An exhibition of alternative photographic processes opens February 25, 2017.
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For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017

Contact: Bradley Butler, director/curator
20 W. Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 | (315)462-0210

Vintage Process with a Contemporary Vision

Five Artists Explore Alternative Photographic Processes

Clifton Springs, NY – Artists are constantly reinterpreting their craft in order to push themselves to new levels. Processes that at one time seemed obsolete can reemerge with a fresh take. A new show called Alternative Photographic Process, showcases this with the work of 5 contemporary artists using processes that harken back to a day before digital technology. The exhibiiton will open on Saturday, February 25th with a reception from 4 to 7pm.  

"The idea for this exhibition came from wanting to show a different side of photography from what we have typically shown at Main Street Arts. This will be more than an exhibition of photos of places, people, and things. Those are included, of course but this is also a show about how these photographic images are physically made. By hand." says Bradley Butler, gallery director and curator at Main Street Arts. "This is an exploration of handmade photography and the various kinds of images featured fall under the “Alternative Process” heading, hence the very utilitarian title of this show! The five artists featured in this exhibition represent various directions that can be taken when delving into an antique or vintage process." 

Artists Included: Pat Bacon (of Lyons), John Coffer (of Dundee), Romy Hosford and Jenn Libby (of Rochester), and Ian Sherlock (of Syracuse).

Photographs included in the exhibit will consist of wet plate collodion, tintype, photogravure, pin hole photography, and salt prints. All of these processes pre-date the 20th century but they are still used by many artists today. Main Street Arts is fortunate to have the progenitor of the modern wet-plate revival, John Coffer among the exhibiting artists.

The gallery is open to the public and as always, entry is free. Wine and snacks will be served at the opening reception on February 25.

PRINT-READY PRESS IMAGES (Click to get full-sized image)

Main Floor Exhibition
Alternative Photographic Process

Image Details (Artist, Title, Medium) From Top Left to Bottom Right: 
1. Pat Bacon - Corn (spider), photogravure 
2. Pat Bacon - Birds, photogravure and encaustic wax
3. John Coffer - Sunflowers, tintype photo
4. John Coffer - Self Portrait, tintype photo
5. Jenn Libby - Record (Holiday on Mars), wet plate collodion
6. Ian Sherlock - Dearheart, traditional photography
Second Floor Exhibition
Sketchbooks: Genine Carvalheira-Gehman and Andy Reddout

Image Details (Artist, Title, Medium) From Top Left to Bottom Right: 
1. Genine Carvalheira-Gehman - Genny, pen and watercolor on paper
2. image of Genine Carvalheira-Gehman sketching
3. Andy Reddout - Montefioralle, pen and watercolor on paper
4. image of Andy Reddout Sketching

The Second Floor Gallery: Visitors can also see an exhibition in the second floor gallery, Sketchbooks by Genine Carvalheira-Gehman and Andy Reddout. This exhibit will include a number of their sketchbooks from their collections along with prints made from selected images. Visitors will also be able to contribute their own sketches to the exhibition and participate in sketchbook drawing sessions with the artists.

Artist Residency Program:  Jacquelyn O'Brien and Adriane Smith, both of Rochester, will be finishing their two month residencies in their studio spaces on the second floor at Main Street Arts. Visitors to the opening reception will have a chance to see their studios and chat with them about their work. The Artist Residency Program at Main Street Arts offers studio space to artists on a one-month or two-month basis.

Both exhibitions run February 25–March 31, 2017; gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 11a.m.–6p.m. For additional information about this exhibition, please contact Bradley Butler, gallery director at (315)462-0210 or email or visit Interviews and video footage can be arranged upon request.


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