First significant exhibition in the Philadelphia area by internationally acclaimed and local fine art photographer Wendy Paton
(Doylestown, PA) The James A. Michener Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of WENDY PATON | NUIT BLANCHE , a photographic series by award-winning, internationally renowned and local fine art photographer Wendy Paton on August 23. The Bette & Nelson Pfundt and Commonwealth Galleries will house the exhibition, which will showcase two bodies of work in an installation of seventy selenium toned gelatin silver prints: a premiere selection of Paton’s Visages de Nuit collection, complemented by her latest series portfolio, Reclaiming Dignity. Both collections demonstrate Paton’s desire to visually document a contemporary version of portraits, a creative portrayal of what the artist observes through her camera’s lens.
WENDY PATON | NUIT BLANCHE demonstrates the artist’s contemporary vision using retro techniques (non-digital, hand-developed, selenium toned silver gelatin printing) as well as her distinctive approach to portraiture, ability to humanize objects, and the dramatic use of available light. “I am greatly pleased to be exhibiting my work at the Michener Art Museum and thrilled that the exhibition is being curated by Lisa Tremper Hanover, the Museum’s Director and CEO,” says Paton. She adds, “Her artistic vision to combine these two bodies of work, Visages de Nuit and Reclaiming Dignity, is significant, as this is the first time these images are being shown together in one exhibition. Having exhibited in major cities and locales in the U.S. and Europe, it is gratifying for me to be able to show this work so close to home.”
Paton, a resident of Lambertville, NJ, has exhibited her work across the globe – including major exhibitions in Russia and Germany. Hanover is excited to bring Paton’s work to Bucks County and emphasizes that, “The unique scale, subject matter, style and execution of Paton’s work coupled with prints from two of her portfolios contribute to the strength and uniqueness of this exhibition.” She adds, “We look forward to sharing an intimate look at Wendy’s work with art and photography enthusiasts from Bucks County and beyond.”
Complementing Paton’s exhibition will be two programs – Artist’s Lecture and Book Signing, Tuesday, September 16 and Weekend Studio Workshop: Making Photograms/Darkroom & Cyanotype Technique, Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19.