From October 10 to November 15, Davis-Orton Gallery presents Keepsakes, solo exhibits by photographers Gail Samuelson and Sharon Arnold
Gail Samuelson’s Keep It For Luck is a loving tribute to two important women in the artist’s life: her mother, Martha and her favorite aunt, Florence. They worked in separate family businesses in the “rag trade” on Seventh Avenue. Florence was chief designer of classic women’s dresses in the 1950’s and 1960’s, while Martha was the salesperson for girls’ party dresses in the 1970’s. The keepsakes Samuelson photographs belonged to Martha and Florence. They each had their own personal style and so did their clothes.
Sharon Arnold produces highly staged and manipulated images that conjure a dream-like state of both loss and strength. This latest exhibition, After the Wedding Dresses, is a visual statement of life after the wedding day. Arnold began this project with traditional images of dresses. Over time they evolved into metaphors on marriage, becoming visual tales of relationships: soulful and interior. Arnold is a self-taught artist who uses film, collage, dyes, oil tints and digital techniques to produce her archival pigment prints. Her earlier images are reminiscent of 19th-century, hand-colored monochromes.
Also at the gallery: Portfolio Showcase featuring Ellen Cantor and Norm Diamond
At Davis-Orton Gallery, 115 Warrern Street. Artists’ Reception: Saturday, October 10, 5-7pm