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Hollingsworth Art Gallery

Each month the Hollingsworth Art Gallery exhibits wildlife-themed art by local and by nationally-known artists. 

July 2016 - Artist of the Month

Melvin Black

Melvin Black describes his life as a photographer as “a journey that continues to excite and bring joy.” He bought his first camera, a 35mm Argus C3, when he joined the navy (the recruiter had promised he would see the world) and Black did indeed. He recorded experiences in European capitals and preserved his images on slides – all without aim of developing skills, but after his discharge and return to civilian life, he met a “fellow camera enthusiast” whose approach to photography helped Black totally change his focus. 

Sophisticated gear and an appreciation of the possibilities of photography for storytelling and as art spurred him into a class and workshops led by an experienced professional.  Black never gave up his day job as a Human Resources Professional, but has stayed happy with the “freedom and flexibility” of a “serious amateur” and after retirement in 1994 has had even more opportunity to travel across the country.  His subjects have been landscapes, streetscapes, portraits, and underwater images along coral reefs.

Black writes that in the past decade, he’s gradually made the transition to digital technology with Photoshop and Light Room software with which he’s actually able to utilize skills honed in “old” darkrooms.  He also enjoys tools in special software to producing final images. This summer, he’ll show those captured in national parks and refuges.
August 2016 - Artist of the Month
Janet Bradley

We welcome Janet Bradley to her first exhibit in the Hollingsworth Gallery.  In the early ‘40’s Grammatiny (a name adopted from grandchildspeak) spent her first six years in the mountains of Colorado – and the next two on an 800 acre farm with a private beach on Long Island (where her mother was employed).

Woods, hills and fields make up comfort zones you never get over and always long for. Bradley writes that without playmates nearby, she spent many hours walking in the woods, looking for birds. but she put nature and nature photography on hold until some twenty years ago when for a period, Bradley did some for arts and crafts shows.  Now though, as a retiree, she writes that she is “thoroughly addicted” to the craft.

She had exhibited, but stopped when her daughter could no longer help her with setting up. Her photos grace greeting cards – sold by the box and, in larger sizes, beautify her church. Bradley’s subjects include wildlife, “small critters,” butterflies and waterfowl as well as scenery. She is delighted that her hobby/business finances this avocation she loves.

And Don't Miss... 
Unique and lovely Peruvian carvings of birds from semi-precious stones will be featured in our display cases. Fellow-countryman, Giancarlo Readi, who worked closely with an artistic family near Lima, and who designed some of the pieces, is making them available for us to enjoy.
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2016
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