New Canaan's Carriage Barn Arts Center Hosts Opens For Photography Show

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — The Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan will host a group art show highlighting the history of photography as well as the development and evolution of the camera.

The Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan

The Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan

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The opening reception kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs until Sunday, Feb. 8.

About 120 works from 75 contemporary artists from Fairfield and Westchester counties were selected by the juror of the exhibition, Robert Gurbo, curator of the Estate of André Kertész and the André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation in New York. In the late 1970s, Gurbo began working for André Kertész, one of the most inventive, influential, and prolific photographers in the medium’s history.

In conjunction with the contemporary pieces, the directors Arianne Kolb and Eleanor Flatow, with the help of exhibiting artist and collector Thomas Mezzanotte, curated a historical section that highlights some of the cameras and processes employed by photographers over the past 100 years. The exhibition displays vintage cameras as well as early photographs, such a daguerreotypes and tintypes. 

The exhibition, which also features photos by talented middle and high school students, is sponsored by Bankwell, the Boyd Law Group, Karl Chevrolet, New Canaan Music, Palmer’s Market, The Summer House, and Weed & Duryea.

Two lectures will be held during the show and are sponsored by the New Canaan Community Foundation.

The first lecture by exhibiting artist Thomas Mezzanotte entitled “A Passion for Process: One Artist’s Journey through Photographic History,” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. 

The second lecture on André Kertész will be given by the Juror Robert Gurbo on Thursday, Feb. 5. A $10 fee for members and $15 for nonmembers includes a wine reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. 

A photography workshop for children ages 8 to 12 will be offered by the artist and teacher Carrie Brady on Sunday, Feb. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Gen Re, the Kiwanis Club of New Canaan, the Newcomers Club, and the Rotary Club of New Canaan are sponsoring the workshop, which will be held at the Carriage Barn Arts Center. The fee is $20 for nonmembers and $15 for members. 

On Monday, Jan. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, exhibiting artist Julie Stauffer will teach an iPhone workshop for adults. The fee is $40 per person and space is limited. 

Reservations are required for the workshops and can be made by emailing or call 203-972-1895. 

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