Flight of the Spirit
Art on Main, 25 C Main Street, Artists'Alley, Bristol, VT, presents an exhibition of photographs by Russell Hansen and clay sculpture by Erik Rehman, September 1-30. Saturday, September 4, there will be an artist chat from 2-3 p.m., when the artists will discuss their work and respond to questions. Following, until 5 p.m. there will be a reception. The talk, exhibition and reception are part of a yearlong series at Bristol's community art center and cooperative artists' gallery which each month features two of the artists whose work the gallery represents. The series is free and open to the public.
Russell Hansen, 1921-2002 was a physics teacher, electrical engineer, inventor, innovator and nature photographer who photographed birds in flight for more than 25 years. He photographed more than 130 species of birds within 3 feet of the camera. These photographs are unique in the world of wildlife photography. His traveling exhibit "Birds in Flight" has been featured at more than 50 museums since 1992, and his photographs have appeared in numerous periodicals and books.
Russ designed and built the electronic flashes and circuitry necessary to stop the wing action of a bird as it breaks a light beam that triggers a motor-driven camera. He also designed and built a computer that measures flight speed and precisely spaces the firing of up to six electronic flashes at uniform time intervals in order to produce multiple-image photos of birds and bats.
Erik Rehman is a 1998 graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, with a BFA in ceramics. He currently lives and works in Burlington, where he teaches at the Living/Learning pottery co-op at UVM. His work has been featured in exhibitions at galleries throughout Vermont and in Nebraska.
Erik's clay sculpture is often accompanied by his poetry which enhances the expression of his vision of life's discoveries " to share, a world of this vision, reflected through my eyes, through metaphors of personal experience, memories, intuitions, and the introspective nature of contemplation."
For directions or more information, please call Art on Main at 802-453-4032, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10-6 and Sunday, 12-5.