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After the Fair:
Photographs by Jessica Star

March 3 to April 30.

Nine beautiful prints all made from photographs taken at night at the Greenfield County Fair fill the gallery with elegant works.
Everyone is invited to the artist’s reception
in the Herrick Room, Saturday, March 11, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.


The Wendell Library is proud to present “After the Fair”, Jessica Star’s title of her new exhibition of photographs.

After the Fair 2Though the setting, a county fair, is not unusual, Star’s decision to photograph lit up areas at night make all these prints seem otherworldly. The compositions use sprinklings of brightly colored lights against an inky black background to create both surprise and mystery. The visual contrasts are startling, and the objects in the photographs are often barely distinguishable. This makes for enticing and unique images. Some of the prints, especially “TWOBG Round and Round”, “Love the Ride”, “Please Dumbo” and “Landslide” remind this viewer of a night sky filled with brightly colored stars. Other compositions like “In Her Dreams” and “Line dancing at Night” present sections of the fair with partially identifiable imagery which fade into the black background.

Star writes: “Out of over 4,000 photos taken during the Franklin County Fair in 2013, I have created a series of images that capture the fair as we never get to see it, still and quiet. Some of the rides are being packed up; others are still in place. I am in awe of the spectacle of the carnival, however, I find the event itself to be too noisy and over stimulating. These photos give me a quiet space to reckon with the ‘flashy glory’ of the lights and the art of the rides at my own pace.”

The prints are handsomely presented in identical black frames done by Ken Levine of Frames, Ink of Athol. All photographs are 10" by 13" and are printed on Epson Archival Inkjet paper from an Epson R2880 printer. Star used a Canon 6D camera for this work, as she does for many of her other photographs. The camera allows her much latitude for taking photographs, and the printing guarantees professional results. She has been taking photographs for about twenty-five years, and has shown her work in Boston, San Francisco, and in Athens, Georgia.

The exhibition will run from March 3 to April 30.

Richard Baldwin
March 7, 2017

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