Aline Smithson hosts lecture series at JDPW and has exhibition at The Atelier Gallery, opening reception April 22nd

From the Julia Dean Photo Workshops website: 

“Los Angeles has a rich tapestry of fine art photographers that create amazing work. Because our city is so expansive, we often don’t get the opportunity to connect and learn about each other. This second chapter of Four Evenings with Fine Art Photographers opens the door to four incredible evenings, shared through the vision of some of the most interesting fine art photographers working in Los Angeles today. Many have published books, are inspired teachers, exhibit throughout the world, and are award-winning visionaries.

Come join and us and these four talented photographers for what promises to be an unforgettable journey into artistic exploration, philosophy and discussion.

March 25th – Tierney Gearon

April 29th – Jay Mark Johnson

May 20th – Robbert Flick

June 17th – Susan Anderson

Listen. Learn. Be inspired.”

From the Griffin Museum of Photography website:

The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre

ARRANGEMENT IN GREEN AND BLACK: PORTRAIT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S  MOTHER Photographs by Aline Smithson 
April 7 through May 16, 2010
 An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

For Aline Smithson, the inspiration for a series of photographs began when she found a small print of Whistler’s painting Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale. The same weekend she found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from the Whistler painting.

“That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details,” says Smithson.

With her 85-year-old mother, who posed in more than 20 ensembles, as a model, Smithson created the series Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother, which is featured in The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, April 7 through May 16. An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs parallel to the theater’s production of My Fair Lady. .

Smithson says the series of 21 images “incorporates traditional photography techniques, yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting. It is my intent to have the viewer see the work in a historical context with the addition of color, and at the same time, experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant, formula for the composition.”

Smithson’s mother passed away before seeing the finished series. “I am grateful for her sense of humor and the time this series allowed us to be together,” says Smithson.

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