Mary Beth Blackwell Chapman
November 1 - 28
Gallery Hop: Friday, November 6, 7 –10 p.m.
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Kimberley Varnadoe: Tintype Treasures and other Photographic Works on Metal
September 27 - October 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 11, 2 - 4 pm
Gallery Hop, Friday, October 2, 7 - 10 p.m.
Varnadoe's work draws on nostalgic imagery of abandoned spaces, cemetery statues, old family photographs and other memory-evoking themes.
"I have always been interested in abandoned spaces that have had a vibrant past life yet now sit empty, with a few skewed remains of the past. I have documented many such buildings and spaces over the years through traditional and experimental photographic techniques. My most recent creative photography experimentation has been with the wet plate collodion process called tintypes. This is a technique that dates back to the 1800’s and is gaining interest with artists that enjoy working in a wet darkroom.”
Varnadoe has a BFA in painting from the University of South Alabama. Her MFA degree is in printmaking from the University of Memphis. She has also studied traditional and experimental photography. She is a professor of studio art at Salem College, where she's been teaching for more than 20 years.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during gallery hours.
Kimberly Varnadoe, “Family Album:”, wet plate collodion tintype, 7” x 5”
Kimberley Varnadoe "The Two-seater”, wet plate collodion tintype, 3.5” x 4.5 “