The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DRIVING HOME Photographs by Sarah Holbrook


Photographs by Sarah Holbrook

December 13 – January 4

Artist Reception: Friday, December 16: 5-7 pm

Gallery Holiday hours: Tuesdays – Sundays, 12-5, Friday, 12-8

Closed: Dec. 25, 26, Jan. 1

Taking a photograph is part magical journey to the spot where the rock leans just West, the mountain breaks the clouds or the woman turns her face into darkness . . . part magical pause filled with belief that the light will turn, the receding wave will leave its signature, she will set her glass in front of the candle . . . part moment of recognition as the image is tossed before you, in an instant, headlights catch snow, the wave breaks, she smiles . . . but always it is the gift of light, the dance of light, dancing with the wave and into the camera, dancing with her face and into the lens. I am grateful to have been able to hold a camera all these years.

Sarah Holbrook is a local photographer. She studied Philosophy at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts and worked in photography, film and television in New York City in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. Holbrook worked solely with handmade cameras in the 1990’s and now works with both pinhole and digital cameras. She has spent most of her life photographing in New England. Currently she travels to Greenland, Iceland and arctic destinations when possible, photographing the grandeur and fragility of the polar regions. She incorporates movement and low light in her work, with snow, ice, night and water as her inspirations.

Holbrook has exhibited throughout New England with solo shows in Boston, Wiscasset ME, Deerfield, Greenfield, and Shelburne Falls.


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