Danbury Museum Hats in Focus at Photography Exhibition

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"Top Hat," Catherine Vanaria © 2013.  Carbon pigment print on rice paper.
"Top Hat," Catherine Vanaria © 2013. Carbon pigment print on rice paper.
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‘Nearly Forgotten,’a solo exhibition of black and white photographs by Catherine Vanaria, opens at The Gallery at Still River Editions in Danbury, Connecticut on Saturday, June 8. Vanaria has been photographing hats in the collection of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society since 2011, and these softly focused photographs are carbon pigment printed on rice paper, making them look solid yet ethereal. The hats serve not just as artifacts, but as documents of the eras from which they originated. Their value is reinforced by being photographed. In addition to her original photography, she has also curated a selection of “salvaged” photographs of hats that tie into her own.

 

The June 8 opening reception is part of Connecticut’s statewide Open House Day. There will be refreshments and the gallery will be open from noon to 5 pm. Vanaria will be giving an artist’s talk at 3pm.

 

“We are all collectors,” says Vanaria. “We have albums and shoeboxes of stuff that we’ve removed from our shelves and put into storage for safekeeping. But something happens when things are removed from our sight. Connections to memories kept under cover get diffused and are slowly forgotten.

 

“This on-going photographic project ebbs and flows with each new discovery. I am attempting to bring both the past and present day histories together to comment on our changing country, bringing forth the old stories that have settled this community to question its future.”

 

Catherine Vanaria, a resident of New Fairfield, Connecticut, is an assistant professor of photography at Western Connecticut State University and has worked as a fine art photographer and professional photographic printmaker for over 30 years. She is co-owner of Connecticut Photographics, and her first book, The Boston Years: The Music Scene in Photos, was published in 2008 by Laughing Camera Press. She received an M.F.A. in visual arts from the Art Institute of Boston in January 2012.

 

The opening reception is part of Connecticut’s statewide Open House Day. There will be refreshments and the gallery will be open from noon to 5 pm. Vanaria will be giving an artist’s talk at 3pm.

 

 

The Gallery at Still River Editions is located at 128 East Liberty Street in Danbury, Connecticut.  Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm.  ’Nearly Forgotten’ will be on display through September 27. For more information, call  (203)791-1474 or visit stillrivereditions.com/gallery.html.  For more information on Catherine Vanaria, visit cavanaria.com.

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