WESTERLY — Photography fans can enjoy some time travel this month at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery. In honor of Westerly's 350th anniversary,  photographers Lisle Ann Jackson and Ed Porter have capture different times and places "as they view the world around them through a different lens," said artist Helen Roy in a statement. 

Artists from the gallery take turns writing about the monthly featured artists, and this month, Roy, a learning specialist and artist, took her turn with the pen.

Jackson, a retired mental health counselor, at last "has time to indulge her passion for creating images," said Roy in the statement. "She considers herself a painterly photographer because she uses her photographic device, currently a cell phone, instead of a brush to create the picture she desires."

"Jackson believes her best artistic gift is her ability to see and capture images in a fairly unique way," added Roy, "She has often been told she has a good eye, and delights in creating works that make the viewer ask 'what exactly is that?'"

Being a bit of a purist, Jackson rarely changes the image as captured, said Roy, although she will on occasion "crop or slightly enhance the color."

"Flowers, the sea and wood are some of her favorite subjects," said Roy. "She has a love for faces and sees them everywhere, especially in wood."

Porter, who grew up in rural northern Maine, told Roy that because he and his brothers were always outside with their father, hiking, skiing and fishing, he was has an abiding love of the outdoors which is the reason he likes to photograph landscapes and seascapes.

Porter started drawing and painting at a young age and was drawn to photography while at Philadelphia College of Art, Roy said, and "continued on to Rhode Island School of Design for an MFA."

Now retired, Porter has more time to spend on his photography and is in the process of starting a photography business.

"I, for the most part, feel the image as seen, is the most important thing to me," he told Roy. "When necessary he will sometimes use Photoshop to clarify or bring out what is seen "because I feel it has merit as an altered image."

August’s show will also include pieces from gallery members while members of the Ninigret Art Guild will display work in the United in Art Community Gallery. The Ninigret Art Guild is made up of painters from shoreline areas of Connecticut and Rhode Island who have been painting as a group since 1995. They share a lifelong interest in creating art, especially landscapes and seascapes, Roy said. 

The artists, who meet monthly to exchange ideas, create art, perfect techniques and enjoy the plein air art experience, include Debi Graves, Peg Gwaltney, Roni Johannsen, Bill Nieranowski, Kate Prior, Janice Ricker, Lucille Selvidio and Howard Park, the Guild’s mentor and instructor.  

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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