Gloria Baker Feinstein & Douglas Beasley

January 7th – 30th 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, January 7th 6-9pm

Gloria Baker Feinstein Lecture: Saturday, January 8th 2pm

Douglas Beasley Lecture: Saturday, February 5th 7pm

 

Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Gloria Baker Feinstein and Douglas Beasley. The exhibition opening and artist’s lectures are both free and open to the public. The lectures are a great opportunity to hear both artists candidly discuss their work and process.

 

GLORIA BAKER FEINSTEIN

Uganda

[artist website]

Gloria Baker Feinstein grew up in Kentucky, and relocated to Kansas City in 1980. There, she opened the Baker Gallery, specializing in the exhibition and sale of 20th century fine art photography. With the birth of her two children, Feinstein made a conscious decision to move her own image-making to the back burner. Fourteen years later, on her fortieth birthday, she decided to dust off her Hasselblad and start making photographs again. Now fifty-six, she has completed several bodies of photographic work which have been exhibited and published on a national level. Shortly after her return from a 2006 trip to east Africa, Feinstein established a non-profit organization to assist Ugandan children who have become orphans due to HIV/AIDS and civil war.

Gloria will be exhibiting images taken during her travels in Uganda. She writes, “The hills are lush, the roads rutted and pitted. Sounds drift down from the villages, voices lifted in song now and then. In Uganda, there is something sorrowful and achingly sad in the air, in the eyes of the orphaned children, in the dirty water they drink, in the torn clothing they wear, in the doomed future many of them face. There is also something completely beautiful and uplifting in the air, in the quiet way the sun rises up and gently lays back down, in the elegant and graceful stance of the women, in the impromptu games of the children, in the throbbing of the drums, in the gladness of a tender greeting from a perfect strange…Sometimes the faces of the children cloud over with something I have no way of recognizing. At other times, as a mother and fellow citizen of the world, the mixture of pain and joy is all too familiar. That combination, that contradiction, that fact of life is what I have tried to address with these pictures.”

 

DOUGLAS BEASLEY

The Sacred Landscape

[artist website]

Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey. Much of his personal work, including Sacred Sites of the Lakota, Disappearing Green Space, Sacred Places and Earth Meets Spirit are supported by grants and commissions and have been widely exhibited and collected. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and published and exhibited internationally. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, published in 1999, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s homeland. His second book Earth Meets Spirit, based on a personal vision of the sacred landscape, is due out in 2011. Beasley also teaches workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. His workshops are held worldwide in places such as Santa Fe, Maine, Woodstock, Hawaii, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Kenya and China.

Douglas continues to explore the notion of what is sacred in his photography and in his life. He lives in a small wooden home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN where, when not out traveling the world, he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music.