“Then and Now” Brings Historical Photographic Processes to Ellsworth

Ennis_FishingWeirStudy IXCampobello_14x14aLisa Tyson Ennis, Sunken Weir, Study XI, Campobello, silver gelatin print

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Then and Now:” Historical Photographic Processes by Lisa Tyson Ennis and Alan Vlach, which highlights two contemporary Maine-based photographers working with historic photographic processes. In addition, the best work by gallery artists from the gallery summer shows will be on view, including works by Philip Frey, William Irvine, John Neville, Linda Packard, Rosie Moore, Judy Belasco, and Colin Page among others. The exhibition opens Thursday, October 10, with an artist’s reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and an artist’s talk immediately following the reception at 6 p.m. with Ennis and Vlach. The event is free and open to the public.

Lisa Tyson Ennis uses large and medium format cameras, black and white film, and hand-made toners. She works in extremely low light situations with extended exposures to collect changing light, the primary subject of her ethereal gelatin silver prints, a photographic process dominate from the 1880s to 1960s.

Cliff Walk, Near Western Point

Alan Vlach, Cliff Walk, Near Western Point, salted paper

Alan Vlach uses several historic processes, including platinum/palladium, kallitype, cyanotype, photopolymer gravure, and salted paper, a paper-based photographic process dominate from 1839 through the 1860s. His salt prints, which are in Then and Now, were also in The Winslow Homer Studio Project at the Portland Museum of Art. Two of Vlach’s salt prints are in the museum’s permanent collection. A selection of tintypes by Ennis and photopolymer gravure prints by Vlach will also be on view.

“Then and Now” is the third photography show presented this summer at Courthouse Gallery in conjunction with The Maine Photo Project, a statewide photography collaboration among museums, art galleries, historical societies, artists, collectors, and other arts organizations across Maine taking place throughout 2015.

Also showing is “Patrick McArdle: Figures & Form,” which celebrates the centennial of Patrick McArdle (1915-1997). Often compared to Matisse, McArdle’s figures exhibit a similar feeling of movement and presence, or as one critic for Art News put it, “they are…whimsical comments on equilibrium and human manners. McArdle attended the Art Student’s League where he was a pupil of Hans Hoffmann. McArdle lived and painted in Maine during his later years. His work is in the collections of the Farnsworth Museum of Art and Indiana University Museum of Art.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street, Ellsworth. For more information on hours or upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com.