Marcia Schulman Martin and husband, Russ Martin, are sharing the Transverse Gallery for their first dual exhibition entitled “Synergy” which is on view through April 22 at Locust Grove. As Locust Grove explains, “Their work was chosen for this unique presentation, since it is complementary on many levels. Please join us Sunday, April 15th from 2 – 4 pm at a wine & cheese reception to meet the artists and view the works. This event is free and open to the public.
Marcia Schulman Martin selected images from her “Autumn Leaves” portfolio, captured on the Vassar College campus. Her subjects, primarily leaves and water, are transformed into miniature tranquil landscapes. In a sense, they become like Zen Gardens. “She’s captured the elegance of leaves floating on water, shot with such technical precision; you feel you can almost touch the water…” – Elizabeth Avedon Her work has been featured in “Monthly Photography” (S. Korea), “Black and White Magazine”, and appeared in “Focus”, “B+W Magazine” (UK), and “Popular Photography”. She has been honored by the International Photography Awards (The Lucies) twice, nominated for a Prix de la Photographie People’s Choice Award, and received a Bronze Award from “Black and White Magazine”. Marcia holds a Master of Arts degree, and is a retired Speech/Language Pathologist.
Russ Martin chose selections from his “Hosta Project”, photographed on the grounds of Vassar College, and the “Dahlia Series”, photographed in the gardens at Locust Grove. Mr. Martin endeavors to represent his subjects differently than we have seen them before. “It is the artist’s job to show the observer things he has never seen, and open his eyes to the world around him”, he said. He uses both a normal digital SLR, and an infrared enabled digital camera.
His work has been the subject of features in numerous publications, such as “Lenswork”, “Black and White Magazine”, “Silvershotz”, “COLOR”, and “B+W” (UK). His photographs have won first place awards in: The International Photography Awards (The Lucies) three years in a row, The Prix de la Photographie, Paris, The International Garden Photographer of the Year, “Black and White Magazine”, and others. Russ received a Master of Fine Arts degree, and is retired from teaching photography on both the secondary and college levels.
Locust Grove was the nineteenth-century country estate of Samuel Morse, the artist, founder of the National Academy of Design, and the inventor of the telegraph and Morse code. In the twentieth century, the estate was owned by Poughkeepsie’s prominent Young family who were noted collectors of Hudson River School of Art paintings and the founders of the museum at Locust Grove. In honor of the site’s history and connection to the visual arts, Locust Grove annually presents solo show exhibitions. Juried by a panel of art professionals by slide or CD/ROM submissions, six artists are selected each year to exhibit their work at the site’s museum pavilion.”
Locust Grove is located at 2683 South Road (Route 9) in Poughkeepsie, New York, just 2 miles south of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.
Museum Hours: Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm
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