Pop-up photography group show opens Friday

Pop-up photography group show opens Friday

STONINGTON — A group of local photographers, organized by Westerly’s Maria Scaglione, will exhibit their work at Stonington’s La Grua Center for a two-month show. An opening recpetion is scheduled for Friday from 5-7 p.m. 

Called “A Mix of Eclectic Local and Regional Photographers,” the show, on display through January, will feature the photography of Scaglione, K.C. Perry, Suwin Chan, Tom Peterson and Markham Starr.

Scaglione, an award-winning artist and the recipient of a number of distinguished grants, meets her clients and displays her work in a studio space in downtown Westerly at Above Elite Studios. In the past year, she has invited a group of fellow artists to meet to share and critique their current photographic work. Scaglione said she thought that it would be “wonderful to organize an exhibit of this group of photographers.”

Scaglione said she expects “the exhibit will be a fascinating mixture of portraiture and landscape.”

Her company, Scaglione Photography, while based in Rhode Island and New Haven, serves all of New England, she said, and the New York metropolitan area.

Scaglione, known for bringing her highly-trained artistic eye and professional approach to her clients’ important events, was raised in southern Italy and Westerly. She attended Rhode Island College and also apprenticed herself to a marble-carving studio in the historic town of Pietrasanta in northern Italy.

Even as she was learning to carve marble, she began the serious pursuit of making photographs. When she returned to this country to pursue her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in New York, she found a fertile subject in her immediate family, who continue to carry on their old-world traditions in Westerly.

Her recent work features a cast of characters in their personal environments. Her photographs are planned as if they were three-dimensional maquettes, following Renaissance perspective exercises, she explained. She said she thinks of her work as “a small museum of humanity.”

Scaglione has received numerous awards, including a post-graduate Anthony Cerino Fellowship at the School of Visual Arts and a 2013 Fellowship Award in Photography from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

The group show opens Friday from 5-7 p.m. at La Grua Center, 32 Water Street, Stonington. The public is invited to the opening. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit continues until Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Hours are by appointment or by chance or by calling call Kelli Rocherolle at 860-535-2300 or e-mailing kelli@lagruacenter.org.


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