"The Art of Nature: The Best of Our Worlds" at the STUTZARTSPACE

Bison - A Photograph by Pete Howard
Bison - Photograph by Pete Howard

May's show at Stutz Art Space is “The Art of Nature: The Best of Our Worlds” featuring the traditional and digital photography of Pete Howard, Gayle Moore and Tom Potter.

Inkjet on canvas and traditional handcrafted silver gelatin black and white prints provide the viewer with a panorama of the many sides of nature’s wonders.

All three are award-winning photographers who have had solo exhibits in many galleries throughout the Midwest. In addition, they have taught workshops and provided juried commentary for photographers and photo organizations. All three have been published in a variety of venues, providing images for calendars, magazine articles, prints, and posters.

Pete Howard has mastered the art of inkjet printing and recently has joined the ranks of those exploring the use of canvas as an additional artistic expression for the display of his work. Pete’s photographic pursuits started more than fifty years ago influenced by his grandfather who was an avid photographer. Pete became a more serious photographer in the early 90’s, then focusing his efforts on landscapes, natural history, and manmade patterns. It was during this period that, with camera gear in hand, he began exploring nature’s wonders and patterns found in the Smokies each spring and Yellowstone in the winter.

Pete developed a philosophy about photography based on authenticity, patience, and integrity that has served him well over the past decade. He states that photography isn’t about good or bad, better or worse. Photography is about finding an authentic style, one that cannot be taught, but must be discovered. The challenge is to give oneself to the scene without preconception or hesitation; discovering how to stop thinking and start feeling without losing concentration or patience.

Pete finds photography the ideal blend of his need for an artistic outlet, his enjoyment of being outdoors, and his satisfaction with mastering the photographic tools and techniques. He records his images with digital cameras and then prints them using a photographic quality inkjet printer. More of his photographs can be seen on his website: petehowardphotography.com.

Gayle Moore and Tom Potter use large format cameras for the bulk of their photography. They work exclusively in the historic film and silver process for their prints. Over the past two years they had combined exhibits in Concord, MA, Minneapolis, MN, Muncie, IN, and Louisville, KY. Their work was featured in several issues of View Camera Magazine where they also wrote a feature article about the publication of their recent companion books, Sensual Harmonies and Wild Harmonies. Gayle’s image of daffodils graced the cover of one of the issues of View Camera Magazine where her work was the featured presentation. Their combined books, both produced in black and white included as a slipcase set, are now part of the permanent photographic collection in the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

Gayle and Tom do all the production of their prints and presentations in a three-room facility in Morgan County. They utilize four enlargers of various sizes and light sources, two sinks, and other presentation equipment to complete their work. Each print represents a unique, handcrafted example of their dedication to the classic process.

Over the years Gayle and Tom were influenced by a number of early masters of photography as well as several contemporary craftsmen with whom they studied, including John Sexton, Steve Simmons, Gordon Hutchings, and Howard Bond.

For many years Tom led natural history and photographic workshops across the continent, extending from the far north in Alaska to the southern regions of Costa Rica.

Gayle likewise spent many years exploring the wild areas throughout the Midwest with camera and slide film. Both Gayle and Tom eventually moved to the challenge of black and white large format photography which now provides them opportunities to explore the many aspects of form, line, texture, and tone that they feel is best expressed in that medium.

Tom feels a closeness and appreciation for Henry Thoreau’s vision of the wild with his own transcendental experience while working in the field. Gayle’s images reflect a heart that is close to the land that replicates her early years on a farm in Michigan.

Their combined website, www.tpotter-gmoorephotography.com, features a variety of their work including Tom's figurative art and Gayle's botanicals.

An opening reception for the show is set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 4, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association's (IDADA) monthly First Friday gallery tour.  The show continues through May 25, and the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.

WHAT: “The Art of Nature: The Best of Our Worlds” photography exhibition

WHERE:  STUTZARTSPACE, 212 W. 10th St., B110 (Enter from 10th Street via alley)

WHEN:   Friday, May 4, at noon with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Exhibition open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment through May 25

COST:   Free

INFO:   (317) 503-6420

MEDIA CONTACT:  Jen Schmits Thomas, JTPR, (317) 441-2487

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