The following essay has been published in the September issue of ACES Magazine, a publication dedicated to Long Island’s Art, Culture, and Entertainment Scene.
Now on view at the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC) Members Gallery at Roast is a selection of artwork from the PAC Photographers Group that marks the one-year anniversary of its founding. Exhibiting artists include Diane Abell, Enitza Bionet, Maryanne Brandi, Mike Busch, Krystle DiNicola, Titus Kana, Dawn Tesoro, Mary White, and Violet Wicik.
Exhibited works are the winning entries of the monthly contest held by the Photographers Group with a different theme chosen every month by the winning artist. PAC Trustee Titus Kana, chairman of the group, set the first contest theme, Flora and Fauna. Diane Abell sent in the winning submission, Backlit Mantis, which captures a praying mantis in motion. The insect emerges from the left hand side of the composition as it twists its body and head to look behind it. It directs the viewer with its own gaze while its body suggests forward momentum that pulls the viewer in the opposite direction. Subsequent themes revolved around the notions of nature, the human figure, and photographic techniques such as time exposure and abstract blur.
There is a strong emphasis on the scenic waterscapes found on Long Island. Diane Abell’s Frozen Sunset Bay and Mike Busch’s Bay Road are just two examples, both depicting sunsets over the Great South Bay. Abell’s photograph is a result of last winter’s overabundance of snow and ice. Here, she presents a tranquil image as snow blankets the sand with the bay partially encased in ice. Busch’s piece is a result of long-term time exposure. Here, the artist delayed the shutter speed of his camera, which sharpened stationary objects while blurring the moving elements, thus leaving us with a stunning sunset of rich detail.
Dawn Tesoro’s Lily is the winning entry of the group’s Vegetation contest. Several lilies in full bloom with exposed stamens and beautiful pink and white petals dominate three-quarters of the composition. Tesoro focuses on these flowers so the viewer is able to make out every individual detail. In contrast, the top left corner of the composition is relatively bare, housing a single closed lily against an unfocused background.
Chairman Titus Kana has several works in the exhibition. Flash Lite is a self-portrait of the artist as he sits in shrubbery during the twilight hours with an orb-like light-painting dancing around him – a result of delaying the shutter speed. The strong flash of light to the left of the artist, along with the swirling curves of metallic blue, fight with the artist’s forward gaze for the viewer’s attention. Droplet appears much more abstract. The artist captures the moment when a droplet of water disturbs the serenity of a still body of water. Ripples emanate from the epicenter of the image reaching out to all four corners. The reflective quality of the water, along with the colors captured, gives a metallic quality to the image. Luna Sea portrays the bow of a ship projecting outward from the right-hand side of the composition as a beautiful full moon hovers in the background. These are just a few examples of the many talents of the PAC Photographers Group.
The PAC Photographers Group was established in September of 2013 and is dedicated to serving beginners, advanced amateurs, and professional photographers by fostering the growth and learning of the art of photography. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at Shand’s Loft in the BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue, NY from 7:30 – 9:30pm. Meetings consist of lessons on various photographic techniques, critiques, trivia, and more.
The Patchogue Arts Council and Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Company created the PAC Members Gallery at Roast in the summer of 2013 as an alternative exhibition venue where PAC members can exhibit their artwork. The Patchogue Arts Council is a non-profit corporation founded to promote, encourage, and support the arts on the greater south shore of the Town of Brookhaven. In addition to exhibiting artwork and brewing remarkable coffee, Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Co. host weekly open mic nights on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a monthly poetry night on the first Saturday of every month. One Year Later: The PAC Photographers Group is on display at the PAC Members Gallery at Roast from September 14 – October 26, 2014. An opening reception will be held at the space on Sunday, September 21, from 2 – 4pm.
Jay Schuck, Exhibition Coordinator/Curator