114 Warren St. Hudson NY 12534  518-697-0266   Fri thru Sun noon to 6pm & by appointment


two solo shows

 Gail Samuelson

Sharon Arnold 

Portfolio Showcase
Ellen Cantor and Norm Diamond

October 10 to November 15, 2015 

Reception: Saturday, October 10, 5-7pm 

Gail Samuelson, Keep it for Luck

Bra and hydrangea by Gail SamuelsonBra and Hydrangea by Gail Samuelson

Sharon Arnold, After the Wedding Dresses

Davis Orton, Sharon Arnold, Fireworks For FredFireworks by Sharon Arnold

Ellen Cantor, I Can Only Remember What I Don’t Forget

Memories from I Can Only Remember What I Don't Forget by Ellen CantorMemories by Ellen Cantor

Norm Diamond, What Is Left Behind

Yellow Airplane by Norm DiamondYellow Airplane by Norm Diamond

Gail Samuelson, Keep it for Luck

Aunt Florence's Mink by Gail SamuelsonAunt Florence’s Mink by Gail Samuelson

Keep It For Luck is a loving tribute to two important women in Gail Samuelson’s life, her mother, Martha and her favorite aunt, Florence. They worked in separate family businesses in the “rag trade” on Seventh Avenue. Florence was chief designer of classic women’s dresses in the 1950’s and 1960’s, while Martha was the salesperson for girls’ party dresses in the 1970’s. The keepsakes Samuelson photographs belonged to Martha and Florence. They each had their own personal style and so did their clothes.

While Martha didn’t love her wedding dress – it wasn’t white or fancy –she kept it; the fragile beige silk gave way as Samuelson arranged it for the camera. Her mother also saved intimate garments from when she was first married. A satin negligee shimmers with its pinked seams, hand-sewn zipper, and pleated bodice. The long line bra molded her to the ideal shape pictured in Ladies Home Journal. “Who would have known she was so sexy?”

Florence, born in NYC, never left except to study fashion design in Paris. Always smartly dressed, she wore black and white and carried crocodile and beaded handbags – each with a tissue tucked inside to blot her deep red lipstick. Florence was superstitious –shamrocks, horseshoes, and elephants decorated her fabrics. As Samuelson says, “She knew with hard work and good luck, she could make a killing.”

Bio: Gail Samuelson has exhibited her work recently at 555 Gallery, Boston; Photography Now, CAA gallery, Cambridge; The Griffin Museum of Photography, and Kiernan Gallery, Lexington VA. Owner of Gail Samuelson Photography, she has been a portrait and events photographer for many years. Gail is represented in Boston by 555 Gallery.

Sharon Arnold, After the Wedding Dresses

DavisOrton-SArnold-StcksStones-600vSharon Arnold produces highly staged and manipulated images that conjure a dream-like state of both loss and strength. After the Wedding Dresses, is a visual statement of life after the wedding day. Arnold began this project with traditional images of dresses. Over time they evolved into metaphors on marriage, becoming visual tales of relationships: soulful and interior. Pearls sliding off a strand with a broken clasp. The unraveling of years, words shot like arrows through the soul, the alienation of a union, the isolation of a marriage in ruin. Arnold uses combinations of photographic, painterly and digital editing techniques to create her pieces. 
(image: Sticks and Stones Will Break Your Bones by Sharon Arnold)

Bio Sharon Arnold is a self-taught artist who uses film, collage, dyes, oil tints and digital techniques to produce her archival pigment prints. Her earlier images are reminiscent of 19th-century, hand-colored monochromes. She and her sisters grew up on a back rural road playing in my father’s junk yard. From an early age she made “dioramas”; stage sets made from bits and pieces of junk, which she photographed with her Baby Brownie. “It was a way to express my thoughts and moods.” She was a writer for years, but in 1988 she returned to the camera and dioramas, creating twilight worlds and inviting the viewer into this private place of dreams, encounters, and not so tame fairy tales, hoping it will seem strangely familiar.

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work,
the gallery is also featuring
portfolios by Ellen Cantor and Norm Diamond

Ellen Cantor, I Can Only Remember What I Don’t Forget

Ribbons and Memories by Ellen CantorRibbons and Memories by Ellen Cantor

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that is gone forever, impossible to reproduce”  Karl Lagerfeld

I Can Only Remember What I Don’t Forget is about memory, loss, aging and the creation of a legacy for the future. Ellen Cantor photographs photographs and other keepsakes as they existed at her parents’home, creating a way of exploring her personal history and the process of aging. The series recontextualizes a way of looking at photographs and items from family archives. Although the individual moments may be impossible to reproduce, “they linger in my mind as I sift through piles of photographs to recreate a personal narrative.”

“I created these images to hold on to things that are slipping away, not only from me personally, but from my family and eventually all of us. It is to remind us, also, that there is and was a world before technology.”

Bio Ellen Cantor has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Venues include: UCLA School of Medicine, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Galerie Nadine Feront, Brussels, Belgium; Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Los Angeles Center of Photography; Yeosu International Art Festival and International Biennale in Yeosu, Korea. She is a 2015 finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass. Her work has appeared in ezines: Lenscratch.com, f-stopmagazine.com, fractionmagazine.com and Silvershotz.

Cantor is a graduate of UCLA Interior and Architectural Design Program. After a career in Interior Design, she shifted her focus into fine art photography in 2000.

Norm Diamond, What Is Left Behind

Wedding Night Negligee by Norm DiamondWedding Night Negligee by Norm Diamond

Norm Diamond explores estate sales. He searches for objects that suggest the personal stories of their owners. Besides making photographs at the sales themselves, he often purchases items and photographs them in other settings. In so doing, he amends their stories and brings back memories of what his parents left behind for his sister and him. As memories build, so do reminders of the rapid passage of time.

What Is Left Behind also leads Diamond forward. “After all, my children may someday hold an estate sale for the items that I leave behind. And I wonder… what will these things say to strangers?”

Bio Norm Diamond’s photographs have been exhibited in several juried group shows including Houston Center for Photography’s Membership Exhibition and A Smith Gallery, TX and online galleries including donttakepictures.com and Black Box Gallery. Diamond and his series What Is Left Behind has been named a finalist in Photolucida’s 2015 Critical Mass competition. His work has also been featured on Elizabeth Avedon’s blog.

Diamond is now a fulltime fine art photographer after a career in interventional radiology. He has studied with Aline Smithson, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Sean Kernan, Arno Minkkinen and, from 2013 to the present, he has been mentored by Cig Harvey. In addition to his teachers, he attributes much of his success in photography to his experiences as a physician.