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Shane Lavalette’s Juror’s Statement for OPEN

Posted by staff on September 18, 2014


“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
– Susan Sontag, commencement address to Vassar students, 2003


If I had to give a title to this exhibition I’d call it Stay Eager, in reference to these words of encouragement from Susan Sontag. In a world in which we are constantly bombarded with images, it’s easy—sometimes desirable—to tune out. The reason I fell in love with photography myself is because it gave me a means in which to look harder, and to learn from the world around me. To tune in. Through the process of jurying The Center for Fine Art Photography’s OPEN exhibition this year, I faced the difficult task of filling the gallery with a selection of works from over two thousand that were submitted. Naturally, there were many more deserving artists than we could possibly fit into this gallery. So, what were the criteria used to decide? In the spirit of the theme, I maintained a level of openness, and gathered works that, to me, felt curious, attentive, vital, or eager. This includes images that are deeply personal and emotional, experimental or conceptual, story-based documentaries reflecting a social or political climate, as well as everything in between (or beyond). It represents the many ways in which image-makers are utilizing the medium today. Jennifer Loeber’s submission from her series Gyrle encompasses all of the traits I listed above. I was first brought in through her striking images, and then taken ahold of by the story that is told through them. It is a complex and at times difficult one to tell, but it has been done so with beauty and care. My gratitude goes to Hamidah Glasgow and the C4FAP for inviting me to look, and to the artists for making their work, looking harder.
Shane Lavalette

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Lumen Print Workshop with Vicki Reed

Posted by staff on September 13, 2014
Fern Peony by Vicki Reed


Lumen Print Workshop with Vicki Reed

Vicki Reed will lead students through the fun of learning the lumen print process. Lumen Prints are photograms created by placing plants directly on silver gelatin black and white paper and placing in the sun to ‘develop’. The colors in the resulting print depend on the plant, humidity, ambient temperature and duration and intensity of the sunlight as well as the type of paper used. Students will have an opportunity to try several different papers and will learn how to make the prints permanent once they have been exposed.Though some botanical materials will be supplied students are encouraged to bring plants, flowers and any other organic materials they wish to experiment with along to use in the workshop.


Date: Monday October 6th from 11am-4pm at the Linden Street location.


Non-member price: $35.00

Member price: $25.00


To register for the workshop, sign into your account. Once you are in your account you will be able to register for this workshop.


Bio: Vicki Reed, a former newspaper photographer and magazine art editor, specializes in limited edition fine art photographs. She uses plastic cameras as well as vintage, pinhole and digital cameras to explore the natural environment. She loves experimenting with alternative processes including lith, hand coloring, photogravure and encaustic, lumen and cyanotype. She has won numerous awards and has been widely published in international journals including The World of Lith Printing, Fuzion Magazine (UK), and Fine Art Photo (Germany). Ice Crystals, a video she captured a number of years ago on the shores of Lake Michigan, was recently acquired by the National Geographic Channel, and in 2012, an image from her series The Growing Season, was purchased by the Racine Art Museum for their permanent collection. She is represented by Unlimited Grain Gallery in Rotterdam, NL.

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