Brush Strokes Gallery Features Norma Woodward’s “Life in Monochrome” Exhibit
DATEMarch 1 @ 11:00 am - April 4 @ 5:00 pm Free
Viewing “Life in Monochrome,” Brush Strokes featured exhibit by photographer Norma Woodward, is a thought-provoking and unforgettable experience. Norma is known for her penchant to travel far and wide, including seven road-trips on Route 66 and ventures abroad. But this exhibit is powerful not because of the unusual or exotic locales of her images but because of her talent in recognizing the right subject in the right place at the right time, augmented by converting the original color images to monochrome.
Images in this exhibit range from rising bubbles being blown in an Eastern European town square, to a small abandoned store guarded by a lone cat in a tiny rural Virginia crossroads town, to an undiscovered and unrecognized metal heart on a wooden fence right in our own backyard in Fredericksburg. Norma muses, “I seem to notice things that other people ignore. Folks ask me ‘How did you see that?’ and I ponder ‘How could I not see it?'”
The display of black and white photos is arresting and intriguing and elicits among its viewers a heightened sensory awareness, akin to experiencing the sounds around us while blindfolded. The absence of color seems to heighten the contrasts, values, and “personality” of an image. In addition, the black and white images create an aura of mystery and a sense that we are somehow peeking into another life.
“Our world is filled with constant whizzing and whirling, I am inviting viewers to join me in the experience of a moment of stillness,” said Norma. “The absence of the expected aspect of color in everyday scenes changes the focus to contrast, line, and form, and I emphasize the beauty of that vision in ‘Life in Monochrome’.”
Norma’s “Life in Monochrome” exhibit will be displayed from February 25 through March 31, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet and chat with her at the exhibit’s opening reception on “First Friday,” March 1, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Visit Brush Strokes Gallery at 824 Caroline Street, open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, to view the special exhibit and our artists’ creations in a spectrum of mediums, including hand-crafted jewelry, unique glass art, charcoal drawings, pastels, photography, and paintings in oils, watercolors, acrylics, and mixed-media.