Hatfield Gallery hosts Graven Images

(03-13-2009)

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The opening reception for the Adams State College Hatfield Gallery exhibit, "Graven Images", cemeteries photographs from New Mexico, Colorado & Maine, by Margaret Doell, art department chair, is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, March 27. An artist lecture precedes the reception at 4 p.m. in the Art Building room 227. An encore lecture begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. The show continues through April 17.

The series of photographs began almost 15 years ago when Doell lived in Montreal, Quebec. "I often walked through Parc Mont Royal and back home through the Mount Royal Cemetery. Mount Royal Cemetery follows the tradition of larger city cemeteries that functioned as the nineteenth century's public parks. I would wander through the park-like setting and marvel at the lengths people had gone to in memorializing their loved ones through gravestones and elaborate mausoleums. When I moved to Alamosa, and the southwest, I was struck with the very different look of the cemetery. These rural, western cemeteries more closely resemble the pioneer cemetery tradition with more minimal landscaping and less elaborate gravestones. None-the-less these cemeteries also demonstrate the importance of memorializing loved ones, often through mementos and flowers."

The exhibition of photographs includes ten photographs from cemeteries in coastal Maine, where Doell's sabbatical was spent. The remaining ten photographs are from northern New Mexico and the San Luis Valley. One photograph from the Mount Royal Cemetery is also included, as a tribute to the photograph that started this series. "While the differences between various cemeteries initially interested me, they ultimately are about the beauty of a place, of the transformative power of light, and contrasts in landscapes and contexts. They are intended to act as a beautiful and respectful memorial."

The Hatfield Gallery hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 719-587-7823.

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By Linda Relyea