Slowing Down on the Water and on the Road with Fine Art Photographers Alexandra Silverthorne and D. B. Stovall

 

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Two local photographers present exhibitions at BlackRock Center for the Arts

GERMANTOWN, MD Two local fine art photographers, Alexandra Silverthorne and D. B. Stovall, present exhibitions in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for the Arts on view from Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, August 27. Silverthorne and Stovall, both natives of the Washington, DC area, use slow photographic processes to document and produce images of often overlooked scenes in out-of-the way places. Silverthorne uses a film camera to photograph scenes in black and white which she prints in the darkroom, while Stovall uses a large format view camera to capture images on color 4×5 transparencies which he scans and prints digitally.

In her exhibition “All the Ways In,” Alexandra Silverthorne presents a series of images documenting the various ways in which one can enter Dublin Lake in rural New Hampshire. Located at the heart of a small town, the lake nods to an older way of doing things, where speedboats, jet skis and other fast modes of transportation are prohibited. Silverthorne spent several weeks kayaking around the lake capturing images with a film camera in order to examine entrances to the lake from both public town beaches and private boathouses. Reflecting on what we miss in today’s hyper-technological world when our greatest concern is getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible, the artist emphasizes the importance of slowing down by deliberately choosing a slower mode of transportation and a slower means of image capturing. Her black and white photographs were hand-printed in a traditional wet darkroom using archival materials. A native of Washington, DC, Alexandra Silverthorne earned her MFA from Maine College of Art and her BA from Connecticut College. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections and has been widely exhibited throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and New England.

In D.B. Stovall’s exhibition “A Love Affair with Light: Photographs of the American Vernacular,” the artist presents selections from his ongoing series of photographs of what he calls the “American Vernacular,” recording things that seem mundane or commonplace, yet define our existence. Stovall, a Washington, DC area native, bought his first camera at age 10, a Rosko purchased for 88 cents at Murphy’s Five and Dime. As a youngster, he began shooting black and white photographs of parked automobiles, random storefronts, taverns, gas stations and garages. Stovall went on to study photography in college in the 1970s, where he was introduced to the view camera. He now uses a large format view camera, which facilitates a slower way of seeing and allows him to precisely control the image perspective and detail. Using 4×5 color transparency film in his Calumet CC-400 view camera, Stovall captures what he sees with full color saturation. He then scans the positive film and produces rich color digital prints using archival pigment inks. Stovall earned his BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. The recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Grant, his work is included in numerous private collections and has been widely exhibited both regionally and nationally.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Alexandra Silverthorne: Originally from Washington, DC, Alexandra Silverthorne earned her MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from Maine College of Art in 2010. She earned her BA from Connecticut College where she majored in Government with minors in Art and Philosophy. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the Washington, DC region and in New England, including exhibitions at Civilian Arts Projects (Washington, DC); McLean Project for the Arts (McLean, VA); Anacostia Arts Center (Washington, DC), Heineman Myers Contemporary Art (Bethesda, MD), Harmon Art Lab (Washington, DC), Warehouse Gallery (Washington, DC), Lala Gallery (Lafayette, IN), Maine College of Art (Portland, ME), Leslie University (Cambridge, MA), and Gallery 31 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). Silverthorne is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the World Conference Against A&H Bombs and the Puffin Foundation. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the John Wilson City Hall Building in Washington, DC. Since 2010, she has taught undergraduate darkroom photography courses at American University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Montgomery College. Silverthorne has also taught courses through MECA’s Continuing Studies program. Silverthorne is currently based in Washington, DC. Learn more about the artist at: www.alexandrasilverthorne.com

 

D.B. Stovall: A Washington, DC area native, D. B. Stovall bought his first camera at age 10, a Rosko purchased for 88 cents at Murphy’s Five and Dime. Quickly moving on to various Instamatics, an old Leica D, and finally Japanese 35mm SLRs, Stovall explored various aspects of black and white photography, becoming adept at all kinds of darkroom work by the time he entered high school. Stovall was introduced to the view camera at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the very early 1970s and by 1974 moved on to large format (4″x 5″) color transparency in a realism-based vision, which he still practices today. Since 2008, Stovall has been in more than 100 juried shows all over the U.S. as well as several solo exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include: VisArts (Rockville, MD), Adah Rose Gallery (Kensington, MD), Icehouse (Berkeley Springs, WV), Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC), The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center (Frederick, MD) and Glenview Mansion Art Gallery (Rockville, MD). Recent juried group exhibitions include Hoyt Institute of Fine Art (New Castle, PA), Maryland Federation of Art (Annapolis, MD), ArtSpace Herndon (Herndon, VA), d’ART Center (Norfolk, VA), 1212 Gallery (Richmond, VA), Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY), 1650 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Gallery Photographica (San Francisco, CA) and Lake Eustis Museum of Art (Eustis, FL). Learn more about the artist at: www.dbstovall.com

EXHIBITION TITLES: Alexandra Silverthorne: “All the Ways In” &

D. B. Stovall: “A Love Affair with Light: Photographs of the American Vernacular,”

EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW: Thursday, July 21 – Saturday, August 27, 2016 (FREE)

MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION: Saturday, July 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (FREE)

OPEN HOUSE EVENT: Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (FREE)

Meet photographers Alexandra Silverthorne and D. B. Stovall and learn more about their old-school cameras.

EXHIBIT LOCATION: The Kay Gallery (lower level)

BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874

PRICE: FREE

GALLERY HOURS: Monday–Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*

*Also open select evening and Sunday hours when performances and classes are offered.

Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm open hours for specific dates.

INFORMATION: 301-528-2260 or www.blackrockcenter.org

 

ABOUT BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS: BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries presenting more than 24 exhibitions per year, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes, workshops and camps in the performing and visual arts are offered for all ages.

 

FREE PARKING & RIDE ON BUS 15-MINUTE EXPRESS SERVICE FROM SHADY GROVE METRO (RED LINE): BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Branch Montgomery County Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot at the rear of our building and along the street. Ride Metrorail to Shady Grove Station (Red Line) and transfer to Ride On Bus Route 100 (15-minute Express Bus Service from Metro Shady Grove Station to the Germantown Transit Center [GTC] on Aircraft Drive). From GTC, walk four blocks west, following Century Boulevard to our front door, or transfer to Ride On Bus Route 97 which stops in front of BlackRock. Check schedules by calling 240-777-7433 or visiting: www.rideonbus.com and www.metroopensdoors.com

 

HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES AVAILABLE FOR REPRODUCTION:

Captions for images attached to this email, additional high-resolution images available upon request

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Caption: Alexandra Silverthorne, “Untitled,” Silver gelatin print.

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Caption: Alexandra Silverthorne, “Untitled,” Silver gelatin print.

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Caption: Alexandra Silverthorne, “Untitled,” Silver gelatin print.

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Caption: D. B. Stovall, “McKeesport, Pennsylvania October 2011,” Archival pigment print, 32 x 39 inches (framed)

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Caption: D. B. Stovall, “Johnstown, Pennsylvania November 2015,”Archival pigment print, 32 x 39 inches (framed).

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Caption: D. B. Stovall, “Johnstown, Pennsylvania November 2015 (2),”Archival pigment print, 32 x 39 inches (framed).

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Caption: D. B. Stovall, “Rochester, New York October 2014,” Archival pigment print, 32 x 39 inches (framed)

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