Sherwood Samet’s panoramic landscapes can be viewed in a new father/daughter photography exhibit opening at the Antoine Dutot Museum and Gallery at Delaware Water Gap with a reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. While the photographer has been exhibiting for 35 years, Improvisations: Sherwood and Laurie Samet, is the younger photographer’s first exhibition. A medical doctor by trade, the elder Samet is an active member of the Pocono Arts Council and the Artspace Gallery in Stroudsburg. His images capture vistas from across the country as well as the Poconos and consist of both color, black and white, and infrared treatment. Laurie received her first camera from her father in 1977 while enrolled in college. She finally went digital in 2003 and was inspired to get more immersed as her dad’s work expanded. She’s spent the last several years focusing on jazz musicians performing live on stage, in rehearsal and in the studio. She is a physical therapist by day and runs a private practice in East Stroudsburg.
The exhibit will remain on display through Sept. 2. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The museum is located off Route 611 behind the Trails End Cafe. Call 476-4240 for more information or visit www.dutotmuseum.com.
Energy in Line
Once you’ve noticed nature’s miraculous patterns (image search Fibonacci), it’s hard not to see things at the cellular level everywhere you look. Artist Rosalyn Richards (www.rosalynrichards.com) has focused her gaze on the way technology has affected our view of the natural world. A native of California, she has taught drawing and printmaking at Bucknell University since 1982. She describes her drawings as a “visual narrative dealing with microscopic views of growth processes in nature — an investigation of unit forms and the intricacies of their arrangements.”
Wilkes University’s Sordoni Art Gallery will open Rosalyn Richards: Recent Works on Tuesday, Aug. 28 with a reception for the artist to follow on Aug. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. This new exhibition, all in black and white, features large-format graphite or ink drawings as well as etchings.
“Some drawn images seem to depict expanding cellular forms, and some suggest an inner world of mysterious forces and events, the beginning or end of a transformative process,” she writes in her artists’ statement. “The perceived scale of the images could range from the cosmic to the microscopic world of cell mutation. There are various associations and interpretations connected to the work, and the images can be seen as metaphors for the human impulse to search for meaning.”
Starting with scientific diagrams of cosmic and microscopic events and biological images, Richards conjures an abstraction of the imagery on paper, emphasizing the elemental dynamics of line versus empty space, slowly and meditatively layering marks with a fine pointed pencil.
“I employ repetition, shifting scales, and a variety of tonal relationships to reference the natural world and explore processes normally unseen by the human eye,” she writes. “The passage of time and the mysterious sources that imply hidden forces are the underlying themes of the work.”
Richards holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale. Her works are held by museums and university galleries across the country and have been exhibited around the world.
Her most recent works have sought to “free the line from the representation of forms, and use it to create atmosphere and space.”
“There is a specific energy to each mark and line that can create a sense of fluidity and open-endedness, leading the viewer to multiple interpretations of the imagery,” she explains.
Rosalyn Richards: Recent Works will remain on display through Oct. 21. The Sordoni Art Gallery is located in the Stark Learning Center at 150 South River St., Wilkes-Barre. Gallery hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 408-4325 for more information or visit sordoni.wilkes.edu.