March 14, 2010

Photography and Art were two of the forces that drew Alfred and Lee to each other when they first met. They married and together have traveled widely, pursuing these interests.

The show represents a selection of images that reflect the content of their work…mostly it is about people…a person, who captures the imagination by revealing a compelling aspect of themselves. Caught in the instant the shutter is pressed and then put on paper…or translated into clay in a longer but no less focused way.

Alfred’s selection of images is of India…for the beauty of its people, the color and the landscape.

Lee selected those pieces of sculpture that combine in some way with her photography.   About people…[occasionally a “thing”]…the nature of which is revealed in a unique way by the photograph.

The show is called “Photography and Sculpture: A Marriage”

Alfred Hutt is a member of the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists and a practicing Ophthalmologist in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Lee Hutt is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a practicing sculptor in Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Photography website: www.alleephotography.com

Sculpture web address: www.leehutt.com

The show will be hung by 3/30/2010 and available to the public during gallery hours.

The reception will be held on Sunday April 11, 2010 between the hours of 2 and 4 pm

The public is invited to attend.



The Valley Photo Center is pleased to present the work of three photographers – Frank Ward, Robert Aller and David Prifti – at the Valley Photo Center.  The exhibit will run from February 16 through March 19, 2010.  There will be a reception for the artist on Sunday February 21st from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Gallery hours at the Valley Photo Center are Tuesdays through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, or by special arrangement.


Both Frank and Robert teach photography at Holyoke Community College.  David teaches high school photography in Concord, MA.


Ward will be presenting photos from his Asia Central project, of which he says, “I think of this portfolio as travel writing with a camera except that my pictures contain few scenic vistas or landmarks. … In Central Asia, the environment is ancient and the horizons are open to all that globalization has to offer. In my pictures, evidence of the Silk Road with mountain views or vast steppes is sparse. Ghengis Khan’s empire remains buried in the dust. My interpretation is of the present. What is life like now, how does regional culture manifest, and where is our interconnectedness? These questions linger as my camera contemplates what is before me.”


Aller will present work from his Strange Twilight series of photographs.  “The works in this exhibit are but a few from a larger portfolio made during a recent excursion to the northeast outer islands of Newfoundland, more notably the Island of Fogo off the coast and the Clift’s of Twillingate. … In this work I photographed not just the experience of being in a cultural landscape reminiscent of the traditional ways of life in rural Ireland. But, with its Irish descendants, remote garden’s, open grazing fields, or “commonage,”

the strange beauty of the twilight, and the poetic feeling of simply being witness to a way of life before it all fades from existence was a mesmerizing

search to know whom these people were.



            Prifti will show his wet plate collodion work, photographs of students of his in Concord.  David says this of his wet plate work: “Using an 8 x 10 “ view camera and the 19th century wet plate collodion process, I make tintype portraits of students, friends and acquaintances.  My interest lies in the power of a photograph to describe my subject clearly and with power. What begins with my interest in the physical appearence of the subject, develops into an evolving exploration of the sitter and myself. There is power in the tension of modern subjects being rendered in a historic process, pulling them out of time, reexamining the past as well as the present. The wet plate process is slow and labor intensive. Making these portraits requires exposure times ranging from 20 seconds to 2 minutes. It is in that collaboration that I find the power of this medium, as if the commitment required of both me and the sitter is present in the final image. It allows me to make connections with my subjects in more powerful ways than I am able to do with contemporary materials.


For more information, please contact gene LaFord at 413-733-6001 (evenings) or gene.valleyphoto@verizon.net 
gene LaFord
Curator, Valley Photo Center, Inc.


Lawrence Roy: American Beauty  never underestimate...                                                   
 "The 21st century is not even a decade old. Living in suburbia has many connotations depending on who occupies the residence. A home used to provide a sanctuary from life's demands in the past, allowing all kinds of freedom, it was called the American Dream. With blended families, divorce and health issues, the Hallmark idea of home is in transition..."



Jessica Rosario: Perceptionqueen bee
"As a young girl I was intrigued yet afraid of many usual childhood toys, such as the dolls and clowns that my friends played with. Images of these characters haunted both my waking life and dream state, and have now worked their way into my art...My images contain a touch of realism, distortion, and an element of fantasy. My work is comprised of self-portraits. Each portrait is different from the other and provides a portal into each character's individuality."
David Barsalou:                                                                              
"In May of 2002 my wife Terry was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. She fought bravely for two and a half years, passing away peacefully at home on October 18, 2004. My recent work layers photographs and digital cyanotypes with text. Through experimentation and manipulation these images are combined into larger visual constructions. Removing pictures from their original context, transforms, and re-invents them. The images focus on my wife from childhood to her passing in 2004."
This show runs from Jan 5 to Feb 5, 2010.
Exhibit hours are Tues thru Fri from 11-2pm.
The Valley Photo Center is located at 1500 Main St, Springfield, MA 01115
                                                   (Tower Square -- 2nd Floor)
Phone number 413-781-1553


Quabbin - For the Joy of It
 Images by Les Campbell
 Oct 20-Nov 20, 2009
 Gallery hours Tues-Fri 11-2 pm. 
FINAL WEEKS! --Come witness the amazing transformation of the valley with the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir. Special before-and-after photographs of the valley highlight this exhibit. Historical photos from Mr. Campbell's extensive collection will transport you to a time before the building of the dam, when four towns thrived in this region.  
Les Campbell's home and studio are nestled in this beautiful setting, where he has been photographing for more than 40 years. He includes some of his award winning nature and wildlife photography to compliment this exhibit.
Win a Les Campbell image!
Special Benefit Raffle during this exhibit -- the lucky winner may choose any nature image off the gallery walls. 
Tickets are on sale during the entire exhibit, only $1 ea or $5 for 6 tickets.
Think easy Holiday shopping!
Images are available for purchase, and proceeds benefit
VPC and Friends of Quabbin.
Under 32" in length  $190
Over  32" in length   $240 
The Valley Photo Center is located at: 1500 Main Street
                                                    Tower Square, 2nd floor
                                                    Springfield, MA 01115

Other Exhibits

GoNE, Inc
This from Nancy Bryant: The River Run Gallery at 12Crane is exhibiting
some of my work in a show titled; Random: Nancy's journey through digital art.  
The show will run until the end of September.  The Artist's Reception will be 09-25-09 at 7-8pm. 12Crane is a multifunctions venue: Along with the River Run Gallery, there is the Cannery, a live music venue, and the Dark Horse Tavern.  This unique site also houses several businesses and its own Brewery, Honest Town. Hope to see you there.

Random: Nancy's journey through digital art.   
"I chose these works as representations of the evolution that my work has gone through. For me art is an ongoing learning process with each work representing a phase in my skill development and understanding of the media.  Some artists create with pigment and canvas. I create with pixels and light."
 -- Nancy Bryant
For more information contact: goneinc@goneinc.com
  Also at GoNE --  The Great New England Digital Shootout is wrapped up. Thanks to all who participated.  Congratulations to Jim Gambaro of Belchertown for his winning photo. The winning photos will be shown here at the GoNE, Inc. Gallery on Main St. in Palmer from mid September to the end of October. Dont miss the reception on September 26, at 4-7pm. 

Annie Tiberio Cameron
Annie's lovely photography will once again grace the valley when her exhibit opens this month at the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise, 2nd floor on the Umass Amherst Campus from Sept 14-Dec 13, 2009
Opening reception is Tues Sept 15 from 4-6pm.
Hallmark Institute of Photography
An invitation : Please join us for the Grand Opening of The Gallery at Hallmark, featuring a group exhibit by Hallmark Institute of Photography's resident faculty entitled "Collected Visions."
This event takes place on Saturday Sept 12, 2009 from 1-5 pm at
85 Avenue A Turner's Falls, MA with a reception, exhibition, hors d'oeuvres, and live music.
This event is free of charge.
Allison Ryan
"I wanted to share my excitement about my Big Apple photo debut at the Calumet Gallery in Chelsea.  I'm part of a group show from a trip to Iceland (mine is the pink image,  lower right).  The Icelandic Consulate has gotten wind of it, sending vodka to the reception!  So we're fantasizing about even more "exposure".  
I hope you will pass this e-vite on to the membership and any and all who might be interested." R. Allison Ryan
What: Opening Reception Thurs Sept 17 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Where: Calumet Gallery
           22 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
           New York, NY
When: Sept 18 -30, 2009
Hours: 10 am - 5:30 pm Mon - Sat  
New England Large Format Photography Collective

NELFPC invites you to attend their Fall exhibit at the Landau Gallery in the Robsham Arts Center at the Belmont Hill School 350 Prospect St, Belmont, MA
When: Oct 6- Nov 6, 2009
          Opening Reception Sunday Oct 18 from 1-4 pm
For gallery hours and directions -- www.belmonthill.org or 617-993-5282
Steichen in Williamstown - highly recommended
If you haven't yet gone up to see the Edward Steichen exhibit at the Art Museum at Williams College in Williamstown, MA then we ask, "What are you waiting for?!" Do check out this wonderful exhibit. Two seperate rooms showcase both his fashion images and years of shooting for Conde Nast as well as his more personal and iconic images. It is a lovely drive up to Williamstown and the museum on the college campus is free of charge.
Just a few days left for the fashion images, but you have until Nov 8 for the "Episodes" exhibit.



Photos from Toy Camera/Pinhole Photography Reception

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