Opening Reception Friday, July 19th 6:30 to 9:30pm
On Exhibit July 19th through August 19th
Mary Ludington: The Nature of Dogs
This Opening Reception is Going to the Dogs!
Rather than a walk in the park, bring your dog for a walk among art. Stop by our photo booth for a snapshot of you with your four-pawed friend…fetch a special treat provided by PowerBark, a meal on the run for the dog on the go ,…and certainly don't miss renowned photographer Mary Ludington's heartfelt images capturing the essence of a dog's curiosity and soulful loyalty. So run, leap, and jump to our Friday, July 19th Opening Night, and don't forget to bring your socialized 4 legged friend.
Photo: Mary Luddington
The most social and loyal of all animals, dogs are much more than simply pets. Each breed has its own beauty, grace, and purpose. Plus, as the people who love them know, every dog possesses captivating elements of mystery. Mary Ludington has devoted her work over the last 15 years to discovering and capturing “the essence” of man’s and woman’s best friend.
Grouped together by broad canine categories (Hounds, Non-Sporting, Terriers, Herding, Sporting, Working, Toys), the photographs spotlight a striking diversity of individual dogs. To compliment the portraits, evocative commentaries shed light on the origins, history, and hallmarks of each featured breed, American Foxhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, French Bulldog, Shiba Inu, Irish Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Belgian Tervuren, Australian Shepherd, German Wirehaired Pointer, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, Portuguese Water Dog, Italian Greyhound, and Shih Tzu among them.
About Mary Ludington: Mary Ludington specializes in fine art animal photography through commissioned portraiture and personal work and is the author of The Nature of Dogs, published by Simon & Schuster in 2007. She participates in dog conformation, field trial and earth dog sports and devotes time to dog and horse rescue efforts. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner, Kevin Kling and their Basset Hound, two Cornish Rex cats and two horses. Her website is www.maryludington.com.
Jack Mader: Reading Material
Photo: Jack Mader
The books gathered for this series have been obtained from areas that were once inhabited by transients and homeless people. The books were found in carrying bags, suitcases and out in the open in and around abandoned campsites. Many of the books have spent years out in the elements of sun, rain and snow. I carefully remove the books from where I found them and bring them into my studio. There I photograph them as though they were ancient relics. These books have stories of their own to tell.
Ultimately this series is a narrative about the effects of time and the elements, the essence of books, an exploration of what it is that makes a book and how someone might use a book for something other than its intended purpose.
Occasionally in this series the title of the book and/or the author's name may appear in the image. This is merely a coincidence and has no affect on the narration, as the images of the books in this series are not about the story line in the text or the author.
About Jack Mader: Jack is the lead faculty in the Photography and Digital Imaging program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he has taught photography for the past 25 years. Jack Mader uses his camera to document his visual experience and loves to share that experience with others. Jack and his wife, Kris, who is also an artist, share a studio and live in Minneapolis. His website is: www.jackmader.com.