So in the end, there are really only two reasons to take the Fine Art of Digital Printing workshop – R Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro.”
– Gregory Heisler , multi-award winning portrait photographer, prepared a large-scale commission during the week.

“Rarely, if ever do you get the opportunity to have a teacher show you something that changes the way think and create. Even rarer is when lightning strikes twice. I have never had workshop experience affect me and my work as profoundly as the workshop taught by John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert. I thought I knew what I was doing when I attended the first day, I walk out at the end of the week knowing more than I thought possible. Let me put it another way…. If you pass on this opportunity to learn from these two master artists then you’re just a big silly.”
 Vincent Versace, Photoshop guru and Acme Educational DVD entrepreneur, assisted during both 2007 workshops.

“For those hoping to take their digital print-making skills to the cutting edge and beyond, look no further than the FADP workshops offered by John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert the “dream team” of digital photography. It would be difficult to imagine a duo better suited to slash through today’s briar patch of confused and conflicting approaches to fine art printing than Mac and John Paul, but hold on to your hats, with these two, the classroom experience is very much like drinking from a fire hose of vital information.”
– Chris Noble, internationally renowned adventure/travel photographer




“This is a workshop that really does not need improving. It is superb – among the best instruction I have ever received in anything in my life.”
– Matthew Belge, Massachusetts

“[JP asks] the questions that lead to answers.”
– Ken Carl, Illinois

“JP’s discussion on landscape styles and follow up in the field, crystallized for me my understanding of what makes a well structured (landscape) photo.”
– Ed Bacon, Pennsylvania

“The variety and building of exercises were great. (JP) created a great foundation to start to understand how to see!”
– Daniel Gregory, Washington

“This workshop was an eye-opening ‘deep dive’ into the creative process that provides a foundation for ongoing creative inquiry. The tremendous range of ideas will apply to my work long into the future.”
– Tina Elkins, Ohio

“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, especially the free flow of information. There was nothing pedantic about the structure, just an open atmosphere conducive to the learning experience.”
– Walter Smith, Alabama




“John Paul… showed me the way…how to see, how to plan and how to get results!”
– Steve Lumpkin, Kansas

“This has been the most professional workshop facility I have ever attended!”
– Marc Koegel, Vancouver

“It made me think in new directions I didn’t expect. These are the ‘right’ directions, and I’m very grateful.”
– Daniel Oppenheim, New Hampshire

“Life-changing experience! I am so grateful…to have had this experience of learning, camaraderie, and self-discovery.”
– Jerry Wyman, California




“JP’s Artistic sensibility as it applies to Photoshop is unique and unparalleled!”
– Linda Sandow, New York

“Great theory and practical hands-on work make for a valuable in-depth program. The course increased my confidence and competence.”
– Sam Krisch, Virginia

“The material was presented in a manner that was so easy to understand, and… the supporting materials re-enforced what (I) learned.”
– Ellen Slotnick, Massachusetts

“John Paul presents and demystifies the software making it a more pervasive tool.”
– Joanne Cody, New Hampshire

Visiting Our Gallery & Studio




You can visit Caponigro Arts during exhibits, workshops, or by appointment.

You’ll arrive at a newly renovated farmhouse, in a rural setting, on the beautiful coast of Maine.

Upstairs, you’ll see the current exhibit in the gallery.

Downstairs, you’ll see the high-tech studio with many works in progress.

You can view many portfolios of finished works as well as boxes of studies.

Plus you can view masterworks by other famous photographers from John Paul’s personal collection.




While the gardens and woods surrounding Caponigro Arts are picturesque, the landscape along the Maine coast is stunningly beautiful all year round. Consider spending a little extra time before or after you visit to explore Maine’s beauty.



Enjoy My New Video – My Antarctica


Antarctica has enchanted me. Find out why in this video.

See more of my images from Antarctica.
View fascinating facts about Antarctica.
Find out about our next DPD Antarctica workshop.