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  Fran Gardino Panoramas

Our February Show features the Panoramas of Fran Gardino. It will open on February 6 and run until February, 26. There will be a Meet the Artist reception of Sunday, February 25, from 1 -4 PM. The exhibit, reception, and refreshments will all be free and open to the public.

Fran has some of his very long panoramic photographs on display featuring a collection of cloud photographs, one of which is also on display at Logan International Airport in Boston. As a special bonus he will have a special experimental multiscreen panoramic digital photo display of his panoramic photographs in an immersive tent at the back of the gallery. Enter the tent and experience his photography in an immersive presentation.

Fran Gardino has a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, which included Photography courses with such notables as Garry Winogrand and Gus Kayafas.  He also pursued graduate studies at Harvard University Extension with Frank Gohlke and Jack Lueders Booth.

He has self-published 4 photo books on “Manhole Covers Etc.”, a collection of over 400 photos of utility covers from around the world, “Paint the Sky Fiery”, a series of night photos from Boston’s annual Fourth of July fireworks displays from 2005 to 2012,

“The Sky Mourns”, a photo book of the 2013 fireworks in honor of the Boston Marathon victims, and “Touch the Sky”, showing numerous photos of clouds (many of which are panoramas) taken from the windows of commercial flights.

Fran is represented in the Vermont Artisans Gallery in Brattleboro VT, has two grandformat images installed at Boston’s Logan Airport, and has had several solo photo shows in the Boston area, including his “Italian Journey” show at the Italian Consulate in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston and “Villaggio Italiano”, a show of three 30-foot, 360-degree images in mini-cycloramas on display at the Harvard Education Portal in Allston, MA.

Fran is the 2017-2019 president of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers, 

Stars and Lighthouses by David Zapatka

Our January show, Stars and Lighthouses,  featured  the work of Rhode Island David Zapatka. For over 20 years David has been a freelance television cameramen working primarily for the US network news and sports programs. He got his photographic start as a 13 year-old with his first camera and with this portfolio he returns to his photographic roots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Donate $50.00*to the Valley Photo Center and get a FREE autographed softcover copy of David Zapatka's book Stars & Lighthouses and a 2018 membership that entitles you to enter prints into our Spring and Fall 2018 Open Submission shows.

Just CLICK HERE to donate. You'll be able to pick up your book after the exhibit closes and our next exhibit opens in February during gallery hours, our Artist Reception, or by special arrangement by contacting me at

*Donate $60.00 for a hardcover edition of the book signed by David Zapatka.

For more information about David Zapatka's work go to

We are closed Mondays, but are open extra hours during the holiday season on other days. To check to see if we are open call the gallery at: 413-378-5253.

Volunteers Docents Needed
The Valley Photo Center needs volunteer docents to open and close the gallery Monday through Friday from 11 AM until 2 PM. We especially need volunteers so we can open the gallery on Mondays again. Volunteers can enter photographs in our open submission shows for free and get free parking in the Tower Square garage. If you can work as little as a couple hours a day a few days a month please email or call D. John McCarthy at 413-455-5658. 

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