Photo exhibit celebrates ‘Wonderful Weston’
By Nicole Zappone and Jarret Liotta
WESTON — After more than a year of planning and scheduling conflicts, the Weston Photography Club finally had its first “Wonderful Weston” photo reception on Feb. 25 at Weston Public Library.
About 50 photos by 10 local amateur photographers are currently on display in the library’s Community Room, thanks to a joint effort by the Weston Commission for the Arts and Friends of the Library. The range of photographs included both realist and more abstract works of wildlife, flowers, historic buildings, landscapes, people and pets.
“It’s a very lovely collaboration,” said arts commissioner treasurer Patricia Goodrich, citing the various art installations around town her group continues to champion. “We’re trying to embrace the town with all the art talent that we have. Our mission statement is to create free events that embrace the arts of Weston.”
“I feel like it really captures what’s so pretty here,” resident Debby Katz said of the show, which runs through April 27.
“The work is amazingly diverse and offers perspective into the elements of our town and community that are special,” arts commission Chair Cindy Armijo added.
The photography club initially formed in September 2017 and was led by by award-winning photographer Alison Wachstein. During that time, Wachstein provided instruction and guidance at the monthly meetings. The club is now led by Susan Whitcroft Urbania, who organizes the meetings and arranges speakers.
John Lawless, a Westonite and former owner of MoonStreet Gallery, later offered the club a class in framing. And in 2018, he was invited to assist the commission with hanging all their exhibits.
“Thus, our exhibition was born,” Armijo said.
“His passion and keen eye are a gift to our beautiful town,” Goodrich said of Lawless, adding the exhibition is a true tribute to Weston’s beauty.
Resident Caroline Sorstein was taken away by a photograph titled “Outside the Barn on Cindy Lane,” by Kerry DiDonato.
“The immediate timing of the leaping deer, the composition of it, the beautiful contrast, is just so classic,” she said.
Photographer Karen Kallins, was pleased with the outcome of the reception. “I have been so excited for this as it’s my first time, and it’s been such an inspiration being in the photography club,” she said.
As a young girl, Kallins attended many art openings with her mother, who is also an artist.
“I got used to being in the art world, and I think that is what inspired me, along with my mother,” she said. “I also love nature and looking at things in different perspectives.”
Many of the photos from the exhibit are available for purchase as prints or notecards. Requests can be made by emailing WestonLibraryPhotoClub@gmail.com
Weston Commission for the Arts is a town-appointed board of citizens with the common mission to provide free art experiences to the citizens of Weston.
“The Weston Commission for the arts is honored to help celebrate Weston rich contributions to the art world,” Goodrich said.