I’m grateful to have been included in “Earth Day 2020” hosted by Gallery Sitka. As mentioned in my previous post, this exhibition was to have opened this week, but things have changed, as we all know. Art continues however. This is a mixed media exhibition. I am a huge fan of photography been shown with other forms of visual art. Melissa Richards, the curator, has done a great job of curation. I particularly drawn to her use of color. You can find the online gallery here.
I am honored to share an upcoming exhibition in which I’ll be participating along with two outstanding photographers, Tess Davis and Scarlett Hoey. The exhibition, Captured Moments, will take open with a reception on Friday, January 17 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Aldrich Heritage Gallery, at Alternatives Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA. You’ll see an interesting collection of work which I think really speaks to the exhibitions title, Captured Moments, special times or perhaps times with meaning. You can read more about the Heritage Gallery, the exhibition, and get directions etc. by going here.
I’ll say more about my work below but first I have to give a thanks and shoutout to Alternatives/Open Sky, one of the largest providers of services to the disabled in the region. They have been working for many years to get beyond the basic challenges of providing services in an effort to develop a truly inclusive community. Their offshoot, Valleycast, provides cultural and arts programming that brings together those with and without disabilities.
I’ve been been involved with Valleycast for the past year or so and have been witness to what real inclusivity can mean, and how much we can all grow in the process. Alternatives is also one of the owners of the Whitin Mill, former home of the Whitin Machine Works, once the largest manufacturer of textile manufacturing equipment in the U.S. They along with other owners and tenants have been working to revitalize this massive beautiful mill that sits along the Mumford River, and they’ve made serious progress.
My own work includes a series of reflections on the power of water. As you know if you read this blog, I’m a committed environmentalist. I’ve had the good fortune recently to meet and work with others who share that commitment and have been impressed by their take on the problem. We’re not trying to “save the planet.” The planet doesn’t need saving. It will be just fine, different perhaps, but it is going to be there regardless of how much we screw things up. We’re really trying to save ourselves. All you have to do to get a glimpse of the power of nature is look at what nature does with water.
Greetings. For this in New England, I want to pass along an invitation to join us this coming weekend in Grafton, Massachusetts for the Small Stones Festival of the Arts (access the link for more information and directions). This represents a cooperative effort on the part of a number of area arts organizations as you can see.
I am grateful to the photography jurors (Nancy Burns, Scot Erb, Donna Dufault and Robert Ring) for choosing a number of my images for exhibit. They represent a fairly electic display, so we’ll see how that all works. I’ll be there on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon.
I wanted to let folks know that I was fortunate enough to have one of my images selected by the Northern Valley Art League in Redding, California for their upcoming International Juried Photography Show. The juror was Jack Fulton of the San Francisco Art Institute. Northern Valley Art League is a significant supporter of the arts in northern California. I’m very grateful for their support. The image chosen was of the Spillway at the Quabbin Reservoir.
Several years back I wrote a blog post about one of my favorite trees, the Newton Apple Tree on the campus of Babson College. It was a wonderful contemplative tree located right in the middle of the busy campus. In spite of being in the middle of everything it was still a peaceful oasis. The backstory is that it was supposedly a descendent of THE Newton Apple Tree, the one that inspired Sir Isaac to think through gravity. Roger Babson, founder of Babson College, was a Newtonophile big time and had the resources to pull something like that off, so it could be true. But we, many of us who worked there and some students, cherished the tree and would have done so regardless of its lineage. Alas, aging and construction meant the end of the tree a few years back, which I was honored to be able to chronicle while saying goodbye.
The penultimate image, “Goodbye Isaac” was chosen recently by juror Tom Zetterstrom for inclusion in Photoplace Gallery’s current exhibition, Celebration of Trees. I am honored for Isaac to be included in such an interesting exhibition.
You can read about the exhibition and the Gallery here. If you’re interested, at that link you can order a copy of the exhibition catalogue. The Photoplace Gallery is a wonderful exhibition opportunity created for emerging fine art photographers. They are located in Middlebury, Vermont and definitely worth the trip. I couldn’t leave off though without a picture of Isaac in more pleasant times.