The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of photographs by four photographers titled “Landscapes and Seascapes.” Photographers Anne T. Converse, Barry J. Cronin, Elly-May O’Toole, and Ronald Wilson have submitted works depicting either seascapes and/or landscapes from around the world and in our own backyard. From action-packed sailing scenes to serene rolling hillsides, the photographs transport us instantly right to the moments captured. The show will run until June 1.
Anne T. Converse is a New England-based freelance documentary photographer. For the past 25 years, Anne has been taking pictures that reflect her love for horses, wooden boats, people, and places. She graduated in 1970 from Endicott College and furthered her education at the New England School of Photography from 1971 to 1973. Her travels have taken her throughout the United States and Alaska, to Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Nepal, Africa, India, the Seychelles, Caribbean, and Granada. She is co-author and photographer the book titled Wood, Wind & Water, A Story of the Opera House Cup Race of Nantucket, released in 2002. She is also associate producer for the video documentary “Wood, Wind & Water, Classic Yacht Racing in Antigua Regatta, 1999.”
Barry J. Cronin: “Photography is my passion and full-time vocation; the result of a long journey working in media; as a film, TV and Internet producer. But I have always been interested in still images. I travel the world looking for the shot not yet taken. It’s that precise moment in time when the light is just right, a flower is in best form, or the action tells a story. Watching and waiting for those moments is exciting. Each day of shooting is the beginning of an unknown journey. I shoot hundreds of images at each location looking always for that one special shot.”
Elly-May O’Toole: “I am an artist who has a home toward the end of the Cromesett Peninsula. I am a Boston Public School Science teacher for the academic year. I work full-time all summer on my art and part-time for the rest of the year. This past summer I concentrated on sunset over the Weweantic River and sunrise over Cromesett Point.”
Ronald Wilson: “An awareness of the visual possibilities present in the world around us. Through the creative use of the elements of line and texture, color and shape, I hope to absorb the viewer in the aesthetic qualities found in a palette of lichen clinging to a granite boulder or pond lily pads floating in the still reflection of fall foliage or a windblown ridge of a sand dune etched sharply against a cloudless blue sky. The close contact with nature that I experience through photography has made me intimately aware of the expressive potential of the landscape and it is those qualities that reveal something essential about the subject that I seek to convey in my photography.”
The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street. The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.