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Images by Allyson Ely, Phil Lewenthal, Elaine Heron, & Ken Fowkes Selected by PhotoPlace Gallery

Ellen Gilkerson | Published on 6/9/2023

Images by PACC members Allyson ElyPhil LewenthalElaine Heron, and Ken Fowkes were selected for inclusion in three exhibitions at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont.  


– Animalia:

Three images by Ken were included in the Animalia exhibition: one in the Exhibition Gallery and two in the Online Gallery.  Animalia ran from May 4 through June 2.  The call for entry sought images that reveal the essence of a member of the animal kingdom: its intrinsic nature, its motion, its vulnerability, its power, or the way it relates to humans.  The juror was Traer Scott, a photographer who specializes in animal photography, the human/animal bond, and conservation-themed fine art photography.

Ken says about Casey Crossing the Gate, the image that was selected for the Gallery Exhibition:  Itwas taken on a sunny winter morning after a nighttime storm.  The sun had warmed the rain-soaked wood of this garden gate, creating a wonderful display of rising mist as a backdrop for my backlit yard cat.  Check out his snail and his, uh… bug, in the Online Gallery, too!

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Ken Fowkes:  Casey Crossing the Gate

– Quiet Landscapes:

Phil’s image, Quiet Mood 3, was selected for inclusion in the Exhibition Gallery for the Quiet Landscapes Exhibition, which just opened.  This exhibition rums from June 8 through July 6.  The call for entry asked for all genres of landscape: natural, urban, industrial, and abstract – show us how you see the world, in a quiet mode.  The juror was Wendi Schneider, an American artist widely known for her ongoing series of hand gilded photographs.

Phil says:  Quiet Mood 3 was taken at Salt Point in May, 2022.  One of the things I especially like about taking long exposure images (this one was 30 seconds) is that I never know what they will look like.  In this case, time calmed and simplified the turbulent ocean in a way that I hoped for but could not predict.  Sometimes thephotogods smile.

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Phil Lewenthal:  Quiet Mood 3

– Capturing the Light:

Images by AllysonPhil, and Elaine were selected for Capturing the Light, the exhibition that will take place July 14 through August 11.  The call for entry solicited images whose success rests in the quality of the light — natural or artificial, harsh or diffuse, bright or dim — their subjects made extraordinary by the light that falls on them.The juror was Ann Jastrab, a fine art photographer and Executive Director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel.

Allyson’s image, Ladder, 2022, was selected for the Online Gallery:  She says:  This was taken inside a working cement storage silo.  I’m captivated by this quiet world of shadows, dim light, unfamiliar machinery, and discarded equipment.  The juxtaposition of the productive with the abandoned gives this place an otherworldly feeling.

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Allyson Ely:  Ladder, 2022

Phil’s image, The Ancients, will appear in the Exhibition Gallery.  He says:  I stopped by Bodega Head early one morning on my way to Santa Rosa as the sun was coming up in the south and was treated to a great display of shadows and light on the rocks below.  These two reminded me of some kind of ancient fortress.  The long exposure combined with the white surf revealed shadows that I don't normally see on water.  Of course, the sea palms are always a gift.  Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

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Phil Lewenthal The Ancients

Elaine’s stunning image, Keeping Warm in the Gobi Desert, will appear in the Online Gallery.
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Elaine Heron:  Keeping Warm in the Gobi Desert

PhotoPlace Gallery, located in the oldest remaining residence in Middlebury, offers monthly juried exhibitions to photographers worldwide, each with a new topic and an internationally recognized juror.  All images selected for the Exhibition Gallery will hang in the physical gallery for the duration of the exhibit, while those selected for the Online Gallery will be viewable in the gallery by continuous-loop projection.  All images from both galleries remain permanently on the website, are reproduced in the exhibit catalog, and are promoted on social media.





PhotoPlace Gallery

  3 Park Street

  Middlebury, Vermont 05753


Animalia Exhibition:

  May 4 – June 2

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Quiet Landscapes Exhibition:

  June 8 – July 6

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Capturing the Light Exhibition:

  July 14 – August 11

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Gallery hours:

  11 am to 4 pm, Tuesday – Friday