September 2-October 30
No Friday Artist Reception
Join Bob Rosen for an informal ASK THE ARTIST
talk and tour through his new INSIDE-OUT exhibit
from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM on both Saturdays, September 19th & October 10th
THE RISING STAR MILL: INSIDE OUT
10% of all sales from the show will be donated to the Rising Star Mill
In 2010 I was invited by the Rising Star Mill Art Show Committee to present my work at that year’s art show. It was the first time my work was shown to the public. I have continued to participate in the show every year since. COVID 19 forced the cancelation of this year’s show and the rest of the summer events planned for the mill. These events raise the funds that are used to maintain the property.
The photography was done in April and May of 2020. My intention was to focus on the shapes and light inside the mill. I chose cloudy days where the light coming into the windows was diffused. Most of the images were captured using that natural light. However, a few images in the basement were lit by a single light bulb from the ceiling. Since it was fairly dark in the mill requiring long exposures, I used a tripod for all the images. Some of the exposures were as long as thirty seconds.
I see the images as a dance of light and shadows. Some images focus on the machinery as Industrial Sculpture. Some present a medley of intersecting and diverging lines. Texture and color are also at play. Several images of random machinery parts are presented as industrial still life collages.
My titles are borrowed from 19th century music tradition where composers would publish a collection of compositions. The collection’s opus would reflect the chronological order of the composer’s music with each composition in the collection having its own distinct number.
For example, Nocturne Opus 55, No. Two in F minor by Frederic Chopin.
The Rising Star Mill Committee has been looking after the mill as a part of the Portage County Historical Society. Members of the committee, Marianne and Jim Walker, arranged for me to have access and have provided background about the various areas and machinery in the building. I am grateful for their help and very appreciative for the opportunity to present my images of the Rising Star Mill.
Six times a year (every two months) the Gallery hosts a new show featuring one or more artists in the front of the building, while showing works of all the Q members in the back. Each new show features an opening reception where the public can meet the artists and enjoy food and drinks. Normally, these are on the first Friday evening (5-7) on the odd months.
Due to COVID-19 all receptions and specials events are canceled until further notice.