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January 13 - February 6, 2015

Marvelous Things: The Art of Still Life

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Sarah Austin - Tuscaloosa, AL Untitled
Bauer_Amelia_2ForAManToAttractAWoman
Amelia Bauer - in collaboration with Elizabeth Parks Kibbey Cherry Valley, NY Book of Shadows: For a Man to Attract a Women He Desires
Brill_Tim_3OrangeonaString
Tim Brill - Portland, OR
Orange on a String
Cantor_Ellen_2BlackBeauty
Ellen Cantor - Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Black Beauty
Chen_Xiangyun_Facade
Xiang-yun Chen - Elmhurst, NY
Façade
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García de Marina - Gijón, Spain
Untitled
DiTosti_Roy_3WebwormNestHabitat
Roy DiTosti - Stow, MA
Web Worm Nest Habitat Series
DuBois_John2BathBar
John DuBois - Issaquah, WA
Bath Bar
Frumin_Vladimir_4_Still_life_with_an_apple_or_for_whom_the_bell_tolls
Vladimir Frumin - Houston, TX
Still-life with apple or "Save the Child"
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Eran Gilat - Rehovot, Israel
Untitled from "Life Science" series
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Mark Hobson - Au Sable Forks, NY
Bowl/Tray
Howe_Eleanor_4SlideNumbers1
Eleanor Howe - Belmont, MA
Slide Numbers 1
Indig_Mark_4BambooCharlie
Mark Indig - Valley Village, CA
Bamboo Charlie
Johnson_NancyA_13FlowerDo
Nancy A. Johnson - Minneapolis, MN
Flower-do, Columbia Rd. Flower Market, London
Kivlon_Alice_exoskeleton_1
Alice Kivlon - Kinnelon, NJ
Exoskeleton 1
Ladd_Tom_comb_sheets
Thomas Ladd - North Easton, MA
Comb and Sheets
Lamb_Molly_1InTheirPursePockets
Molly Lamb - Quincy, MA
In Their Purse Pockets
Lopez_Joyce_1Corn
Joyce P. Lopez - Venice, FL
Corn
Lundquist_Ingrid_3SidewalkStillLifewithApricots
Ingrid Lundquist - Roseville, CA
Sidewalk Still Life with Apricots
Malcom_Kally_2_For_the_Picking_2
Kally Malcom - Jacksonville, FL
For the Picking #2
Martinez_Hugo_3_MorningPreparation
Hugo Martinez - San Miguel, CA
Morning Preparation
Minahan_Alyssa_2No6
Alyssa Minahan - Chestnut Hill, MA
No. 6
Morgan_Gaylen_6Venus
Gaylen Morgan - Cambridge, MA
Venus
Niles_Dale_5TheGreenPea
Dale Niles - Fayetteville, GA
The Green Pea
Rosser_Donna_3Family_Tree
Donna Rosser - Fayetteville, GA
Family Tree
Sakasegawa_Michael_2Alvin
Michael Sakasegawa - San Diego, CA
Alvin
Shively_Stephanie_1
Stephanie Shively - Columbia, SC
August
Stanczak_Malina_2
Malina Stanczak - Alexandria, VA
Untitled
Stokan_Steve_2InTime
Steve Stokan - Flower Mound, TX
In Time
Swain_Elizabeth-2ThreeLedgers
Elizabeth M. Swain - Medfield, MA
Three Ledgers
Taylor_Peter_1GhostOfStAlbans
Peter Taylor - Grand Rapids, MI
Ghost of St. Albans
Urban_Joanne_2Beets
Joanne Urban - Delray Beach, FL
Beets
Vasquez_Idalia_La_Mesa
Idalia Vasquez - Rockville, MD
La Mesa
Voros_Ildiko_3E75thstreet
Ildiko Voros - New York, NY
E75th street
Wagner_Dan__5Peaches
Dan Wagner - Huntington, NY
Peaches
Waits_Andrew_1MightyCracker
Andrew Waits - Seattle, WA
Mighty Cracker
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Charlotte Woolf - Charlotte, NC
Pillow Talk
Yates_Bill_MotorHotel_4
Bill Yates - Jacksonville, FL Motor Hotel
Bloomquist_Charly_1DomesticDebrisHairAndLint002
Charly Bloomquist - Walla Walla, WA
Domestic Debris: Hair and Lint 002
DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD
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Gloria DeFilipps Brush - Duluth, MN
(8104 teabag geographies)
Agrons_Geoffrey_7StillLifewithPersimmon
Geoffrey Agrons - Kensington, CA
Still Life with Persimmon
Alexander_Emily_3OurElders
Emily Alexander - Somerville, MA Our Elders
Allen_Lisa_2DewieatWork
Lisa M. Allen - Washington DC
Dewie at Work
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Brian Alterio - New York, NY
Found Objects - 7.23.13
Amadee_Meredith_4GinasRoom
Meredith Amadee - Phoenix, AZ
Gina's Room
Berry_Nicola_1HappyBirthday
Nicola Berry - Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong, China
Happy Birthday
Covington_Robert_4StillLife04
Robert L. Covington - Brooklyn, NY
Still Life 04
Cundy_David_AfterFraJuanSanchez
David Cundy - Littlehampton, West Sussex, United Kingdom
After Fra Juan Sanchez
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Peter D. Erhard - Riverside, CA
Sculptor's Studio
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Karen Florek - Venice, CA mushroom
Goodman_Jack_IMG_DEN
Jack Goodman - Middlebury, VT
Den
Grubb_George_3AdmiringPaulCezanne
George Grubb - New York, NY
Admiring Paul Cezanne
HallBrown_Leslie_3TheMouseThatRoared
Leslie Hall Brown - Ash Grove, MO
The Mouse That Roared
HamelLambert_Lawrence_2_Remembering_Dad
Lawrence Hamel-Lambert - Albany, OH
Remembering Dad
Henry_Sue_Inheritance
Sue Henry - Nolensville, TN
Inheritance
Hinkle_Harry_3StaircaseWithLemons
Harry Hinkle - Lexington, KY Staircase With Lemons
Jacobs_Susan_6_BodiesofLight
Susan Jacobs - Brooklyn, NY
Bodies of Light
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Michael T. Jermyn - Montpelier, VT Tea With Vincent
Jones_Morrow_04_KitchenCounterWinter
Morrow Jones - New Hartford, CT
Kitchen Counter, Winter
Krausch_Georg_1Toolshed
Georg Krausch - Hamburg, Germany
Toolshed
Lopez_Andrew_1_Red_Progression
Andrew Thomas Lopez - Chicago, IL
Red Progression
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John MacKenzie - Alameda, CA
Prints
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Jim McKinniss - Redondo Beach, CA Two Tulips
McQuillen_Nin_2WhiteStar
Nin McQuillen - St. Petersburg, FL White Star
Myers_HalRobert_3TheTierranauts
Hal Robert Myers - Newport Beach, CA
The Tierranauts
Pyles_Heather_3Tomatoes
Heather Pyles - Columbia, MO Tomatoes
Raftery_Josh_5
Josh Raftery - Athens, OH
Found, and Studied
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Astrid Reischwitz - Bedford, MA
The Gift of Regret, Regret #1 (Apple)
Russell_Don_4CrotonLeaves
Don Russell - McKinney, TX
Croton Leaves
SalmonJimmy1AsparagusandArtichoke
Jimmy Salmon - Longview, TX
Asparagus and Artichoke
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Patricia Sandler - Los Angeles, CA
St. Sebastian
Shepard_Nick_3Primaries
Nick Shepard - Portland, OR
Primaries, 2012
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Malina Stanczak - Alexandria, VA Untitled
Stromee_V2DollysTravels
Vicky Stromee - Tucson, AZ
Dolly's Travels - Family Farm
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Ralph Whitehead - London, United Kingdom
Still Life With Pills

Juror's Statement

I love still lifes. In this era of mounting distractions, the still life genre allows for slowed-down time and consideration. I love the meditative process of creating something special out of a group of objects that are often considered mundane and lackluster. I love recognizing the still lifes that surround our daily lives, whether it be a tableau on a dresser top, a single flower elevated through light and composition, or a pile of discarded objects along side a road. Many of the photographs that I selected for the exhibition look at still lifes with a unique point of view—made fresh by the reinterpretation of objects, seeing ordinary things anew, considering new subject matter to be used in a still life, or simply by bringing a level of excellence to their image-making. In addition to new ways of seeing, there were a host of beautifully executed traditional interpretations inspired by classic Dutch Master compositions and lighting. I also appreciated surreal approaches, the elevation of things we find on our dinner tables, and interior spaces composed so that we take a second look. It was truly thrilling and inspiring to consider all the possibilities.

A big thank you to the Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery for their continued support of fine art photography and for creating so many wonderful opportunities for exhibition. Another thank you to all who submitted, as I so enjoyed spending time with your work. Congratulations to those selected, and long live the still life.

- Aline Smithson

About the Juror

Aline founded and writes the blogzine Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, and is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don't Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines.

She has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Center of Fine Art Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections.

Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and online magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a juror for Critical Mass from 2009-2013, and a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States.

Learn more about Aline Smithson through her website, here.

Call for Entries

Still life is one of the great traditional art forms. Its roots in photography go back to the earliest days of the medium, and its modern practitioners include many of the 19th- and 20th-century photographic masters. We invited photographers to push the limits of how they thought of "still life" and were thrilled to have Aline Smithson as juror for the exhibition.