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HERE & THERE, PHOTGRAPHY SHOW AT THE JONATHAN FROST GALLERY

Posted Sept. 21, 2012, at 12:40 p.m.

Friday, October 5 to Wednesday, November 28, 2012; 5:35 p.m.

Location: Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

Contact: Nan Mulford ; 207-596-0800

Website: jonathanfrostgallery.com

September 21, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Nan Mulford, nanmulford@gmail.com, 508-942-0869

HERE & THERE, PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW,

AT JONATHAN FROST GALLERY

The Jonathan Frost Gallery, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, presents an exhibit of work by nine distinguished New England photographers. The show, entitled Here & There, will open on Friday, October 5th A gala Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 5th,Rockland’s First Friday, from 5 – 8, featuring live music by Steve Lindsay and Friends. The exhibit will run through November 28th

Here & There explores what David Brooks of the New York Times has called “the power of the particular.” The nine locations our artists document range from right under our noses here in Knox County, Maine, to Iceland, Lebanon, Israel, and a collection of places in between. What they have in common is a fierce sense of what it means to be in each particular place, sometimes with people who couldn’t imagine being anywhere else in the world, sometimes with the ghosts of the long-vanished, sometimes with nothing but the sound of the wind. And to know that every place – here, there, everywhere – is a home, a place of comfort, of laughter, of wonder, or of sorrow.

The show’s nine photographers are Richard Barnett, Tillman Crane, Kathie Florsheim, Catherine Leuthold, Jim Nickelson, Rania Matar, Jeanette Phillipps, Olive Pierce, and Craig Stevens.

Richard Barnett has photographed the abandoned farms and empty spaces of North Dakota in a series he titles Yesterlives: “Exploring these abandoned homes, littered with clues of lives never known, people never met, I can only wonder why they left everything behind: homes and furniture, books and Bibles, cooking utensils, clothes, cards; sometimes in disarray, sometimes carefully packed…There is profound beauty in these ruins, and yet profound grief.”

Tillman Crane has documented images close to home here in the Midcoast that, while the subjects seem familiar, assume an iconic beauty: “My images in this exhibit represent the ubiquitous landmarks of my community, of seasonal markers, of resourcefulness, of utilitarian objects made with craft, beauty and pride, all of which could be part of any community, anywhere…Quiet markers of light, of time, of home.”

Kathie Florsheim photographs jovial scenes of Rhode Island beaches in the height of summer: “I have photographed on beaches since 1993, documenting the inadvertent theater and unwitting humor that materialize on the sand…These things matter to me because I know that the way we inhabit our beaches reveals a lot about our idiosyncrasies, habits and in due course, our nature.”

Catherine Leuthold, a photojournalist, exhibits striking images from her Israel essay, Invisible Lines of War/Families under Siege: “The conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis is a tribal war that dates back thousands of years. My images are meant to document the everyday struggles of the common man, woman and child caught up in this age-old biblical whirlwind. I covered the second Intifada also known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada from 2002-2003.”

Rania Matar shows photographs done in her native Lebanon and featured in her book Ordinary Lives: “The focus of my photography is on the Middle East, on women and children especially. Lebanon in particular is interesting because of its key location as a gate to the Middle East, between the West and the Arab world…Whereas the media typically covers the Middle East in a sensational manner: terrorism, bombings and kidnappings, the large majority of the inhabitants are just ordinary people going on with their everyday lives. In these photos I focus on the people who did not lose their humanity and dignity despite what they have been and are still going through.”

Jim Nickelson presents stunning nocturnal images of the moon, taken from sites throughout the state of Maine: “My Nightfall series of photographs captures often iconic landscapes at an unusual time – at night. By capturing these landscapes at a time when very few people experience them, a new perspective on those landscapes is provided, both with respect to the shape and feel of the landscapes themselves as well as their place in the cosmos…My long-term Adventures in Celestial Mechanics project is based on capturing each full moon of the year, at moonrise, from somewhere in the Maine landscape.”

Jeanette Phillipps, an architect and captain of her classic schooner Voyager, has circumnavigated the globe, her camera a constant first mate: “Moving with the wind allows time to contemplate, to find beauty in the simplest and greatest of things…To connect with my subject, animate or inanimate, is important to me, be it the sea and sky, a remote village or ancient city, the people dwelling within.”

Olive Pierce exhibits photographs from her classic ten-year project, Up River: The Story of a Maine Fishing Community: “The work started in the eighties when a local lobster fisherman asked me to take pictures of his son’s wedding. Attracted to the closeness of their community, I spent ten years documenting their lives. I came to respect their fierce endurance in a harsh world, their skills and their interdependence. Their lives, I found, have shape and substance. They are committed to work and family. Their day-to-day joys and sorrows are no more nor less than mine.”

Craig Stevens has photographed otherworldly and heart stopping images of Iceland: “I had been intrigued by the mystery of the Icelandic landscape for decades. The images I had seen stunned me with the power of this volcanic space. The addition of the magical light of the Midnight Sun in summertime makes for a remarkable combination…There is a curious sense one gets when standing before the Icelandic landscape that we are remarkably close to the essential power of the Earth and yet it remains enigmatic in spite of our physical proximity.”

The show, which has been organized by Johanna Lindsay and Nan Mulford, can be seen on the gallery website, www.jonathanfrostgallery.com. A catalog is available.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday 9 – 5. For more information, call or e-mail the gallery at 207-596-0800 or frostgal@midcoast.com. Website: www.jonathanfrostgallery.com.

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