Five Photogs, Five Visions Gallery Exhibit featured in March

March 6, 2012

Five photographers will be exhibiting their work at the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Frederick during the month of March.  The exhibit, entitled “Five Photags, Five Visions” runs from March 1 to March 26, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 3rd from 5:00-9:00 p.m.   The featured photographers include Michael Berry, Jarrett Nash, Jeannine Brewer, Sanjay Suchak, and David Wonderling.

Born, raised and educated on the vast Prairie of the Midwest, Michael Berry became enamored with photography while studying fine art at a small university.  Soon, the Prairie that he explored visually would expand to include all corners of the US and parts of Europe.  Berry honed his skills using traditional film and darkroom techniques while creating his own chemistry “blends”.  Visually, he sought out elements of texture, patterns, geometry (or lack thereof) within landscapes and manmade structures.  For over two decades, Berry has practiced professional photography, winning numerous awards for both commercial and fine art work for a wide-ranging client base including national ad campaigns, annual reports and studio still life.  The pieces chosen for this exhibit are landscapes from recent travels which display the natural beauty and grandeur of the environment around us. 

Jarrett Nash is an amateur oil painter and poet who is influenced by the world around him. Normal situations become the inspiration for the art in which he creates. One particular evening, Nash decided to capture the moment in hopes that through his photography others would be influenced to express their emotions as well. After serving in the United States Navy, he began his education at Frederick Community College and later transferred to Hood College. Although Nash did receive a Bachelors Degree from Hood College, the only two college-level art classes he took were Drawing I and Drawing II. He hasn’t received any notable accomplishments in the art world, but plans to continue his pursuit of expression through painting and poetry. In addition, Nash also plans to carry on with photography so that maybe one day the moments that influenced him can also influence others.

Jeannine Brewer is a lifelong Frederick resident who began her photography career using a Kodak Brownie box camera. She was introduced to the darkroom in Frederick High School’s graphic arts class and received her Associate of Science Degree in photography from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Brewer was employed as photographer and archivist at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and served as staff photographer for the Secretary of The United States Department of Commerce.  Her photography is an eclectic mix of patterns, repetition of form, studies in light and contrast, and particularly scenes that invite the viewer to develop their own narrative.  Brewer is a Frederick Camera Clique member and is currently a Digital Media Design student at Frederick Community College.

Sanjay Suchak is a photographer focusing on the moments of everyday life which often are unnoticed, but once isolated, become fascinating subjects. Through black and white photography in the style of Cartier-Bresson or Winogrand he tries to show America as it really is, unpolished and unpredictable.  His series, “America,” is a collection of black and white photographs captured on road trips across this country with his camera serving as a silent witness to the state of our union.  Suchak is a photographer based in Washington DC. He is the staff photographer at Montgomery College as well as a freelance photojournalist.  He has an unhealthy obsession with Polaroid film, waffles, and vinyl records. 

David Wonderling is a writer, editor, and photographer, who combines his love of photography with a love of history.  He is a journalism graduate of Ohio University, and has spent his career in both corporate and agency public relations and marketing.  Wonderling is currently Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Arkieva, a software company, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and corporate assignments have taken him to destinations in Europe, South America, and Africa.  As editor of three corporate magazines, he received numerous awards for writing, photography, and design.  He previously served as an Army journalist and photographer with the Corps of Engineers in Vietnam. 

Residing in Maryland, his home is close to Antietam, Manassas, and Gettysburg, where he spends many weekends in spring and summer.  Wonderling has spent the last three summers photographing Civil War reenactors at battlefields in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.  The feeling he tries to convey is an embedded, “you are there,” sort of experience.  While reenactors cannot capture the full range of emotions that those involved in the Civil War may have felt they try to interpret, not replicate what happened.   Many of the images in this exhibit are photo directed, meaning that a thought, idea, feeling were introduced to those being photographed.   

Their photographs are available for purchase throughout the show.  The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday.  Additional hours may be available by appointment.  The Cultural Arts Center is located in downtown Frederick at 15 W. Patrick Street.  The facility is managed by the Frederick Arts Council, whose mission is to be the primary catalyst and advocate for arts opportunities in Frederick County.  For more information, contact the Frederick Arts Council at 301-662-4190.