Opening reception for Jack McConnell open to the public

Somewhere Near: Capital Cityscapes
Photography by Jack McConnell
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 1, 2018 from 3-5 pm.

Somewhere Near: Capital Cityscapes
Photography by Jack McConnell

Jack McConnell reinterprets Hartford, a city so familiar
to him from 45 years of photography, he wonders if he
can possibly see it with fresh eyes.

Jack McConnell’s Fine Art photos tell a story.

Armed only with an extreme telephoto 400-550mm lens, an extreme wide angle 8-15mm lens, and a multi-colored polarizing filter. I challenge myself to find details and compressed layers of line, form and color that convey the legacy of 300 years of architecture within the bounds of one of the oldest cities in America. Sometimes I’m standing a quarter-mile from my subject, other times my nose is pressed to window glass to capture reflected juxtapositions of buildings or sky.

A couple of days each week, I go looking, looking, looking-seeing Hartford anew. I use a multi-color polarizing filter to emphasize the differences in warm and cool light. I go at 6 am and 8 pm to capture the best possible light. I go on rainy days and sunny days to find reflections of buildings in other buildings. I look for signage, statues, friezes, graffiti, all the details that make Hartford distinct from other cities. I’m amazed by what I can find in these compressed spaces. In many of the photos, even though there’s barely anything to give away the identity of the buildings, there’s just enough, and most viewers seem to know that it’s City Place, or the Goodwin, or the back of the XL Center.

Color comes from the shadows and light of early dawn or dusk, and the reflections of one building in another, or the clouds and sky, or by tilting the angle of my camera, or by rotating the multi-colored polarizing filter on my lens. When I process the files, I can push or pull the overall color tones to make the color stronger or softer; but I’m not changing any one portion of the image as you might expect. It’s trusting the serendipity and enjoying the moment of tripping the shutter and later processing the file.

I want these energetic photos to help Hartford re-introduce itself to visitors from away, to neighbors from the suburbs, and to workers, residents and visionaries. I’d like to plaster the photos on billboards along I-91 and I-84, wire them to chain link fences surrounding construction sites, project them onto buildings and play a sequence to music every night at 9pm. It would be my dream if these photos could help create the buy-in that’s needed to create a new reality here in Hartford. If not now, when?

From Feb 6 – April 16 I’m sharing these city photographs with Good News Restaurant & Bar Gallery so the folks near Woodbury can view scenes of the Capital City 40 miles east.

Good News Restaurant & Bar
694 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT 06798

Good News Restaurant & Bar is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Closed Tuesdays and open from 12 Noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.
The February 11th reception from 3 to 5 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Opening reception for Carol Zamcheck open to the public

Carol Zamcheck will be showing some of her stone sculptures at The Good News Restaurant & Bar now through March 2018. Her 5 pieces that have taken up residency at the Good News Restaurant are carved out of Alabaster. She starts out with a rough piece of stone and with hand chisels, pneumatic tools, files, rifflers and sandpaper creates a finished piece. It takes her roughly about a year to finish a stone piece with some starting out weighing 100 pounds.

Carol studied printmaking at CW Post College & in Florence Italy. Her etchings are of whimsical insects. She learned stone carving at the Carving Studio in Rutland’ Vermont, an abandoned marble quarry that has become an international school for stone carving.

Carol has shown her stone pieces & etchings throughout the metropolitan area and New England. She is a member of the Connecticut Women Artist and the Society of Connecticut Sculptors. She has a printmaking studio and a Carving shed in Redding Connecticut.

You may enjoy her craft during the months of February and March 2018. Please join us for an open cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception on Sunday, February 12th between 3-5pm.