Lawrence Street Gallery show all about ‘exposure’

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 13, 2016

 Photo provided by Winnie Chrzanowski 
Jerry Basierbe’s photo, “Yosemite Chapel,” was named an honorable mention at the “Exposures: Photography ’16” show at the Lawrence Street Gallery.

Photo provided by Winnie Chrzanowski Jerry Basierbe’s photo, “Yosemite Chapel,” was named an honorable mention at the “Exposures: Photography ’16” show at the Lawrence Street Gallery.

Photo provided by Winnie Chrzanowski

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FERNDALE — The Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., will be holding an art show focused on photography throughout the month of April.

The show, titled “Exposures: Photography ’16,” had its opening reception with an awards ceremony on Friday, April 8. The show will continue until Friday, April 29.

Artist Winnie Chrzanowski, who also works at the gallery, said the title of the show represents how it’s all about photography: Without the right amount of exposure in a picture, you will have a bad photo.

“You will have blown-out skies or your shadows will be so dark you won’t be able to see anything in the shadows,” she said. “Exposures is an extremely important part of photography.”

Chrzanowski said that for someone considering whether or not to see the exhibit, there are portraits and landscapes, as well as experimental and digitally manipulated photos.

“It is a very wide variety,” she said.

The show was judged by Rob Kangas, program coordinator of the Oakland Community College Royal Oak Campus’s photography program. Kangas, who has judged previous shows at the gallery, has been the program head at OCC for 29 years. He has been teaching since 1981.

When judging a show like this, Kangas said one has to be open to things outside of one’s own style, but still look for an overall level of quality and excellence with the pieces.

“You’re kind of, to a certain extent, limited by the submissions, but within that, you can certainly find pieces that have unique sorts of qualities to them,” he said. “They’ll either have beautiful light or they’ll have beautiful kind of organization. Some of them have intriguing concepts. So for different pieces, you’ll often respond differently.”

Heather Gardner, of White Lake, took Best of Show with her photo titled “Portland #1.” Other winners included Italia Millan for Best Color, Madeleine Toro for Best Experimental and Andrea Einheuser for Best Black & White. Honorable mentions were given to Jerry Basierbe, Nigel Canada and Elayne Gross.

On why Gardner’s photo was deemed the Best of Show, Kangas said it’s such a subjective thing but, when looking at the photo, there was something just a little bit magical about it.

“It’s a seemingly multiple exposure of children playing in a fountain, and there’s something that is very kind of uplifting and light about it,” he said. “The light itself that is coming through the raindrops and silhouetting the children and things like that. It takes kind of a simple, innocent moment and just makes it kind of magical. And it’s technically really well done, too.”

The gallery’s hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 9 p.m. For more information, visit its website at www.lawrencestreetgallery.com or call (248) 544-0394.

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