‘Painting with Light’ photography exhibit at PAC

An invitational exhibit by six award-winning Wisconsin photographers will open in Gallery 110 North of the Plymouth Arts Center on Friday, March 18th. “Painting With Light…many ways” presents images created in a wide variety of photographic processes from the very traditional to digitally enhanced and some techniques that utilize no camera at all.

The exhibit will run from March 18 through May 13. The exhibiting artists are: Tom Ferderbar, Marcia L. Getto, Doris K. Hembrough, William Lemke, Vicki Reed and Dale Van Minsel.

Tom Ferderbar studied formally at the Layton School of Art followed by a rare opportunity to study under Ansel Adams, the great landscape photographer. He was the owner of Ferderbar Studios providing high quality commercial photography to the Milwaukee area for many years. Ferderbar is located in Delafield, WI. His work reflects a documentary and yet emotional approach with very little digital manipulation. Milwaukee Public Television recently featured Tom and his creative work on The Arts Page.

Marcia Getto of Madison, WI, invites viewers to ‘take a walk with her’ through this exhibit and enjoy the details, colors and shapes that create the most wonderful masterpieces that Nature has to offer. Marcia’s most recent art and photography education includes course work at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photo Workshops, Pacific Northwest Art School and Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Her photographs are printed with archival pigment inks on 100% cotton fi- ber, acid-free, lignin-free paper.

Doris Hembrough is primarily self-taught. She states, “I work with natural light. I do not manipulate the scene, the subject matter, the exposure or the printing process. It is not the film, the camera or the printing process that is special, it is the light. I see it, am sensitive to it and wait for it.” She has exhibited in galleries across the country from California to Maine, as well as Madison and Milwaukee. Doris shares her time between her home studio in Cassville, WI and Madison.

Bill Lemke’s passion has been landscape photography for most of his life. He is experienced in both fine art and commercial photography. “I choose to work in black and white because it encourages me and the viewer to concentrate on texture, tonality and the emotional qualities of light. My images are created using either a 4x5 or 8x10 film camera and traditional darkroom processes following the archival standards set forth by Ansel Adams for making silver gelatin prints.” Lemke lives and works in Waukesha, WI.

Vicki Reed is based in Cedarburg, WI. In the years well before the advent of digital photography, the iPhone and Photoshop, Reed began her career as a photojournalist. She now has time to fully explore these areas. “I am showing three bodies of work in this exhibit and two of them involve no camera at all. A digital photogram is created when objects are placed directly on a flatbed digital scanner and scanned creating a digital file that can be printed later. A lumen print is a similar process. Live plants are placed directly on light sensitive black and white photographic paper, then covered with glass and placed in the sun to develop. As the plants deteriorate, they react with the chemicals in the paper and create colors. Results are always a surprise. Finally, pinhole photos are made with a simple lens-less camera, a wooden box with a tiny pinhole in it. With no viewfinder, composing the shot is a challenge. All this confirms my belief that photography has less to do with the cameras and other equipment and everything to do with light.”

Dale Van Minsel refers to himself as an iPhonographer. He has taught photography classes and workshops and been the public relations photographer for two colleges. Dale’s work has been exhibited at galleries throughout Wisconsin, nationally in New York City and internationally in Ferrara and Verona, Italy and in Paris, France.

“My fine art work is creating unique images mostly using iPhone and photo applications. I’ve always enjoyed making photo images depicting ‘altered landscapes’ and ‘possible dimensions’. iPhonography and photo applications allow me to produce unique images without additional cost or equipment limitations”.

The public is invited to meet the Artists at the Opening Reception from 4:30-7 p.m. on Friday, March 18. There will be a Gallery Talk from 4:30-5 p.m. Live musical entertainment will be presented from 5:00-7 p.m. by pianists: Christian Henke, Julia Henke, Greta Thoresen and Caroline Danforth. Presenting sponsors for the exhibit are: Plymouth Furniture & Bedding Showrooms and Sargento.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 - 4 pm, Saturday - Sunday, Noon-3 pm. Closed Mondays and Holidays. Admission is always free. Please visit the Plymouth Arts Center Gift Shop for fine art gifts made by our members. For more information contact The Plymouth Arts Center, 920-892- 8409 or visit us at www.plymoutharts.org

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