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Scraps of Wood, black and white, is among the photographs by Jamestown photographer George Wiedenhofer that will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Warren’s Crary Art Gallery.

Jamestown photographer George Wiedenhofer “Experience Captured” is a selection of local and Yosemite-based landscapes in large format black and white photographs, one in colour, on special handmade Japanese papers. Exhibition by artist John Swartwout from Wisconsin “North” presents three-dimensional installations that offer a view of the North Country through the artist’s oddly offset lens, revealing the pits and follies, joys and jubilation of this region.

Wiedenhofer said the time he spent photographing in Yosemite National Park in Yosemite, California was an inspiration for his exhibition.

“I chose to do this during the winter months to avoid the crowds… the photos (in this collection) are of nature. There are no people in my photos, even though four million people visit Yosemite every year.”

About his process he says: “The photos are taken with a medium format digital camera with a 51.4 megapixel sensor and 16-bit raw photography. I removed the color so any black and white photo could capture the nuance…”

Mirrored Tranquility is one of Jamestown photographer George Wiedenhofer’s photographs to be exhibited soon at Warren’s Crary Art Gallery.

In a statement, Wiedenhofer says: “I have had an amazing career spanning almost four decades, working with architects from all over the world. I used my formal architecture education, backed by world-class products, to help designers and owners achieve their dreams. Throughout my architecture career, photography has always been a passionate hobby. Now I can pursue my passion full-time, holding a medium format camera and seeing the drawing board through a lens. Every photograph taken incorporates years of design experience to compose and enhance the natural beauty I envision. Very limited corrections are applied to my photos and I never use Photoshop to manipulate or alter the image.”

Wiedenhofer’s photographs are printed on Koso paper, handmade by Ichibei Iwano IX, and framed with museum-quality glass.

“This special print-making process is strictly natural,” he said. “Each print is designed to last for many centuries. These long-lived imprints can be used well into the future to better understand how our planet is changing. I do this to help make the impermanence of our shared natural world as permanent as possible. (In this exhibition) you will see that I use the natural elements of water, earth, air, space and fire to organize my photos; a method of organization not usually found in the digital world.”

Swartwout grew up outside of the small town of Pine River, Wisc. on where he spent endless days building and building forts “Mad Max” like structures made of pine trees, with his little brother and his friends. As a sculptor/filmmaker his work has taken him to the UK, Germany, Canada and back to the USA. He holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BFA-BA in Art Education from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Swartwout has exhibited his work in the United States, Canada and Germany, received numerous awards, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Sailor in Chicago, Illinois.

Simultaneously with the opening of the exhibition, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and take part in collaborative, experimental art-making – “Inclusive Opolis: WaterCity” – which will use the Crary courtyard well room and connected pieces of wood that the visitors participate in a “Great experiment and interactive exhibition building a floating city on water.” The experience is free and open to all guests, and the artist provides all materials for artistic collaboration.

Submitted Photos Shown is an original sculpture by Wisconsin artist John Swartwout on display at the Crary Art Gallery.

Swartwout is involved in the autism community in his hometown and would love to meet and converse with local families and professionals who are affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. He will be hosting an Autism Community Mixer on Tuesday, August 9th at 7pm at the Crary Art Gallery. To participate, register at www.craryartgallery.org.

The public is invited to the opening of the new exhibitions on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Crary Art Gallery is a private, not-for-profit art museum located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Market Street in downtown Warren. The opening hours of the exhibition are after the opening on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit craryartgallery.com for more information.

Based on the latest CDC recommendations regarding indoor activities and the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the area, the Crary Art Gallery Board of Directors is urging that all visitors, chaperones and artists wear a mask on the premises. Free disposable masks are available at reception.


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