UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS AT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
Group exhibition of music photography
October 14 – December 22, 2017
Opening reception Saturday, October 14, 2 pm - 4 pm
featuring live music by the sawtelles
Photographs by Kaitlin Anne (Just Vibe Photo), Todd Atkinson, Pete Brunelli, Kathleen Cei, Michael Friedman, Katrina Goldburn, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez, Bobby Grossman, Lys Guillorn, Tom Hearn, Hank Hoffman, Alisha Martindale, John C. Miller, Hasna Muhammad, Audra Napolitano, Karen Ponzio, Jen Stephens, and Catherine Vanaria.
"LOUD" is a group exhibition of music photography by sixteen artists from Connecticut, one from New York, and one from Florida/New York. The exhibition was curated by Lys Guillorn, who is Gallery Director of the Gallery at Still River Editions, and is also a musician.
Music photographers spend concerts poised behind their lenses, waiting to pounce on singular moments that will never be repeated. They capture the essence of the concert going experience, and it is the viewer's mind that supplies the music.
Bands/performers photographed include a mixture of touring acts and Connecticut locals -- Prince, Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones), Debbie Harry (Blondie), The Ramones, Joan Jett, Brian Samuel Robinson (The Tet Offensive), George Clinton, Maria Brink (In This Moment), Tang Sauce, Jeff Cedrone (Light Upon Blight), Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), The Sawtelles, Amy Helm, daniprobably, Kryssi Battalene (Headroom), Raena White (Not Exactly Broadway), Save Ferris, and The Gravel Pit.
Music for the opening will be by Plantsville group The Sawtelles.
Photographer bios and links (marked with blue-highlighted text) below
Kaitlin Anne is a professional photographer who chronicles the Connecticut live music scene through her company Just Vibe Photography. Working with local artists and covering national touring acts such as The Misfits, Yonder Mountain String Band and Tank & the Bangas, Kaitlin takes an inspired approach to concert photography that combines her formal training, her deft eye for composition and her instincts as a lifelong festival-goer. Just Vibe captures more than images, but energy—the way a performance felt from the crowd. Trained at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Kaitlin has been shooting since high school and also works in fine art photography, wedding and event photography, portraiture and more.
Todd Atkinson is a commercial photographer based in Canton, CT. He has a BA in Communication/Mass Media, with a Minor in Art from Central Connecticut State University. After earning his degree, he studied photography at the Halllmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Todd has done a variety of assignments for a range of clients including: Black & Decker, Martha Stewart Living, GE and Timex. Music has always been a passion for Todd, and he loves the challenge of capturing the feel, energy, and emotion of live performance in a medium that is essentially silent and still. Inspired by the work of photographers such as Jim Marshall, Elliott Landy, and Arnold Newman, Todd strives to capture the heart and soul of the talented performers on the other side of the lens.
Pete Brunelli is a scientist, musician and photographer from Southington, Connecticut. He works to merge these disciplines into one cohesive process where photographs convey the act of musical expression, landforms, wildlife, and the examining the realities of environmental processes taken for granted.
Kathleen Cei has been pointing a camera at New Haven, Conn., for many years as a photojournalist. She developed her first roll of Tri-X at Girl Scout camp, and a few years later earned a bachelor’s degree in photography at Syracuse University. She currently works as a freelance photographer, and if you don’t see her in front of a stage shooting loud rock bands, you may also find her during the day working as a Communications Officer at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
Michael Friedman's career in the music industry began in 1967 at the New York City-based PR agency Ivor Associates when he was 24 years old. At the time, Ivor's clients included The Mamas and the Papas, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Herman’s Hermits, and The Bee Gees, among others. While at Ivor, Friedman and partner John Kurland signed a then-unknown band from Philadelphia called The Nazz, featuring Todd Rundgren. Friedman later worked with legendary business manager Albert Grossman, best known for managing Bob Dylan. He helped run Albert Grossman Management (ABGM) in NY and brought Todd Rundgren along with him. Among the other notable artists Friedman worked with at ABGM were Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, Odetta, Ian and Sylvia, Ritchie Havens, James Cotton, Tom Rush and Gordon Lightfoot. During this period Friedman was also an avid photographer and shot more than 2,000 photos of the artists with whom he worked.
By 1971, Friedman moved to Woodstock to work on the early stages of Grossman’s Bearsville Records and Bearsville Studios. He subsequently joined Bert Block in Connecticut managing Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge.
Friedman later joined Arista records to work with Clive Davis. He and Davis worked closely on various projects including heading up the formation of Arista's music video department. Friedman's first two projects under the newly established division included Dionne Warwick Live in Las Vegas, and the 1980 production of The Kinks: One for the Road at the Providence Civic Center. These productions were joint ventures with Time Life Entertainment. The Kinks feature-length rock video marked an industry first and the soundtrack resulted in the Arista double album, One for the Road Live which went gold. Friedman later left Arista along with A&R executive Don Silver to form the Empire Project where they produced and managed such artists as Orleans and Mayday.
In 1982, with marriage and a new baby in the picture Friedman decided he had had enough of the pressures of city life and the music business and moved to Connecticut to pursue his other longtime interest in antiques. There he opened The Friedman Gallery in Westport and Artafax, a European high-tech design store. In 1992, he opened The Ash Creek Saloon, the first of 3 successful restaurants. Also in 1992, he authored the highly acclaimed book Cowboy Culture: The Last Frontier of American Antiques.
Friedman has 3 daughters and now lives in a 19th century log home in Connecticut with his wife, Donna.
Katrina Goldburn is a New Haven-based photographer and multi-disciplinary artist who is also the Registrar of Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.
Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez, aka lsg, is the insanity behind lsg original photography. Hailing from the Nutmeg State, she has provided photography for families, weddings, events, babies and children, proms, news outlets, bands, and promotional materials. In addition to her own photography, she was the lead photographer for Local Band Review, an award-winning music blog, and has been a contributing photographer for multiple national blogs. In 2017, she founded the music blog Strains of Uproar. She’s had the joy of photographing national bands including Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Ghost, Fleetwood Mac, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Run the Jewels, Five Finger Death Punch, and In This Moment along with countless CT homegrown bands and performers.
Bobby Grossman is an artist and photographer. He was born in Manhattan, grew up in Westchester, NY and earned his BFA at The Rhode Island School of Design. In 1976 Grossman moved to New York City and took up residency at the Hotel Chelsea. Working as a freelancer by day he quickly found his way to Warhol’s famed Factory on Union Square where he was regarded as an insider. He soon became a regular presence, documenting the scene at CBGB and eventually the Mudd Club. Before long Grossman’s reputation as a contributing photographer to both major publications and underground journals became well established.
Bobby Grossman’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, catalogues and films. His first photo credit was the cover shot for Talking Heads EP and single “Psycho Killer.” Exhibitions include the legendary Times Square Show and New Wave/New York at PS1 and more recently “Bande a part” and “The Cool and The Crazy.” His work has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide including recent solo exhibits in New York City and Boca Raton. His contribution to film includes The Radiant Child about Jean Michel Basquiat, the William Burroughs documentary The Man Within and Blank City. Grossman was the official photographer for Glenn O’Brien’s public access “TV Party” and made a cameo in the film Downtown ’81. His work is included in the new documentary “Andy Warhol: Fifteen Minutes Eternal,” celebrating the Warhol Museum’s 20th anniversary. He is currently working on a book of his own photographs.
Lys Guillorn is Gallery Director at the Gallery at Still River Editions, a singer-songwriter, writer, and visual artist from Shelton, Connecticut. She studied photography at the New England Craft Center, and exhibits in the northeast. She has contributed music writing to SPIN Online, and Lonesome Noise. Her most recent EP is I'm a Boy.
Tom Hearn has been taking pictures of people and stuff he likes since the 70's, mostly rock & roll, cars, friends, and other people. Plus, he wrote this.
Hank Hoffman is a Wallingford-based musician, writer, and photographer. For more than three decades, Hank has been recording and archiving—as well as photographing—live performances by local musicians. He currently work as Programming Director for the nonprofit organization Best Video Film & Cultural Center in Hamden.
John C. Miller "A common thread in all of my visual and audio work is time. Although all of our lives rely on time and are dictated by time, I attempt to live my life with a closer attention to time then most. My working day has built in changes that are signaled by the ringing of a bell. When the bell rings people move and settings change. This bell dictates when I eat, use the restroom, when I arrive and when I leave. My career was chosen carefully to allow me time to be free from work. I am always early because time is so valuable I don’t want to waste others’. Most people wish minutes, hours, and days away to reach some future time when things will be better than the present. Instead I prefer to absorb every detail of the present as to avoid unpleasant times in the future. In my photo, 'Light Upon Blight @ The Outer Space,' a slow shutter speed with a flash was used to stretch time during the shot to force a multiple exposure in one frame."
Alisha Martindale is a professional wedding and portrait photographer who also photographs concerts and events in and around Greater New Haven.
Hasna Muhammad (BirthmarkMedia) is a photographer, filmmaker, and writer who uses art to bring light to social and human conditions and to draw attention to the extraordinary in the ordinary. Her collections include, Kenneth Chamberlain (It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over) about a son’s fight against police brutality and Sara about the final months of her friend with ALS. Sum of 7 Billion features her photographs of people, and Indestreet is a collection of her street photography, which includes photographs taken of oncoming traffic from the middle of the street.
"The Madcat Hohner Telecaster" is a piece from her collection My Life With Guitars, which features portraits of instruments and photographs of musicians and the music scene. Hasna’s life with guitars began as she grew up with the sounds of her brother’s guitar wafting up from the basement and with the songs of Richie Havens and Jose Feliciano strumming through her sister’s bedroom door. Although she played piano as a child, Hasna grew to love the sound of the guitar as well as watching the people who play them.
From the time she was a teenager, Hasna has taken photographs of concerts and shows from back stage, on stage, and from as many places as she could get to. The Madcat Hohner Telecaster was one of three images taken from her seat during an incredible guitar solo at a Prince concert where cameras were not allowed. “Sometimes you just have to break the rules. Other times you just have to lower your camera and experience the grace.”
Photographs from Hasna’s Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC) series are presently on display at the Dwyer Center in Harlem, NY. She has exhibited at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY; the Bridges Cultural Center in Cleveland, OH; the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA; the New Rochelle Council on the Arts in New Rochelle, NY; and at ArtsWestchester in White Plains, NY.
Hasna is also an educator who received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She grew up in Westchester County, New York with her sister Nora Davis Day and her brother Guy Davis, the blues guitar player. Hasna currently lives in Putnam County, New York with Wali Ali, the jazz guitar player she married.
“I want others to see what I see and hopefully be eased, affirmed, or agitated by it.”
Audra Napolitano is a Freelance Photographer, Graphic Designer and Production Assistant for HAN Network, who publish 12 local weekly newspapers. Audra has been passionate about photography ever since she attended her first concert at the age of twelve. She brings her enthusiasm and eye for detail to the wide variety of events she photographs. In recent years, Audra has expanded the scope of her concert photography, ranging from the Gathering of the Vibes to Tom Petty to being front and center at the Warped Tour. She not only photographs, but also writes concert reviews for Surviving the Golden Age, popular indie music website. Her work has been featured on The Eels’ and Gotye’s websites and she’s shot album covers for The Christina Abbot Band, The Bob Ricci Band and Ben Folds’ 2016 Record Store Day release. Before her time at HAN Network, Audra sold specialty cameras and worked as a photographic lab printer at Milford Camera Shop. She graduated with a degree in Art History from Southern Connecticut State University and lives in Milford, CT.
Karen Ponzio has been involved in the healing arts for almost 30 years and in the creation of poetry, prose, and drawings for even longer. She shares her poems, displays her artwork and hosts a variety of live shows throughout the New Haven area. Karen also hosts a show on CygnusRadio.com called "The Word According to KP" focusing on written and spoken word of all kinds and types. Karen is currently a journalist for the New Haven Independent and has also been published in local magazines such as The Cut-Up and Put Down Your Phone, New Haven.
Jen Stephens is a Connecticut native with a BA in Fine Art who has spent her career working in product photography, graphic design, and print production. She has been shooting concerts for close to twenty years. If there's a good show nearby, you will probably find her down in front, up against the rail. Music is her savior.
Catherine Vanaria is a fine-art photographer, printer, and educator, and the co-owner and President of Connecticut Photographics and Still River Editions. Vanaria is also an Associate Professor of Photography and Chair of the Art Department at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT. She holds a BFA from Hartford Art School, an MA in Digital Photography from Savannah College of Arts and Design, and an MFA in Visual Arts from Art Institute of Boston. She received a Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism fellowship in 2004. Vanaria's first photography monograph, The Boston Years: The Music Scene in Photographs 1979-1986, was published by Laughing Camera Press in 2008.
ABOUT THE GALLERY AT STILL RIVER EDITIONS
The Gallery at Still River Editions has hosted national and regional photographers and artists since 1989. In spring 2011, after a brief hiatus from exhibiting new work, the gallery returned to hosting shows on a quarterly basis. The Gallery's mission is to show traditional and digital prints of photographs and fine artwork, and to be a center of creativity and connection in the Danbury area.
The Gallery at Still River Editions is open during normal business hours 8:30 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, and during posted hours for special events. The Gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions at this time.