- Artist's Reception for WET
The artist's reception for WET is coming up in two weeks! We'll be recognizing the photographers whose images were selected by juror Elizabeth Opalenik for this eclectic exhibition. Among the 45 exhibitors from around the world are two local talents, Peggy Reynolds of Essex Junction and Janet Labelle of Huntington. Please come by to give some props to these two, and to see all the excellent photos. As always, there'll be some refreshments and lively conversation. Everyone's welcome.
- Artist's Reception for SURREAL
A reminder that the Artist's Reception for Darkroom Gallery's "Surreal" exhibition will be taking place this coming Saturday, January 5 from 4PM to 6PM. Help us recognize the 43 photographers whose work is displayed in this eclectic exhibit. Special attention goes to the four photographers from Vermont: Lodiza LePore of Bennington, Marcus Chiaretto of Burlington, Michael Wisniewski, and Peggy Reynolds of Essex Junction.
- Artists Reception for Trees
We'll be hosting a reception for the photographers whose work was selected by juror Michael Pannier for "Trees". Included among the 52 photographers are five from Vermont. The exhibit is cosponsored by the Essex Junction Tree Committee and the Tree City USA project of the Arbor Day Foundation. Everyone is encouraged to attend - bring as many guests as you can! As always, beverages and light refreshments will be provided.
- Darkroom Gallery Film Screening at SteamFest
In conjunction with SteamFest 2018 (www.steamfestvt.com), Essex Junction's annual celebration of the confluence of the arts and technology, Darkroom Gallery will be screening two short films produced by Burlington-area residents. The first, CAREGIVERS is a "Filmmaker's presentation of the preproduction work for CAREGIVERS, a feature-length hybrid documentary about grassroots in-home eldercare in the hills of rural Vermont." Filmmaker Jesse Kreitzer will give a short talk about his work on the film. Anyone with an interest in documentary presentation, whether as still photography or in the film/video realm is especially encouraged to attend. The second screening will be a beautifully accomplished look, through the eyes and lens of part-time Essex Junction resident Sami Alalul, at the challenges, perils, and triumphs of a group of young Palestinian musicians. Titled "From Beneath the Earth", it's a "short documentary that explores the intersections that exist at the heart of music created by underground Palestinian artists". We showed "From Beneath the Earth" twice at last year's SteamFest to deeply appreciative audiences who requested we do it again this year. Recommended highly! Viewing times are listed above. Free, with donations gladly accepted.
- Photographing Birds with Peter Riley
We're fortunate to have a recognized expert in the photography of birds living right here in Essex Junction. Peter Riley is known for his striking photos of our avian friends (and other critters) in their natural habitats. He'll be giving an illustrated talk and discussion on his work at Darkroom Gallery on Thursday, July 12 from 7 to 9PM. If you participated in our recent Photo Slam, or viewed the exhibit, you probably remember Peter's award winning photo of a great blue heron in flight. Here's some information about him: Peter was a professional photographer for a brief time in the late 1970's but put down his old film camera to concentrate on his music career and raise a family. Then in 2011 he bought an inexpensive point and shoot camera and was immediately intrigued with the possibilities afforded by digital photography. Several upgrades to camera bodies and lenses ensued and now he takes photos on a near daily basis. Largely driven by social media (see "Life of Riley Photography" on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=life%20of%20riley%20photography - for more images), Peter's bird photos have been shown at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., used by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the New Jersey Audubon Society. He was recently featured in Cape May Magazine and the St. Michael's College Alumni magazine, has had several one man shows of his work. He has now expanded to giving talks on nature photography from Vermont to Cape May, most recently at the Birds of Vermont Museum and the UVM Horticulture Farm. This is certain to be an instructive and entertaining evening, not to be missed. Besides being an excellent photographer Peter is a natural raconteur, so his illustrated talk will be well worthwhile even to those who aren't into nature photography. Those who want to work on their bird photography will find Peter to be an excellent instructor. The Meetup will be free, although we welcome donations to help offset expenses. RSVP's will be helpful.
- Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day celebrates photography without lenses - pinhole photography. On April 29 anyone anywhere in the world is invited to upload a pinhole photo to the Pinhole Gallery website, where it can be viewed by anyone, anywhere. Full info on Pinhole Day and what's involved is available at www.pinholeday.org/ or at the Pinhole Facebook page www.facebook.com/PinholeDay/ On the afternoon of Sunday, April 29, Darkroom Gallery will host a meetup at which attendees can share their photos with each other and display them. We will also be able to scan your photos and upload them to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day gallery. It'll be informal - no reservations necessary and everyone is invited. It'll also be free!
- Artist's Reception for OPEN - 2018
• What we'll do Darkroom Gallery will be hosting an Artist's Reception for our first juried exhibit of the year, OPEN - 2018. For this exhibition we asked photographers to submit the images in their portfolio which best represent the kind of photo work they do. In other words, instead of the gallery setting a theme for the exhibit, entrants were invited to choose their own theme. We had a generous response, with images from nearly every photographic genre. Our juror for OPEN - 2018 is Christy Karpinski, founder and editor of the popular online journal F-Stop Magazine http://www.fstopmagazine.com/. Among the 38 photographers represented in the 54 photos in OPEN - 2018 are several from Vermont, including Peggy Reynolds of Essex Junction, who was awarded an Honorable Mention; Kitty Stanley of Wilder; John Flynn of White River Junction; and Jennifer Miles of Georgia (VT). That's a good showing for such a small place, given that entrants came from all over the world. We'll be displaying photos by photographers from Australia, Greece, Poland, and several other countries, as well as from locations in several US states. Having so many "locals" included in the exhibit speaks highly for the quality of work that Vermont photographers create, and we hope you'll come out to support the "home team". As always, the reception is free and open to the public, with various beverages and light snacks provided. Image: Juror's Choice "Syzygy" © Pere Ibanez of Barcelona, Spain • What to bring Self, family, friends, significant other, etc. • Important to know Free! No RSVP necessary.
- Stereo (3D) photography
Come spend an hour or so with Matthew Snell-Callanen as he describes his journey through 3D photography. He will talk about the evolution of his equipment, purchasing and processing film, viewers (both digital and non), and will show you some of his work. Matt is a full-time professional photographer (but not, perhaps, in quite the way that you think). Come join us for an unusual presentation and experience.
- Movie Night at the Gallery: "The Impassioned Eye" (Henri Cartier-Bresson)
The Impassioned Eye Henri Cartier-Bresson has been called one of the most influential, if not the most influential, of 20th century photographers. Many of his iconic photos have become so familiar that almost everyone has seen at least one of them, though they may not know who made the image. The work of Cartier-Bresson has heavily influenced both photojournalism and street photography; he is sometimes credited for being the originator of those genres. Photos he made nearly 100 years ago are still regularly exhibited, and his work and techniques are a constant in the curricula of many, if not most, schools of photography. "The Impassioned Eye" is a serious documentary that offers volumes of information useful to anyone who wants to polish the way they see the world, and thus bring their photography to another level. Regardless of the genre(s) one shoots there are valuable insights to be gained from viewing "The Impassioned Eye". A good resource for learning more about "The Impassioned Eye" is this review in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/13/movies/photographer-with-a-knack-for-finding-the-moment.html The showing is free, with donations accepted
- Movie Night Returns To With "Don't Blink", a documentary on Robert Frank
To kick off a new season of provocative and educational films about photography we'll be screening "Don"t Blink", a documentary about one of the most controversial photographers of the last half of the 20th century, Robert Frank. Frank is best known for his revolutionary book "The Americans" which records his journeys across the United States in images that contradict the conventional concept of post-war American life (think "Happy Days"). Frank emigrated to the US from his native Switzerland in the late 40's and, while living in New York, quickly became disillusioned with what he perceived as the American obsession with money, prestige, and power. That dissatisfaction led him to seek out the other side of the American dream in the lives of the disadvantaged, the poor, the African American population, the oppressed. His view of the Americans was shaped by Walker Evans and others (like Dorthea Lange) who documented the people most downtrodden in the years of the Great Depression, but Frank's eye, and camera, observed with greater anger the effects of societal hypocrisy. The book that resulted, "The Americans", first published in 1958, elicited a backlash of harsh criticism at the time, but has since been recognized as a revolutionary document and a watershed moment in the history of photography. The ugly dichotomy "The Americans" exposed is still a raw wound in the American psyche as we're again talking about the inequities inherent in the "American Dream". It should be noted that this film is entertaining as well as thought-provoking but is also unblinking and honest. As such it's loud and sometimes vulgar; it would definitely receive an R-rating if it were released for theatrical presentation. Still, for anyone interested in the history of American photography, street photography, and documentary photography "Don't Blink" is essential viewing. The showing will be free, with donations accepted. Here's a link for more info on the film: http://grasshopperfilm.com/film/dontblink/