Wednesday, October 1, 2008

On Exhibit

Amy Johnquest, Director of the Taber Art Gallery located in the Holyoke Community College library has put together yet another great exhibit. Rags To Riches an exhibit featuring the photographs of Sandy Noyes is on display till October 16th. Sandy's body of work is a tribute to the Parsons Paper Mill of Holyoke Ma. Parsons Paper Mill is a piece of Holyoke's rich history as the Paper City. His body of work was created using an 8x10 view camera and some seriously long exposures. His work is a beautiful display of the once thriving paper mill. Each photograph is a contact print from the massive 8x10 negative. Taking a close look at his photographs, you can see that there is great detail in each piece. Not a spot of grain in any of his photographs. Each one is a compositional masterpiece. The show is hung a themed appearance. A close inspection would show you that there is a pattern to the way Amy hung his work on the wall, making this one outstanding show. Not only did Sandy present his body of work, he also has guest speakers discuss the history of the mill and the major roll the Parson family had in the paper mill industry of Holyoke.

Pictured here from left to right is: Amy Johnquest, Penni Martorell, and Sandy Noyes

Sandy noted that with out the help of both Amy and Penni his outstanding show wouldn't have been possible. Penni is the curator of Holyoke Public Library's Holyoke History Room & Archive. Penni contributed some historical artifacts to Sandy's show. These can be viewed in the hall way next to the gallery as well as inside the gallery space.

Pictured here is Sandy Noyes (left) and Professor/Photographer Frank Ward (right). As Henri Carte Bresson would say, the decisive moment. Both photographers are looking at each other in an intense conversation about Sandy's work.

The Taber Art Gallery is located in the HCC Library on the second floor of the Donahue Building.
303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke MA

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