Wild Animals

Contributed by Dave Montgomery

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Jon Dee returns to Collington with his amazing photos of wild animals. This show, his fifth at Collington, will be up in the library corridor until December. Jon loves both to travel and to take photographs, a fortunate blend producing travel photos ranging from Alaska to South Africa.

Beyond simply being alert, he has captured action through a combination of being in the right place at the right time and taking many shots, a practice encouraged by his use of digital photography. One outstanding picture in the show caught a killer whale breaching next to his boat in Alaska.

Jon often carries two cameras, allowing his use of lenses with different characteristics without having to remove and attach lenses in the middle of a shoot.

The son-in-law of Collington residents Anne and Herb Stone, he considers himself a snowbird, with a condo in Arizona. Future trips may take him to our national parks.

Show of Openings

Contributed by Dave Montgomery

The Auditorium Corridor now displays photographs by Dave Montgomery in the theme of “Openings.” The shots were selected from Dave’s portfolio mainly to include doors and windows while allowing other “openings” into the display; the manhole sneaks in through the definition of openings. The style of the display diverges from earlier Collington shows by Dave in that this is pure photography, in distinction from the previous Collington displays in which photos were heavily edited (some say manipulated) after the camera shutter clicked.

A curious feature of the photograph scenes is that only one (captured just off Washington’s Dupont Circle) was taken in America. The international selection was not intention; it merely reflects the observation that Dave’s camera is more likely to be out while he travels.

Another observation of the show is that it has been interpreted as a show of architecture, a subject of its own importance. While an observer can interpret any picture in terms of its broad architecture, the intended focus is in the opening.

The show is scheduled to be up until December 15. A contribution from any sales will go to the Residents Association.

More than Maine

IMG_3060bAnn Davie has mounted a show of her water colors in the library corridor. The show will be on the wall through May 2019.

Ann has viewed her study of water color painting as a weekly mini-vacation, as she would leave behind the cares of chaplaincy in Washington and drive across the river and down the GW Parkway to take classes at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA, She studied primarily with Susan Herron. In 2010 she began adding to coursework, workshops with Susan Abbott, taking groups to paint in Paris and the Bahamas and Vermont. (As it happens, none of those trips are represented here.)

However, the most dominant influence in the landscapes has been her summer days at Isle au Haut, ME where, for 50 years, she has found renewal and joy in the moods and images of the seas and skies, rocks and birds.

A number of the pictures here are from photos Ann took at the Island. Others are based on copies of bird photos in books, and in one case a copy of a favorite and famous Bonnard window painting (inspired by needing a window in her Collington bathroom! )

The single outside picture done at Collington shows the regatta on our lake in 2017.

Sometimes a “successful” picture is the result of many hours of work; occasionally a quick sketch assumes a personality of its own. Never having had a show, or even entered one before, Ann says she very much appreciates the encouragement to do so now!

Collins Exhibit

Contributed by David Montgomery

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Fishing Village by Yu

Selections from the art collection of Don and Judy Collins are now on display in the auditorium corridor. The works now hung represent about a fifth of all the Collins pieces. Anne Stone selected works for this exhibit.

The Collinses started their collection in the 1970’s. Don gives credit for his art appreciation to courses he took. Their choice of purchases has been based on esthetics; the selection is just what they enjoy. Much of their work comes from Connecticut and New Jersey, where ships and coastal scenes catch their eyes. Purchases have found an emphasis on pieces found at the Mystic Art Festival in Connecticut. Their collection, focusing on contemporary artists, covers all media.

The Collington exhibit emphasizes water colors. Six of the pieces were painted by renowned artist John A. Brunner (1868-1948), a great uncle of Don.

Don and Judy intend to add to their collection, and Mystic will be on their purchase itinerary.

Photo abstraction at Collington

inner_harborThere is some fascinating new art work hanging in the corridor outside the Auditorium.  The works are by resident Dave Montgomery, and many residents will likely enjoy the subjects and their colors and presentation.   Here’s what Dave says about his work:

I have hung a show of photo abstraction in the auditorium corridor.

For many years I have been interested in the artistic line between abstraction and reality. How much is necessary within an abstraction to allow a viewer to identify some reality? And is the identification necessary? In other words, why worry about reality if the strength of the picture is its composition or ordering or color or any other criterion applied to an abstraction?

Back to basics, what determines the success of an abstraction if (in the usual case) there is no attempt to connect with reality? My conversations with abstract artists plus attempts at academic analysis lead me to suggest that a significant approach to an abstraction is to view it as a whole. Do not, according to this approach, overly analyze interrelationships nor positions within the picture; just look with open eyes at the whole picture.

However, when I introduce the possibility of a connection with reality, additional options add to the mix in analysis and appreciation. With any positive chance in viewing the result, the observer is able to see the original reality and how that is displayed. The depiction is in itself an artistic endeavor giving more options. I propose that reality within abstraction adds to the possibility for appreciation.

If you visit the third-floor meting room (next to apartment 351), you can see a similar effect with different execution. Look for the building front in Cairo, Illinois.

Other styles and directions are on my website .