We are pleased to present this month an exhibit of black and white photographs of New England barns by Dover artist Carol Van Loon. She will be here on Monday evening, June 19th at 6:30 PM to talk about her work and meet with those who would like to learn more about her craft. All are welcome, with light refreshments provided.
Carol started photographing on a farm in western New York state while in high school. She received a degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. A project manager for a retail design company in Portsmouth she also manages the photography galleries at Camera Commons in Dover.
Moving to the seacoast in 1988 from Colorado she is very involved with the arts scene in the area. She is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, New Hampshire Art Association and New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. She is a past president of the New Hampshire Art Association and Exeter Fine Arts boards.
Some notes on her current exhibit:
"My family farm is gone. As a child I learned how to see there: wheat swaying in the breeze, the many textures of the vegetable garden, a cow’s long eye lashes, aged wood fences, trees and lots of rocks.
I stopped photographing after the death of my mother and a dear friend, months apart. Deep in grief and ungrounded, I feared I wouldn’t create any new images for a long time. Then, unplanned, I took a journey back to my roots, the landscape of my youth. I began photographing barns.
It all started with a snowy barn I seen so many times before but never photographed. I stopped and made an image. Many more images of barns were to follow as I wandered through the farmlands of western New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Driving along back roads and breathing in the familiar smells of my childhood I began to remember my stories, stories I rarely told. It slowly came to me that as much as I had strayed from my beginnings, the sensibilities that were formed there could lead me to the next chapter of my life.
I present these images as a homage to the gifts my parents gave me, the farm I grew up on and the vanishing landscape of my childhood."