May 7 to June 5, 2022
Reception: Saturday, May 14, 5:30-8pm
Portfolio Showcase: Flower! Flowers!
In Lieu of Flowers and The Way Home
About the Artists and Their Work
Vaughn Sills, Inside Outside
In “Inside Outside,” Vaughn Sills juxtaposes the human-inhabited environment with the wild, untamed natural world. Domestic life is represented by flowers in vases and alludes to women’s work in gardens and in the home; the outside world is seen in the images (placed behind the flowers) of her landscapes and seascapes.
The work also relates to mortality and beauty. The landscapes and seascapes she makes are part of her series about grieving for her mother. Flowers, their beauty so ephemeral, remind us of death and contrast with the feeling of eternity and infinitude implied by the sea and rolling hills.
The planet’s emergency today inevitably adds a third layer of meaning. The seas are rising; the shores will be submerged – all by our hand. The farmer’s field pollutes local streams and ponds; many of the glorious flowers Sills purchases are delivered to the flower market by trucks and airplanes that contribute to climate change. Sills notes: ‘We can no longer assume that the natural world we have known is eternal.”
Vaughn Sills’ photographs explore how our physical and social environments influence and reflect our deepest inner experiences.
Sills’ photographs have been exhibited in art, history and botanic museums and galleries; they are in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, Harvard Art Museum, the Polaroid Collection, and the Eaton Vance Collection, among others. Several significant awards include two Artist’s Fellowships in Photography by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Other grants and awards have come from the Artadia Dialogue for Art and Culture, the Polaroid Foundation, and The New England Foundation for the Arts. Her books, Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens (2010) and One Family (2001) have earned awards from the Garden Writers Association and the Magazine Association for the Southeast.
Sills lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Prince Edward Island, Canada — where she not only photographs, but quilts and gardens following in the footsteps and learning from the many women before her. Most recently, she’s taught at the Griffin Museum of Photography, and before that at Simmons University, where she is an Associate Professor Emerita of Photography.
Laurie Peeks, In Lieu of Flowers & The Way Home
Laurie Peek created her series, In Lieu of Flowers, in memory of her thirty-seven-year-old son, Jackson R. Turner, who drowned in Tulum, Mexico in July 2020. Because of covid there was no funeral. Drawing on her experience with loss and impermanence, her layered images of flowers, many grown in her garden, serve to honor, not only her son but also her mother, grandmothers, teachers and friends whose funerals she could not attend. “These are the flowers I did not send; they are meant, as well, for those who’ve experienced a similar loss, especially in these covid times,” she says.
The Way Home series grew out of In Lieu of Flowers. Brighter, bolder, reaching out of the frame…. the images signify that life is regaining its richness and meaning as Peek slowly accepts her new reality.
Printed on velum, In addition to her layers of imagery, Peek adds the hand-made, labor intensive element of gilding the backs of her prints with gold and silver metallic leaf. The result are luminous and represent expressions both of profound grief and a celebration of life.
Photographer Laurie Peek of upstate New York brings her poetic eye to everyday phenomena. In her recent work, In Lieu of Flowers and The Way Home, she draws on her experience of loss and impermanence.
Solo shows include: Car Parts: Metallic Transports, Union Arts Center, Sparkill, NY and Rockland Reverso, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY. Recent international group shows include: Abstract Views, International Garden Photographer of the Year, Kew Gardens, London, UK and Barcelona 2021 Foto Biennale, FotoNostrum Gallery, Spain. Her work has been published and reviewed in print and online at, among others, Lensratch 3-2-2022, The Photo Review 2019 Competition issue, and Fraction Magazine 10th Anniversary issue.
A practicing fine art photographer for over twenty years, Peek’s experience in photography is deep. This includes an MFA in photography from Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY Buffalo and work as a photo archivist, photo librarian, photojournalist and gallery manager.
Georgia Landman, Perfect Imperfection
‘Perfect Imperfections’ is about objects Georgia Landman finds in nature that are in a state of decay. When she picks up a leaf, branch or flower she’s astonished by the patterns, intricate details and colors they hold. Fascinated by the aging process, she feels a connection between these objects and how humans age. While people lament their wrinkles, she finds beauty in every stage of life.
Landman approaches photographing her objects as making portraits. She pose them and takes away anything distracting so that they can shine for what they are. Examining her finished work, she sees details that are barely visible to the eye. It is her hope that looking at her Perfect Imperfection images, people will become more comfortable with the topic of aging, and, on occasion, pause to pick up and smell a decaying rose.
A contemporary fine art and freelance photographer, Georgia Landman (American) of New Concord, New York was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, grew up in The Netherlands and moved to the US in 2001.
She has exhibited her work at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA; Vermont Center of Photography, Brattleboro VT; Gutstein Gallery, Savannah GA, and Tivoli Artists Gallery, Tivoli NY. Recent shows in Upstate New York include: The Dig, Millerton, Spencertown Academy Gallery; Thompson-Giroux Gallery, Chatham, and Churchtown Dairy.
Landman earned her BFA in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA, graduating summa cum laude in 2010.
Janine Menlove, Flower Power
Janine Menlove is drawn to photomontage because of its ability to create a narrative of both personal and global reference within a composition of diverse and fragmented visual information. It can breakdown limitations between imagination and reality. Her goal is to offer a slice of beauty and whimsy in our chaotic and divided world. The essential ingredient in her work is the flower—an object that suggests a sense of occasion, contemplation and love.
Janine Menlove has worked as a photographer and managed a commercial photography studio and business for over 30 years. Her work has been published nationally and internationally in brochures, annual reports, magazines and books. Janine lives and works in Northwestern Yonkers. She is an artist member and represented at the Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson.