“Closing Out Winter” — Art Opening at Sitka Creations



February 10, 2015

Contact: Tamar Russell Brown — 978.425.6290

“Closing Out Winter” — Art Opening at Sitka Creations

Five enterprising Central Mass. photographers will exhibit their work, in a photography show celebrating winter, at the studios of Sitka Creations on Sunday, Feb. 22. Each of the five brings a distinctive vision to their art and their vision of the world.

Nature photographer Paul Sihvonen-Binder has been photographing the beauty of the Quabbin Reservoir area in Central Mass. for many years. His photos of the native wildlife and flourishing forests of the Commonwealth catch those moments that are so fleeting and hard to capture for the naked eye. Particularly in his sharp and detailed photos of wildlife, he shows us our precious natural heritage — a legacy we might take for granted, and perhaps miss altogether, without the aid of his sensitive and perceptive art.

Lawrence “Larry” Libby considers himself lucky to have grown up as an army brat in the 1960s in Europe, where he prowled the great museums, and later in the Washington, D.C. area, where he often visited the National Gallery and took classes at the Hirshhorn Museum. This love of painting developed into a love of photographed images, his key influences being the American Regionalists such as Grant Wood, Georgia O’Keeffe and Winslow Homer, as well as legendary photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Photographer Aric Rasmussen grew up in western New York State before moving to central Massachusetts in 2000. Mr. Rasmussen first saw the Formula 1 auto races at Watkins Glen in the 1970s with his father, also a photographer. The younger Rasmussen loves racing photography just as much as his father did, working his way up to the full media credentials that allowed him to shoot inside the spectator fence, right next to the track — an experience he describes as “a total rush.” Aric is now enthusiastically dedicated to this kind of action photography.

Jonathan Route discovered his passion for photography in 2011, when he was searching for a counterbalance to his very stressful career as a corrections officer. Armed with a secondhand camera given to him by his brother, he quickly discovered that he had a natural talent for capturing the very small, intricate details of his subjects. Jonathan now specializes in family and senior student portraits taken in different outside venues. He is donating proceeds from the sale of some of his photos to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which will take place in May in Boston. He has dedicated this project to the memory of this mother, Elaine Route, who was take from Jonathan and his family in 2009 after a long battle with breast cancer.

Daniel Senie is a singer-songwriter and outdoor enthusiast, in addition to being a photographer. Having grown up in both the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts and in the concrete canyons of New York City, he finds interesting subjects in both urban and natural environments. When not found with a camera in hand, there’s a good chance a guitar, harmonica or other instrument will be involved. He and his wife, Faith, perform regionally, singing their original songs and select covers.

This event will take place at Sitka Creations, 2 Shaker Road, D101, Shirley, Mass., on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2 – 5 p.m. We will have music provided by musician and music teacher John Hansen and jazz singer Wangari.

For more information, visit www.sitkacreations.com

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