Photowork 2017 had its big opening this past Saturday at our gallery on Noxon Street to celebrate its thirtieth year. People from throughout the Hudson Valley came out on a surprisingly mild Mid-January afternoon to see the year's top selections for this exhibition. Unlike past Photowork exhibitions, three jurors(instead of one) were chosen to spearhead the selection process: Issac Diggs (School of Visual Art), Rebecca Morse (LACMA), and Robert Stevens (Time Magazine, School of Visual Art). Each juror's personal tastes and professional opinions set the tone of the exhibition with unique works that gave the entire exhibition not just one general theme or personality. While most of the show included photographers from around the country, local artists also earned recognition. The subject matters for the exhibitions were various; from landscapes to portraits, to outer space and still life. This year's artists tend to bend the medium of photography to their own desires, manipulating techniques to alter images that defy reality itself. Guests were excited to see the array of work in the exhibition, impressed with the caliber of art and installation that Barrett is able to present.
While Photowork gathered attention downstairs, the Crenson Gallery drew guests to the second floor for the first of three Juried Members' Shows in 2017 Juror Lynn Palumbo, Director of the Washington Gallery at SUNY Dutchess Community College, chose an assembly of member artists whose works came together in a perfect blend of surreal abstraction. Photowork and the Juried Members' Show are open to the public free of charge during regular gallery hours and will close on March 4, 2017.
- Nikki Hung