Best in Show: Karen Neems; Honorable Mention: Bill Gore, Joy Bush, and Ron Garofalo; Best Student Award: Elly Hersam. Pieces will continue on view following this show at an award winner’s exhibition opening March 17th at 5:30pm at the 208 Elm Street Bankwell lobby offices, with a reception, free and open to the public. This exhibition was juried by Jan Nagle, of the Center for Photography Woodstock.
It was interesting to view such a diverse range of artwork; Carriage Barn has a refreshingly energetic community of artists and enthusiasts!
Best in Show:
Karen Neems’ meticulous organization of the frame draws the viewer into spaces that simultaneously skew; the combination is seamless and mesmerizing. See more of Karen’s work at karenneems.com.
Bill Gore mines the mundane corners and broadsides of the world for unabashed slashes of vibrance, pops of pattern, and kinetic catches; the effect is both still and scintillating, as well as humorous. See more of Bill’s work at billgorephotography.com.
Joy Bush’s intimate interiors are beautifully minimal in structure and color; her stark editing of already mundane domestic scenes very subtly suggests presence as well as absence. See more of Joy’s work at JoyBushPhotography.com.
Ron Garofalo’s durational bus ride project yields images that are both sad and celebratory, and holds the viewer in a liminal space that’s neither here nor there, at neither the start nor close of the day. See more of Ron’s work at rongarofalophoto.com.
Best Student Photo
Elly Hersam, “Louly”
The protagonist in Elly Hersam’s “Louly” is pensive. She seems to be caught with either her head in the clouds, or below the smoke in a house on fire. Like Andrew Wyeth’s Christina, she’s actively involved in an epic battle between the spiritual and physical worlds. See more of Elly’s work at https://ncps.digication.com/eleanor.hersam/Studio_Lighting.
Gallery hours during exhibitions are Wednesday-Saturday 1-3 and Sundays 1-5pm. Join us for two upcoming events:
Wednesday, February 10 at 7pm – “Fairfield County Poets Read,”
Free and open to the public, 11 local published and emerging poets will present a selection of works during this 90 minute program. Light refreshments will be served, pre-registration is not required, but you can RSVP here to help us with our headcount. Please note: while this event is not an open mic, we hope you’ll come, bring a friend, and see what you think of poetry in the barn. The New Canaan Society for the Arts is considering hosting future open mic poetry events and looking to assess interest from our friends, our community, and you!
Saturday, February 20 at 1pm – “Photo Forum,” Free and open to anyone interested in photography, this casual, bring-your-own brown-bag lunch event invites photographers and photo enthusiasts to learn from each other about creating bodies of work, current issues in professional practice, workflow and creative process, mounting exhibitions, using social media, digital vs. traditional processes, and more. A diverse panel of photographers will guide the discussion and break-out groups, pre-registration is not required, but you can RSVP here to help us with our headcount.
Programming sponsorship and support for this year’s photo show is provided by: