June 24, 2008 |

Silver Eye exhibit features 250 Years of Plants

An opening reception for 250 Years of Plants: Photographs by Regional Photographers will be Thursday, June 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, South Side.

The reception is free for members and students, non-members $5. Refreshments will be served. Silver Eye will present new botanical images from sixteen Western Pennsylvania area photographers as well as a few glimpses into historically significant gardens from Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

The exhibit celebrates the splendor and richness of the region's flora. The botanical works on display range from recent photographic studies of locally grown flowers such as lilies of the valley and forsythia, to Polaroid film emulsion lifts of Japanese Nettle and Norway maple Seeds on watercolor paper, to several views of historic private gardens.

The photographers were specifically asked to capture subject matter from the Western Pennsylvania region. Some visited nearby trails and gardens, while others were drawn to their own backyards.

Exhibiting photographers include Sue Abramson, Gayle Bair, Ruthanne F. Bauerle, Mary Jane Bent, Tim Fabian, John A. Fobes, Claudia Giannini, Gerald Hare, Stephen Y. Lai, Amy Kathleen Lamb, JoAnne Lightner, Anne Medsger, Dan Mohan, Duane Rieder, Donald M. Robinson, and Fiona Wilson.

All methods and kinds of botanical images are on display. The photographic styles and techniques vary from one artist to the next. Some photographers have worked digitally, while others have created one-of-a-kind silver gelatin photograms, Selenium toned silver chlorobromide emulsion prints, Polaroid emulsion lifts, and more.

Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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