The Mankiw Gallery is pleased to announce the show “The Nuances of Nature: Landscapes, Flowers, Animals & Abstracts” comprised of original photographs by local photographer Alice Solorow, with an opening reception on Thursday evening, November 9th, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and available for viewing through February 9th, 2018.
This show was designed and hung in the salon style, from the 19th-century concept where the artwork of all different sizes was hung in close proximity to one another. Each piece was also custom-framed by the photographer to complement each individual image.
Alice Solorow lives in Watertown, MA and started out as a music and theatre major when she earned her B.A. from Connecticut College. For a year after graduating, she performed in a children’s musical theatre show, traveling to numerous elementary schools throughout the New England area. The following summer, she took the opportunity to drive cross-country to see, photograph and explore much of America. It was a life-changing experience and gave Alice the impetus to want to study photography, enrolling in The New England School of Photography to study and earn a two-year associate’s degree. She started out using only black and white film, then moved on to shooting and printing color negative film and then progressed to using slide (positive) film. After graduating from NESOP, her former children’s theatre director hired her to be the photographer for the summer theatre program then located at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School campus in Waltham. This challenging but fantastic learning experience taught her to photograph theatrical performances as well as headshots of each actor, process and print them overnight for display the next day. It was during that summer that Alice was also hired to teach for the year-long high school photography program at CH-CH and has been teaching photography there ever since. She earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the Univ. of MA. (Boston campus) while working full time at the school.
Photography has changed drastically in the past 30 years. Starting out exclusively using black and white film, processing and printing it on her own in a darkroom, provided a strong foundation. Switching to color negative and positive (slide) film was challenging due to the need for different chemistry and printing techniques. With the introduction of the digital photography era, Alice had to become a student again, taking many classes and workshops to learn how digital photography and computer manipulation worked. It has drastically changed how we capture, view, store and print images. Even the camera is different although the basic ‘ways of seeing’ are the same. Alice continues to try and keep up with all of the changes in the photography world as smaller yet more intricate cameras (and phones used as cameras) continually evolve along with the technologies that accompany this medium.
Despite her professional experience photographing weddings, family and children's portraits, and travel images, Alice decided to show images of nature in its purest form for this gallery show. Natural light, pattern shape, and color have always been at the forefront of her work. Affected deeply by the seemingly endless catastrophes experienced recently in our world such as hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, and the devastation caused by climate change that are all impacting our planet, she felt it timely to remind us all how fragile yet amazingly resilient our planet is, despite all of these recent disasters. Being grateful to see and experience so much of nature’s beauty, grandeur and diversity despite these current challenges, will hopefully make us all want to work harder to keep our planet (and its ecosystems) safe from harm and accessible to all for generations to come.
The Mankiw Family Gallery is located at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, 375 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA, 02452. The Mankiw Family Gallery offers exhibitions that explore the breadth of contemporary art featuring emerging to mid-career professional artists and periodically showing the art of faculty, staff, and alumni. Gallery hours are 8:00 - 3:00 p.m. Please send appointment requests to firstname.lastname@example.org