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‘Manescapes’ at the Alliance


October 20, 2011

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Manescapes,” an exhibit of photography by LaVerne Black, opens with a reception on Friday, October 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alliance Gallery at the Delaware Arts Center. The exhibit will be on view through November 12.

The work in “Manescapes” documents horses’ manes, some lush and flowing, others textured and unkempt. “By eliminating extraneous elements from the frame, parts become a complete image,” Black said. “I begin to see cascading waterfalls, a storm brewing behind a mountain edge, a sun dappled hillside, rippling ocean waves, the texture of sand and surf, sedge grass undulating in the wind: an infinite variety of parts contributing to the whole.”

Black was born on a small farm in Sullivan County and has exhibited her photographs widely throughout the Catskills. Over the past several years, she has been working with historian Carol Smythe to preserve local farm architecture through photographs.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the Arts Council for Sullivan County, NY, and is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.