2014 Davis Orton Gallery Exhibitions

Thank you to our 2014 exhibiting artists for a great year

2014 exhibiting artists

Top to Bottom, Left to Right:  Craig Barber, Steve Anderson, Dana Matthews, Kay Westhues, Wendy Paton, Lear Levin, Karine Larocque, Gary Zuercher, Dima Gavrysh, Andrea Camuto, David Gardner, Stan Raucher, Mary Kocol, Linda Stillman, Patricia Barry Levy, Linda Morrow, Aline Smithson, Meg Birnbaum, Caleb Cole, Susan Copich, Robert Moran, David Welch, Walter Crump, Andrea Rosenthal

DavisOrton-Photobooks-6inlojpgPhotobook 2014 artists at Davis Orton Gallery
Prints and books by Miki Hasegawa, Michael Hunold, Linda Morrow, Rebecca Sittler
oks by: Thomas Alleman, The American Apparel; Rosie Barnes, Understanding Stanley; Karen Bell, Color Field; Andrew Fedynak, The Light of a Fading Sun; Deena Feinberg, Morning Meditations; Poala Ferrario, 19 Pictures, 22 Recipes; Preston Gannaway, Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea; Cathryn Griffith, Weaving Hopes and Prayers; Miki Hasegawa (bos), The Path of Million Pens; Michael Hunold (bos), SHOOT; Robbie Kaye, Beauty and Wisdom; Kay Kenny, Into the Night in the Middle of Nowhere; Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape; Linda Morrow (bos), Calla; Alex Nichols, Proof That Nothing Matters; Nathan Pearce, Midwest Dirt; Rebecca Sittler (bos), All the Presidents’ Men; Kris Vervaeke, Ad Infinitum; Heidi Woodman, Gold Fever; Sebastian Zimmermann, Fifty Shrinks


Davis Orton Gallery and Griffin Museum of Photography logosTwo Exhibitions and Online Catalog/Gallery

Davis Orton Gallery
November 14 to December 21, 2014
Reception for Artists: Saturday, November 15, 6-8pm
 also DINE ART BeLo3rd

DavisOrton-Photobooks-6inlojpg20 PhotoBooks in Exhibition
Photographs by Four Best of Show (bos)
Miki Hasegawa, Michael Hunold,
Linda Morrow, Rebecca Sittler

Jurors: Paula Tognarelli
Executive Director & Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography
Karen Davis: Curator/Co-owner – Davis Orton Gallery

Twenty photobooks PHOTOBOOK 2014

Thomas Alleman, The American Apparel
Rosie Barnes, Understanding Stanley
Karen Bell, Color Field
Andrew Fedynak, The Light of a Fading Sun
Deena Feinberg, Morning Meditations
Poala Ferrario, 19 Pictures, 22 Recipes
Preston Gannaway, Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Cathryn Griffith, Weaving Hopes and Prayers
Miki Hasegawa (bos), The Path of Million Pens
Michael Hunold (bos), SHOOT
Robbie Kaye, Beauty and Wisdom
Kay Kenny, Into the Night in the Middle of Nowhere
Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape
Linda Morrow (bos), Calla
Alex Nichols, Proof That Nothing Matters
Nathan Pearce, Midwest Dirt
Rebecca Sittler (bos), All the Presidents’ Men
Kris Vervaeke, Ad Infinitum
Heidi Woodman, Gold Fever
Sebastian Zimmermann, Fifty Shrinks

Griffin Museum of Photography
January 2015 dates & Reception TBA
42 PHOTOBOOKS in Exhibition

Raymond Adams, America: Witnessed
Thomas Alleman, The American Apparel
Jim Baab, Instagram Photography 2011-2014
Rosie Barnes, Understanding Stanley
Karen Bell, Color Field
Karin Borghouts, The House of My Childhood Burned Down & I Went in to Take Pictures
Lilian Caruana, Rebels: Punks & Skinheads of the East Village 1984-1987
Sebastian Collett, Vanishing Point
Melissa Eder, Bushes and Balls
Andrew Fedynak, The Light of a Fading Sun
Deena Feinberg, Morning Meditations
Paola Ferrario, 19 Pictures, 22 Recipes
Andrew Frost, The Northeast Kingdom
Preston Gannaway, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Richard Gaston, Lancaster City
Cathryn Griffith, Weaving Hopes & Prayers
Miki Hasegawa, The Path of Million Pens
Anne Howard, All that Remains
Michael Hunold, SHOOT
Jos Jansen, Seeds: On the origin of food crops
Robbie Kaye, Beauty and Wisdom
Kay Kenny, Into the Night In the Middle of Nowhere
Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape
Robert Lipgar, Returning
Tom Lowe, Mojave Moonlight, A Series of Nightscapes
Linda Morrow, Calla
Bruce Morton, Forgottonia
Alex Nichols, Proof That Nothing Matters
Franc Palaia, NightLife, Shadow Paintings of Richard Hambleton
Mark Parascandola, Carabanchel
Nathan Pearce, Midwest Dirt
Jaye R. Phillips, Pulse
Don Russell, Caught on Wire
Dianne Jaquith, Schaefer, Crummett Mountain Farm
Rebecca Sittler, All the Presidents’ Men
Liz Steketee, Family Chronic – Samuel The Fox
Kris Vervaeke, Ad Infinitum
Ira Wagner, Superior Apartments
Nicholas Whitman, Sea Shore Sky & Ice
Angilee Wilkerson, Happenings: The Wondrous Prairie
Heidi Woodman, Gold Fever
Sebastian Zimmermann, Fifty Shrinks

October 10 to November 9,  2014

Artists’ Reception, Saturday October 11, 6-8pm

Farms, Farmers, Rural Life

Two Solo Exhibitions

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land

Steve Anderson, Surruralism

Portfolio Showcase:
Dana Matthews and Kay Westhues

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land

Nancy and Toulouse by Craig Barber
Nancy and Toulouse, pigment print from wet plate collodian plate (tintype) by Craig Barber

Steve Anderson, Surruralism

untitled (gold) by steve andersonUntitled (golden), pigment print by Steve Anderson

Portfolio Showcase
Farmers, Farms, Rural Life
The Land, Working the Land, Life in Rural Areas

Dana Matthews, One Farm, One Decade

dana matthews-richard,asa and sybillaDana Matthews – Richard, Asa and Sybilla

Kay Westhues, Rural Culture

Kay Westhues, Bob Edgell, Edgell’s Shoe Shop Knox IN Kay Westhues, Bob Edgell, Edgell’s Shoe Shop Knox IN 

Craig J. Barber, Working the Land

Craig Barber - Eric on Plow w-Horses

Craig J. Barber (Woodstock NY) travels worldwide using antiquarian photographic processes to focus on the cultural landscape. Working the Land, his current project, is a series of tintype portraits from the Catskill region of New York where the agrarian culture is in rapid transition. Barber’s work recognizes and acknowledges individuals; be they hunters, farmers, woodmen, gardeners or foragers; who still have a close relationship to the land and all it offers. He has chosen to work with the (wet collodion) tintype process for its timeless quality and its resonance with an era when our society was more consciously connected to the land. (above: Eric on Plow with Horse by Craig J. Barber)

Bio: Craig J. Barber’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. It is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn NY; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House, Rochester NY; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, AR and many others. His book, “Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited” was published by Umbrage Editions in 2006. Barber conducts classes and workshops in the use of antiquarian processes internationally including the International Center for Photography in New York; the Center for Photography in Woodstock NY and Charles University in Prague CZ.

Steve Anderson, Surruralism

steve anderson, untitled 4 The photographs in Steve Anderson’s series, “Surruralism”, have been taken over a period of ten years and touch upon cycles of life: birth, death, joy, sorrow. They center around life and work on the small family farm in northern Illinois. Anderson’s mysterious imagery reveals the influence of Surrealism and other European art movements prior World War I such as pittura metafisica. Sometimes vaguely threatening, his landscapes, dream-like scenes and mysterious light suggest hidden worlds. All his photographs are created in his camera. He eschews computer manipulation of any sort. (above: Untitled 4 by Steve Anderson)

Bio: A graduate of Oregon State University, Stephen Anderson lived in the Northwest for over thirty years before returning to the family farm where he was born and raised in rural DeKalb County, IL. He has exhibited photographs from Surruralism in both Portland OR and DeKalb, IL. His farm, in his family for almost eighty years, produced soybeans, hay and oats. For the past fourteen years, it has been leased to an organic farmer. Most recently, Anderson has turned his attention to more documentary-style work related to  days in the life of an organic farmer.

 Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring portfolios by Dana Matthews and Kay Westhues

Dana Matthews, One Farm, One Decade

Dana Mathews-sorting potatoes

One Farm, One Decade is a collaboration and book project by Photographer Dana Matthews (Germantown NY) and writer Richard Giles. Farm Work centers on Matthew’s portraits of life and labor on Gile’s Lucky Dog Farm in Delaware County. Three hours out of New York City, in the watershed from which the city drinks with deep rich soils along the rivers, the county is one of the poorest in the state. Hundreds of farms were abandoned there in the 1980’s, but there is a revived interest in small-scale food production spawned by an influx of a new generation of farmers. Many are implementing new ideas and methods of organic and sustainable practices, while walking the tightrope of -mic survival. For over ten years, Lucky Dog Farm has grown “good honest food” for regional farm markets and for the ever hungry populace of New York City. In the process it has become a home to a growing family of dedicated labor with their own growing families, and the bearer of growing debts. (above: Sorting Potatoes by Dana Matthews)

Bio: Photographer Dana Matthews uses traditional and alternative processes for printing her images including wet-plate collodion, cyanotypes and gelatin silver. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and she is represented in domestic and international collections. Recent exhibitions include: Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Leeuwarden Holland at the Fries Museum; a solo show of seascapes at Urban Zen in Los Angeles, CA;  a solo show, The Cruel Radiance of What Is, at chashama gallery in Chelsea, NYC; and a photographic installation and “still life” photographs in Freak Antique at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. “One Farm; One Decade” was recently published in Burn Magazine. Photographs from her Bordello series were recently published in Nude Art Today by Editions Patou. She received a BFA from the University of Alabama and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Kay Westhues, Rural Culture

Kay Westhues, Walkerton Sunset

Rural Culture is photographer Kay Westhues’ five-year project centering on Midwestern rural areas. The work was inspired by the artist’s memories of growing up on a farm in Walkerton IN, where she observed, first hand, the shifts in cultural identity that have occurred through changing economic conditions. Here Weshues show the effects of the demise of local economies that historically sustained rural communities. Many of her images contain the remains of an earlier time when locally owned stores and family farms were the norm. Today chain stores and agribusiness are prevalent in rural communities. These communities are struggling to thrive in the global economy and her images reflect that reality. (above: Kay Westhues, Walkerton Sunrise)

Bio: Kay Westhues’ work is in the collections of the Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame IN and the City of Bloomington IN. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sense of Place: Rural Narratives, South Shore Arts, Munter IN; Well Stories, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN; Fourteen Places to Eat: A Narrative, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame IN. She is a recipient of the Puffin Foundation West Project Grant, the Helen V. Surovek Memorial Award, South Shore Arts, Muster IN and Grants from arts commissions for the state of Indiana. Her work has been featured in Strant Magazine, The American Guide, No Caption Needed and New York Times. She has delivered visiting artist lectures at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY.

 September 5 to October 5,  2014

Artists’ Reception, Saturday September 13, 6-8pm

Two Concurrent Solo Exhibitions:

Wendy Paton | Visages de Nuit

Lear Levin | Burlesque & Cabaret

Portfolio Showcase  
Karine LaRocque & Gary Zuercher

Wendy Paton | Visages de Nuit

Look at Me by Wendy PatonLook at Me, silver gelatin  print © Wendy Paton

Lear Levin | Burlesque & Cabaret

01 Melissa one wing up by Lear LevinMelissa, One Wing Up, 4-color dichromate process print  © Lear Levin

Portfolio Showcase

Karine LaRocque, Of Bacchanalia

Karine LaRocque-Bakkheia 9Bakkheia 9 © Karine LaRocque

Gary Zuercher, Night Life – San Clemente

Gary Zuercher-SanoMartSan’o Mart © Gary Zuercher

Wendy Paton | Visages de Nuit

Thru The Frame by Wendy Paton

Visages de Nuit is a collection of  black and white candid night portraits, shot over a six-year period from 2006-2012 in various international cities.   Paton created this series of nocturnal images to explore the mystery of the night and to bring the viewer into her subject’s nighttime world.  Captured in a brief moment and seen through the subject’s emotions, these images are meant to explore the many layers of the human personality.     Paton observes that people act differently at night.  They let their guard down.  They become who they really are, or they transform themselves into someone real or imagined; who they want to be.  Life seems to become freer flowing as opposed to how people tend to act in the light of day. Her interpretation of these candid moments is further emphasized by the deep contrast and dynamic printing style for this work which conveys the surreal quality of life at night. (above: Thru the Frame, silver gelatin print © Wendy Paton)

bio: Wendy Paton is an award winning American photographer best known for her dramatic, black and white, candid night portraits. Concurrent with this exhibition at the Davis Orton Gallery, the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PA, is presenting Wendy Payton | Nuit Blanche comprised of a premiere selection of Visages de Nuit complemented by a collection of her latest series, Reclaiming Dignity, in an installation of seventy of the artist’s silver gelatin prints. Paton’s work has been widely exhibited in gallery and museum venues internationally and is included in notable private and public collections.  In 2012 a retrospective of her series of nocturnal portraits, “Visages de Nuit”, was exhibited at the museum at The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, Russia, September 4 – November 11,2012.

Book, Visages de Nuit by Wendy PatonPaton’s monograph, “Visages de Nuit”, published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, was released internationally in September 2012, and in the U.S. May 2013 coinciding with her second solo New York exhibition at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.  The book was nominated for the 2013 German Photo Book Award and the European Author Book Award 2013. Her images have been widely published in the press in the U.S., Europe and Russia appearing in CNN WORLD, Prime Time Russia Today Television, Schwarzweiss Magazine, Moscow News, NightStyle Magazine, Le Journal de la Photographie, and The Photo Review among others.

 Lear Levin, Burlesque & Cabaret

Anastasia Cries by Lear Levin

Lear Levin’s series of three and four color gum dichromate and platinum/palladium prints, Burlesque & Cabaret, is an evocation of Weimar Berlin and Backstage at ‘Minsky’s,” New York City, circa 1930’s.  Levin has always been enthralled by the lure of burlesque. He was a regular at The Old Howard Theater in Boston’s Scully Square in the 1950’s and prior to that, at age 13, he snuck into the Globe Theater in Atlantic City New Jersey. During his college days, as an aspiring filmmaker, he often hung out backstage with the cast at The New Follies Theater on Main Street in Los Angeles, hoping some day to make a film on Burlesque.  While he never made that film.  when he retired from motion pictures and took up still photography, Platinum and 3 Color Gum Printing, it seemed natural for him to finally explore what the colorful backstage life might have looked like during the old days of Burlesque.  (above: Anastasia Cries, 3 color gum dichromate print © Lear Levin)

bio:  After graduating from The University of Southern California’s Cinema and Drama Schools,  Lear Levin became a director of award winning documentaries, short films and (literally) thousands of TV commercials, one of which, for Prince Spaghetti, is the longest running in the history of the medium.  His motion picture film work is preserved in the permanent collection of such institutions as The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The George Eastman House.

While directing for film and television, Levin also continued his personal vision of fine art photography.  His regard for the past as well as  his feel for archival, textural printing techniques  led him to the darkroom where he finishes his work using methods such as Gum Dichromate and Platinum/Palladium to create the hand-made images reminiscent of late nineteenth and early twentieth century photography.

Levin has exhibited his work at  Iris Gallery in Boston, Moss & Moss Gallery in San Francisco and in a group show at CCCA gallery, Hudson NY.  His three and four color gum dichromate and platinum prints will be featured at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA in October 2014.

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring outstanding portfolios by Karine LaRocque and Gary Zuercher

Karine LaRocque, Of Bacchanalia

Katrine LaRocque-Modern Dionysus 2

Concert venues, particularly at night, become the playground in which we share our modern day Dionysian impulses. Crowds of people are seen gathered together by the hundreds, foregoing any inhibitions or usual social boundaries of space, to enjoy moments of release and excitement. As a music photographer, LaRocque enjoys to turn the camera away from the action on stage to catch a glimpse of the individuals who take role as active participants in the evening’s vibrant exchange of energy. Music and performers have the power to connect us all through our passions, in moments that showcase the beauty of the human spirit. “It is with great reward that we reunite at night to enjoy the carelessness and chaos of the Bacchus tradition.”

Karine LaRocque is a Montreal-based visual artist with over a decade of influence in the field of pop culture and media. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, as well as in a number of online sources.

LaRocque is inspired by culture and the stories of our generation. After years working in print media and a stint as editor-in-chief at Naked Eye magazine, she decided to focus her attention on photojournalism. She is known for her work on tour with various music artists, as well as for her coverage of sporting events and documentary projects. Her experience mingling with celebrities, subcultures, and people from a variety of backgrounds has provided her with a unique point-of-view that seeks the constant exploration of the world we live in.

Gary Zuercher, Night Life – San Clemente

Gary Zuercher-Outrigger

Richard Nixon’s “Western White House” was located on prime beachfront real estate in San Clemente, CA. Today’s San Clemente is known for two things: surfing and U.S. Marines. Since Camp Pendleton is only a few miles to the south, many Marines, both active and retired, make their homes in San Clemente. Because the best surfing areas are next to Camp Pendleton, and because many Marines are also surfers, there has been considerable tension between the local surfing community and the Marines. Gary Zuercher started photographing night surfing in San Clemente in 2006, partly to record the surfer versus Marines conflict, but also to document the changing cultural attitudes as the area becomes more diverse and the traditional Republican conservative population wanes. By 2010, he was turning his camera inland, towards isolated figures and late night stores that service the area.

Gary Zuercher has exhibited widely in juried exhibitions throughout California. His landscapes of the American West have been featured in Black and White Magazine, Creative Quarterly Magazine and Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Recent work in night photography in the city have been exhibited and received recognition and awards from New York Center for Photographic Art and Paducah KY Photo 2014 at the Yeiser Art Center.  Zuercher studied sculpture, printmaking and design at Bradley University School of Fine Art.

August 1 to August 31, 2014

Artists’ Reception, Saturday August 9, 6-8pm
also DINE/ART BeLo3rd

Dima Gavrysh

Andrea Camuto

Portfolio Showcase 
David Gardner and Stan Raucher

Dima Gavrysh, Inshallah  (God Willing in Arabic)

Dima_Gavrysh_PasabPasab by Dima Gavrysh

Andrea Camuto, Terrain of Loss: Afghan Exiles in Their Own Land

andrea camuto - women in AfghanistanZia, Shabana and Mirwais by Andrea Camuto

Portfolio Showcase
Theme – The Documentary Project:
Work of Personal, Local, National, International Concerns

David Gardner, Life on Wheels: The New American Nomads

Ralph and Patsy, Campground Hosts, UT by David Gardner
Ralph and Patsy, Campground Hosts, UT by David Gardner

Stan Raucher, Los Israelitas – The New Promised Land

Stan Raucher, A Sabbath Prayer-450
A Sabbath Prayer by Stan Raucher

Dima Gavrysh, Inshallah
Dima Gavrysh, TangiInshallah (God willing in Arabic) is a project that explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan, and draws on my childhood fantasies that romanticize the military and intertwine with my past and present personal conflicts.

As a Ukrainian who was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, this is the second time that I live in a country that is fighting a war in Afghanistan. I create a dark fairytale filled with my fears and dreams, based on my fascination with the army’s strength and order, set on the front lines of what has become America’s longest running war in history. Mesmerized by the complexity of the Afghan chaos, I strive to better comprehend my personal relationship to these wars: two empires, two mentalities, same battlefield, twelve years apart. (photo: Tangi by Dima Gavrysh)

bio: Since 2009, visual artist Dima Gavrysh has been exploring the American war in Afghanistan through video installation, photography, appropriated imagery and data visualization.  In addition to the Davis Orton Gallery, Dima has exhibited his work in solo and featured shows at Circuit Gallery, Toronto, Pictura Gallery, Bloomington IN and (upcoming) Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR. Among his awards are Tokyo International Photography Festival/winner, Magenta Flash Forward/winner, PDN’s 30 and Critical Mass Top 50.   His book Inshallah is forthcoming from Kehrer Verlag (2014).

For the past 12 years Dima has worked as a documentary photographer with major publications and news agencies such as Associated Press, Bloomberg News and Agence France-Presse. He has also worked on multiple projects around the globe, including collaborations with Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations Population Fund and numerous recent embeds with the US Army in Afghanistan. Dima’s work has appeared in a variety of international publications, including New York Times, Stern, Paris Match and Time.

Many thanks to Circuit Gallery in Toronto and Claire Sykes, Partner, for all the invaluable assistance in a) bringing Inshallah from Canada to the US and b) curating this collection of Gavrysh’s photographs.  Their  selections from the greater series make for a very powerful exhibition.

Andrea Camuto
Terrain of Loss: Afghan Exiles in Their Own Land

Andrea Camuto, the terrain of lossIn 2005, I made the first of a series of trips to Afghanistan, where I began photographing refugees in makeshift living quarters in the war-ravaged remains of the former Russian government buildings of Kabul. Many families had been in exile for years, having fled the Soviet occupation of the 1980s, the internecine Mujahideen wars of the 1990s when Kabul was under siege, or the Taliban. In 2002,  Afghans began returning to their homeland from Pakistan and Iran after the fall of the Taliban. Nearly everyone I met expressed great relief and looked forward to peace and a new start.

By 2007, an estimated 4.8 million refugees had come back to Afghanistan. Most could not afford the high rents of Kabul, so they settled where they could, hoping to find work that often never materialized. Feeling great compassion for their struggles, I was compelled to return several times, most recently in 2009. As my ties with these families deepened, I followed them into such places as the women’s hospital and the women’s prison. Each trip furthered my understanding of the political and social complexities of Afghan culture. Entrenched attitudes, coupled with rampant illiteracy, create the oppressive conditions under which Afghan women are forced to live.

In these photographs I  call attention to these ordinary Afghans, who go unnoticed and unrecorded in the larger narrative of the conflict in Afghanistan today.

bio: A graduate of the International Center of Photography, Andrea Camuto is a New York City-based photographer whose work explores issues of women and social justice in Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, India and Mali. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the International Center of Photography, Global Fund for Children, the Wilmer Shields Council on Foundations, Photo District News, Critical Mass- Photo Lucida, and Jacob Riis.  Andrea has had solo gallery and museum shows in New York City and San Francisco and contributed to numerous group shows internationally. Her first book, Terrain of Loss, was published by El Leon Literary Arts in 2012 and was a winner in the 2013 PDN Photography Annual. She is currently working on a series of portraits in Haiti.

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase
Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring
portfolios by David Gardner and Stan Raucher.

Honorable Mention:
John Cessna, Lydia Harris, David Hiley, Emma Horning,
Jonah Markowitz, Jérémy Saint-Peyre, Arielle Simmons

David Gardner, Life on Wheels: The New American Nomads

David Gardner-Beverly Solo Traveler-AZDavid Gardner looks at those Americans who have willfully traded traditional lifestyles of home and property for a nomadic existence of full-time life on the road in recreational vehicles. Known as “full-timers”, they are most often retired, but some do still work from their RV’s – using the advantage of mobility to increase flexibility and improve prospects.Gardner finds their fierce independence and positivity toward life a compelling argument to the porch and rocking chair. Photographing them in the environment with their rigs – sometimes traveling with them for extended periods – he has a unique look into a lifestyle that breaks down traditional notions of home and retirement. This journey with them has brought him to unexpected realizations of how the older generation has adapted, evolved and embraced the world around them. “It has changed my attitude of who and what I might become as I age.” (above: Beverly, Solo Traveler, AZ by David Gardner)

Bio:  David Gardner’s photographs have appeared in group shows at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, 4×5 Gallery in San Francisco and Wallspace Gallery’s New Directions showcase, Beautiful My Desire in  Santa Barbara, CA. He was a featured artist in Take Me Away, sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission and received the 2013 Contemporary Image Maker micro-grant from Photomedia Center. Gardner’s work was the featured portfolio in Society for Photographic Education’s journal, exposure and has appeared in Photomedia Center’s publication Insight Magazine. Online, his photographs have been featured on Tone-Lit, Light Leaked, F-Stop Magazine, and aCurator, among others.

Stan Raucher, Los Israelitas – The New Promised Land

Stan Raucher, Welcoming  the Congregation-A lengthy journey down the Amazon River leads to a remarkable location that hearkens back to Biblical times. There, in small agricultural communities scattered along the banks of the river, live Los Israelitas, an Evangelical group formed by Ezequiel Gamonal in Lima, Peru, in 1963. This sect blends the beliefs of end-of-days Christian sects with the pageantry of Hollywood cinema. Gamonal, a village shoemaker from southern Peru who enjoyed the movies of Cecil B. DeMille, converted from Catholic to Seventh-day Adventist in the 1950s. Several years later, Gamonal declared that he had been chosen by God to inaugurate the new Israel, and he proclaimed the Amazon rain forest to be the new Promised Land. He formed his own church and many of his followers left their homes throughout Peru to colonize these remote territories and begin a new way of life.

The beliefs of Los Israelitas reflect early Christianity before the time of Constantine. Using their own version of the bible, they follow many of the laws detailed in the Old Testament. They observe the Sabbath on Saturday. Their sanctuaries contain large posters of the Ten Commandments with a small ark at the front of the building. Men do not cut their hair or beards, and women and girls cover their hair with headdresses. They reject many Catholic doctrines and traditions, so there are no crosses or representation of Christ, Mary or Saints to be found anywhere.
(above: Welcoming the Congregation by Stan Raucher)

Bio:   Stan Raucher’s work has been shown in eighteen solo exhibits and over sixty juried group exhibitions.  He was a CDS/Honickman First book Prize in Photography finalist in 2012 for his Metro series and a Critical Mass finalist in 2012 and 2013. He was featured in LensWork #97 with an interview and his Return to New York series. He was highlighted in Adore Noir magazine #10 with his Avoid Naples! Series.  Raucher’s work has also been published in F-Stop MagazineCamera Arts magazine and Shots magazine. Most recently, he received an Excellence Award in the 2012 Black & White Magazine Portfolio Competition.

June 27 to July 27, 2014

Opening Reception, Saturday June 28, 6-8pm
also DINE/ART BeLo3rd

Mary Kocol

Linda Stillman

Portfolio Showcase 
Patricia Barry Levy & Linda Morrow

Mary Kocol, photography
Ice Gardens

Orange Roses Floating by Mary Kocol 

Linda Stillman, flower stain drawings

Color Study 1 by Linda Stillman

Color Study 1: flower petal stain on paper, 10″ x 7″  by Linda Stillman

Portfolio Showcase

Patricia Barry Levy, Adaptations

Savvy Crane by Patricia Barry Levy
Patricia Barry Levy, SavvyCrane

Linda Morrow, Luminous Bloom

Calla 3 by Linda Morrow
Calla 3 by Linda Morrow 

Mary Kocol, Ice Garden

Morning Glory with Bubble, by Mary Kocol

Drawing upon themes of the garden, landscape, and the ephemeral, Mary Kocol creates botanical ice tablets from gardens of friends, family, and her own. The blossoms are frozen into ice and photographed in sunlight to become fanciful and ethereal constructions. Blooms and ice are temporary; the photograph becomes the permanent art object – the record that they once briefly existed.

The need for hands-on creating inspired Kocol to build this series of ice sculptures. While the water turns into ice, the plants inside drift and float before freezing into place. She doesn’t know what the final result will look like until the sculpture is held up to sunlight. Then the unexpected details are revealed. Sunlight brings radiance to the photograph, lighting up the ice and frozen blooms like shimmering jewels. Ice is depicted in a way that we’re not used to seeing it: with sunlight beaming through, showing off its intricate details of fissures and effervescence. (above: Morning Glory Bubble by Mary Kocol)

 Bio  Mary Kocol is a fine art and editorial photographer based in Boston. Recent one person shows include: Gallery Naga, Boston and Julia Margaret Cameron Museum, Isle of Wight, England UK.  Kocol’s work is in the collection of  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York City; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Fidelity Investments.  She’s a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and several Massachusetts Local Cultural Council grants. Editorial clients include The New York Times MagazineBoston Magazine, and Doubleday.

Linda Stillman, Floribunda

Hillsdale Garden by Linda Stillman

Linda Stillman’s flower stain drawings, Floribunda invoke the bittersweet idea of the passage of time, change and decay in nature: how plants grow and die and how we try to preserve the memory of their fleeting moments of beauty. Her drawings are made from flower petals, rubbed onto paper, creating traces of their ephemeral color while also containing small remnants of the flowers. Many record what is flowering in her gardens in Hillsdale NY and become a kind of diary or scrapbook. (above: Hillsdale Garden by Linda Stillman)

She is inspired by art forms like color charts, minimal art and folk art and by other artists who have done work with plants. “I like to find relationships between the practice of gardening, flower arranging and landscape design and the practice of drawing.” Sometimes she adds a small area of paint or color pencil to give a benchmark of the color for comparison as the plant pigment inevitably fades.

Bio: Linda Stillman,  of Hillsdale NY and New York City, has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around the country, including Hunter College Art Galleries, the Danforth Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. This summer an installation of her plant stain drawings will be on view in the Dorsky Museum’s exhibition “Worlds of Wonder.”  She has been awarded fellowships at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Mark Program and the Wave Hill Winter Workshop. Stillman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the School of Visual Arts and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA).

Portfolio Showcase – Flowers, Floral, Flowery
From plant life to life with flowers:
grown, cut, drawn, imprinted, manufactured. 

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring outstanding portfolios by Patricia Barry Levy and Linda Morrow

Patricia Barry Levy, Adaptations

Savvy Fox by Patricia Barry Levy

The American Great Plains grasslands now rank as one of the most extensively altered ecosystems on Earth. However diminished, the Great Plains are alive with wildlife. The durable presence of so many animals is a tribute to their ability to adapt to our cultivated fields and gardens, fences, roads, and buildings.

Levy creates her photomontages for Adaptations using vintage wallpaper and other found objects, combined with researched and original photographs taken on visits to the Midwest. The clever animal survivors featured are shown incognito in the changed environments they have learned to make their own. Owls, foxes, deer, wild turkey, sandhill cranes, rabbits and robins represent the creatures that return season after season. (left: SavvyFox by Patricia Barry Levy)

bio:   Coloradan Patricia Barry Levy has exhibited her images in galleries, art centers and museums including: Garden City Arts KS, Strecker-Nelson Gallery KS, John Jellico Gallery CO,  and Joslyn Art Museum NE.  Her work is in public and corporate collections including: Children’s Hospital, Denver CO; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha NE; Denver Art Museum, Denver CO and in Vienna, Austria through the Art in Embassies program. Levy has operated a commercial studio in Denver CO since 1985 where she specializes in people/portraiture for major magazines and corporate publications.

Linda Morrow, Luminous Bloom

Poppy 222 by Linda Morrow

Linda Morrow’s Luminous Bloom represents three series: Poppy, Calla and Angel Trumpet, all the result of floral studies she has conducted over the past ten years.  Each series is a foray into multiple exposure and its effect on white flowers she brings into her studio to photograph. She works in the dark: a blossom in focus against black velvet, her camera on a tripod, the shutter open for thirty seconds. Using a variety of light sources and moving her subjects around, she experiments until the shutter closes. In her final image, faint lines and shadows, not visible to the eye, appear. “ In time, I realized that the photographs were less about flowers and more about our perceptions of them.” (left: Poppy 222 by Linda Morrow.)

Bio:   Linda Morrow’s photographs and artist books can be found in numerous online gallery exhibitions, in private collections, in the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection/Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently in LensWork, issue #112, May-June, 2014.

Her interest in photography blossomed in 1994 in a darkroom workshop at Ghost Ranch down the road from Georgia O’Keefe’s former home in New Mexico. From that point on, photography has been a serious pursuit and a priority. In fact, she retired early from teaching college English in order to concentrate more fully on image-making.

May 16 to June 22, 2014

Artists’ Reception, Saturday May 17, 6-8pm

Aline Smithson

Meg Birnbaum

Portfolio Showcase  “Dress Up”
Caleb Cole and Susan Copich

Aline Smithson, Arrangement in Green and Black,
Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother

Aline Smithson_Arrangement 3
Arrangement #3 by Aline Smithson 

Meg Birnbaum, Sisters of the Commonwealth

Tori D'Affair by Meg Birnbaum
Tori D’Affair by Meg Birnbaum

Portfolio Showcase

Caleb Cole, Other People’s Clothes

The Last Page by Caleb Cole
The Last Page by Caleb Cole

Susan Copich, Domestic Bliss

Domestic Bliss by Susan Copich
Happy Days by Susan Copich

Aline Smithson, Arrangement in Green and Black,
Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother

AlineSmithson_Arrangement #14

Aline Smithson’s photographic series, Arrangement in Green and Black, incorporates traditional darkroom techniques to which she has added the richness of hand painting. After Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (Whistler’s Mother), Smithson has posed her 85 year-old mother in 20 ensembles. Here the viewer can see the work in a historical context; experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant formula for the composition; consider the collaborative nature of portraiture, and enjoy the humor within this mother daughter relationship – all at the same time.  (above, Arrangement #14 by Aline Smithson)

Bio: Aline Smithson is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe; her photographs have been published throughout the world, most recently in the New York Times Lens Blog, “The Pictures Rearrange Mom” by Matt McCann.

Smithson’s work is held in a number of museum collections. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual and Visura, Fraction, Artworks, and Lenswork Extended magazines.

Aline founded and writes the widely read, highly praised blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. In 2012, she received the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. She was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from 2008-2012 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center.

 Meg Birnbaum
Sisters of the Commonwealth

Frieda B Fabulous by Meg Birnbaum

There are more than 3000 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence worldwide with eighteen Sisters, Novices, Postulates and Aspirants in the Boston area. For over three years Meg Birnbaum has joined them as they walked in Pride Parades; screamed encouragements alongside them at Boston’s annual AIDS Walk; accompanied them to fancy fundraising dinners at city hotels; brought friends to their monthly Drag Bingo charity events and sailed with them while they sold raffle tickets on Boston harbor cruises. The Sisters welcomed Birnbaum into their lives immediately and appointed her their “photo historian”.

“I am amazed while watching as they artfully manifest into “avatars” of social activism with the seemingly simple goal of inspiring acceptance, compassion and the desire to shift intolerant perspectives while raising money – predominately for causes within the LGBT 
community.” (Frieda B. Fabulous by Meg Birnbaum)

Bio:  Meg Birnbaum is a fine art photographer and graphic designer from Massachusetts. She designs catalogs for the Griffin Museum of Photography and is their Director of Communications. Meg has photographs in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas) and the Lishui Museum of Photography (Lishui, China). She has had solo exhibitions in Kobe, Japan, Lishui, China, Hudson, New York and Boston, Massachusetts. In 2009 she was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Her work has been exhibited in many group show around the United States.

 Portfolio Showcase “Dress Up”

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring outstanding portfolios by Caleb Cole and Susan Copich

Caleb Cole, Other People’s Clothes

Caleb Cole-The Pink Kitchen

Though Caleb Cole is the physical subject in Other People’s Clothes, these are not traditional self-portraits. Instead, they are a product of Cole’s exploration of private moments of expectation, a visual expression of his experiences stepping into the shoes of the types of people he sees on a daily basis. Each photograph in the series is a constructed scene that begins with an outfit or piece of clothing (either bought, found, or borrowed), then a person he imagines to fill those clothes, and finally a location where that person can play out a silent moment alone. This moment is the time right before something changes, the holding in of a breath and waiting, the preparing of oneself for what is to come. “I try on the transitional moments of others’ lives in order to better understand my own.” (above: The Pink Kitchen by Caleb Cole)

bio: Caleb Cole has exhibited at a variety of national venues, including the deCordova Museum of Art (Lincoln, MA), David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University (Providence, RI), and Jenkins Johnson Gallery (NYC). He was featured in Boston Magazine (HOME) as an emerging photographer who is “shaking up New England’s visual arts scene.”

Cole is a 2013 Hearst 8×10 Biennial Winner, 2013 and 2010 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner, 2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner, 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Finalist, 2009 Artadia Award winner, and a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist.  He is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston.

Susan Copich, Domestic Bliss / Family Life

Baggage by Susan Copich

Susan Copich of Hillsdale NY takes a psychological romp through the funhouse of family life.  In Domestic Bliss, American proverbs, idioms and old biblical sayings are the springboard to each dramatic set-up. These sayings help Copich harness her creative impulses and ground them into something old and known.

Copich brings to Domestic Bliss, consciously and otherwise, the experience of her own traverse: from growing up the sixth of seven children in Youngstown, Ohio, to single female living in 1990s San Francisco – radical and free-wheeling, struggling to make the rent – to married mom with two young girls, for a time on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, now the rolling hills of bucolic Columbia County in upstate New York. With the lens as her accomplice, she appropriates moments in the story of family – “my story” – that offer themselves to her in ways that are both dark and humorous.  (above: Baggage by Susan Copich)

bio:   Susan Copich has had professional careers as a modern dancer and Pilates studio owner, and is currently juggling an acting career along with Family Life, upstate, in Hillsdale NY where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

While her camera has long been her companion, it is only recently that she has begun two large projects, “Domestic Bliss” and “India” and a new career as fine art photographer. She has exhibited work from both series in group shows in New York City and in the Berkshires.  Later in 2014 she will have a solo show of “Domestic Bliss” at Umbrella Art in New York City.

April 11 to May 12, 2014

Robert Moran

David Welch

Portfolio Showcase Walter Crump an Andrea Rosenthal

Artists’ Reception, April 12, 6-8pm
& Dine/Art BeLo3rd – restaurant tastings at 10 galleries

Robert Moran, Relics

Robert Moran, Rabbit EarsRabbit Ears by Robert Moran

David Welch, Material World

Shopping Totem by David Welch
Shopping Totem by David Welch

Portfolio Showcase  Objects: Walter Crump & Andrea Rosenthal

Walter Crump, Still Life

Nautilus Machine by Walter Crump

Andrea Rosenthal, Dark Light

Knitting by Andrea Rosenthal
Knitting by Andrea Rosenthal

Robert Moran, Relics

Underwood by Robert MoranIn Relics, Robert Moran honors our inventive past and saves some of its icons from the trash heap of memory. Here portraits of everyday objects, once relied on and now past their prime, become touchstones of an earlier way of life.

Moran photographs each object singly so that the viewer can examine its individual essence.  Cracks, scuffs, rust, mending, patches – they all remind us that these objects are a collection of well used, sometimes taken for granted, sometimes loved, cultural artifacts from a different world not so long ago. (above: Underwood by Robert Moran.)

bio  Robert Moran is a freelance photographer living in a small coastal town in Maine. Recent solo exhibitions include the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA,; Byrdie’s Gallery, New Orleans LA;, Magenta Flash Forward Festival, Boston MA; Running With Scissors Gallery, Portland ME. His photographs have appeared in group shows at Panopticon Gallery, Boston MA, New England Photography Biennial 2013, Danforth Museum, Framingham MA; Kodak Gallery, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO,  and many others throughout the United States. Moran, who has started and run several businesses over the course of twenty years has pursued personal photography projects close to home and on trips through Africa, Asia, South America and, most recently, Anarctica.

David Welsh, Material World

Toy Totem by David WelshIn Material World, David Welch responds to our contemporary consumer milieu with a series of monuments and totems he builds and photographed. With a wink and response to Karl Marx’s assumptions about manufactured objects,Welch treats artifacts of consumer culture as Duchampian Readymades.  His constructions, which speak of accumulation and materiality, encourage debate about consumption and the ways in which we feel compelled to consume.

bio:  David Welch is a fine art photographer based on Martha’s Vineyard. His work explores social issues, using large-format photography steeped in conceptual influences from art history and economic theory. His photographs have been widely published and exhibited both nationally and abroad. David was named one of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward winners for 2012 and in 2011 he was selected as one of Photolucida’s Critical Mass top 50 photographers. David is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned his MFA in photography. He lives on the island with his partner Trina and children Camden & Declan.

Portfolio Showcase “Object(s)”

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Work, the gallery is also featuring outstanding portfolios by Walter Crump and Andrea Rosenthal

Walter Crump “Still Life”

Paper Vessel by Walter Crump

Walter Crump’s still lifes reveal his attraction to the detritus our culture leaves behind. He pays homage to the discarded mechanisms and withered debris of another time, resurrecting them and giving them life as art. He test our perception of reality by creating images that appear as luminous wrecks of a dubious age, blending fiction and reality.

In the past, Crump modified his darkroom prints with bleaches, fixers and toners; now he treats his digital prints comparably shooting through prepared transparent and translucent media and building an image with multiple layers. He experiments with “controlled accidents” in his photographs where consequences beyond his control play an important part in determining the final image.

bio:   Walter Crump’s work is held in the collections of, among others, the New Mexico History Museum; DeCordova Museum; Museum of the History of Photography, Krakow, Poland; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian) and  National Museum of Fine Art, Hanoi VN. Recent exhibits include Pandemonium, The Museum of Photography and the Moving Image, New York; Going Forward, Looking Back, Practicing Historic Photographic Processes, a New England traveling exhibition; PHOTONOLA, Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans.

Crump who has exhibited and lectured widely about pinhole photography was co-curator of Seven Pinhole Photographers from Poland (traveling exhibition).  He is a teacher at the Commonwealth School, Boston. He has also taught at the National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan as a Fulbright Scholar and at the Mississippi Art Colony as a guest instructor.

Andrea Rosenthal, Dark Light

Empty Chair by Andrea Rosenthal

In Dark Light, Andrea Rosenthal responds to the loss of five dear friends by exploring light as it came through the windows of her home and touched everyday objects. Her photographs, which alternate between abstraction and realism, considers light both as “grief-like, finding its way into every recess” and as a metaphor for the healing process, “the way through which acute pain eventually subsides and transforms itself into a warm memory of loved ones lost.”

bio:   Andrea Rosenthal’s photographs have been exhibited in solo and featured shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography; Newbury College Gallery; Brookline Arts Center (Brookline, MA); Gallery of Village Arts (Bellingham, WA); and Calumet Photographic (Cambridge, MA).  Her work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions, most recently, Cambridge Art Association’s “Twelfth National Prize Show;” “Photography Now”, the 2012 National Exhibition at the Griffin Museum; and “Photobook 2011” at the Davis-Orton Gallery, Hudson  NY.

Rosenthal has received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council; and awards including: Award of Merit, “Media Mix — National Juried Exhibition,” South Shore Art Center and  International Photography Awards (Lucies) Honorable Mention, 2005 and 2004.  Her book “Stations of the Scale: A Photographic Memory About Food and Suffering” (Lulu) was published in 2010. Rosenthal conceived of and curated “Women 360,” an exhibition that featured the work of eight artists at the South Shore Art Center, Cohasset MA.

April 5, 2014 – 5 to 8 pm

Davis Orton Editions Launch Party

and two day Pop-Up Store: April 5 to April 6, noon to 6pm


Davis Orton Editions Graphic

(Above, sample of artists – Top to bottom, left to right) Andi Schreiber, Arlene Becker, Elliot Ross, Ernie Button, Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith, Susan Bowen, Judith Black, Kay Kenny, Ruth Wezell, Meg Birnbaum, Richard Edelman, Stephen Strom, Michael Hunold, Kent Krugh, Sarah Sterling, Lynette Miller, Dan Region, Terri Garland, Miska Drascoczy, Jim Nickelson, Dianne Yudelson

Thank You to the Exhibiting Artists, 2013

Exhibiting Artists 2014

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Stephen DiRado, Bob Avakian, Miska Draskoczy, Susan Bowen, Benjamin Dimmitt, Debi Milligan, Keiko Sono, Anna Beeke, Kent Krugh (below), Tamara Staples, Rebecca Doughty, Dianne Yudelson, Jim Nickelson, Janet Sternburg, Barbara Kilpatrick, Pavel Romaniko, James Bellucci, Ellen Feldman, Charlee Brodsky, Stefan Petranek, Tony Bowen, Carla Shapiro, Kate Sterlin, Andi Schreiber, Shane Welch