Arts Calendar: Photography in Southern Vermont
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The Feick Arts Center is pleased to announce our first exhibit of the season. “Stephen Petegorsky - Photography” opens on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont with a reception from 5-7pm including refreshments, music, and a chance to meet the artist. The exhibit features a series of images based on cleared and stained animal specimens that Petegorsky remakes into haunting photographs that highlight the poetic and lyrical qualities of morphology.
Growing up in New York City, Stephen Petegorsky’s exposure to animals was limited. He saw dogs, squirrels, and depressed creatures in their depressing surroundings at the Central Park Zoo. But he was fascinated by the dioramas in the Museum of Natural History. There, the science and art of taxidermy combined with props and painted backgrounds allowed him to see animals in a manner that would otherwise have been impossible; it fueled his curiosity to no end.
Cleared and stained specimens are equally captivating to Petegorsky. In this process used by scientists to study morphology, small mammals, reptiles, fish, and amphibians are soaked in a solution that renders tissue transparent, and stains are used to make bones and cartilage a darker color. This allows their interior structure to be visible, giving us a window into a world that is beautiful, elegant, and complex. It serves as a point of departure for Petegorsky’s imagination.
Born in New York City, Petegorsky has lived in western Massachusetts for over 40 years. He graduated from Amherst College in 1975 as a Fine Arts major, and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.
His creative work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut, and currently works as a freelance photographer specializing in photography of artworks.
He has been interested in animals – alive, dead, taxidermed – for as long as he can remember.
His exhibit at the Feick Arts Center runs from Friday, September 14 until Friday, October 12. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The opening reception runs from 5-7pm on Sept. 14. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday by chance or appointment. The Feick Arts Center is located at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. For more information call 802-287-8398 or visit us online at www.Facebook.com/TheFeick.
9/14/18 9:00am - 10/12/18 5:00pm
Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College, Poultney