Eva G. Farris Art Gallery
Shadows of Lacock
By Laura Hartford
Shadows of Lacock is an exhibit of photographs created using the calotype paper negative process invented in 1840 by William Henry Fox Talbot at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, England. It was Talbot’s goal to firmly “fix” the shadow images created by the camera obscura, and after years of experimentation with silver salts on paper, he developed the first photographic negatives. Many of the images in this exhibit were taken during a month-long residency at Lacock, which is seeped in layers of history beginning with its foundation as a 13th century convent. The images are a reflection on the nature and birth of photography, and they explore the calotype as a unique instrument with which to capture the passage of time. Like many photographers working in historic processes, Hartford is interested in the aesthetic character of the medium as well as the unique emotional aura evoked by the chiaroscuro and texture of the paper negative.
Special Events - Friday, October 24
Artist's Lecture - 3 p.m.
Thomas More College Science Lecture Hall
Photographer, Laura Hartford will present a lecture on Lacock Abbey and the birth of photography, including information about Fox Talbot, his photographic circle, and the invention of the calotype.
Artist reception - 4 to 7 p.m.
Refreshments provided, open to the public.
On June 21, 2007, Thomas More College unveiled the naming of the new Art Gallery as the "Eva G. Farris Art Gallery." Over 150 friends attended the celebration, which was a surprise to the honoree as part of the annual Thomas More College Foundation Event. After the unveiling, friends dined in the Thomas More Library and had an opportunity to tour the Gallery where a student exhibit was on display.
"For some individuals, giving of their time and resources comes naturally. Eva Farris is one of these special individuals," said Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, former president of Thomas More College. "She not only gives financial support to numerous organizations, but she serves as a committed and passionate volunteer throughout the community."
A portrait of Eva Farris, painted by Thomas More graduate, Taylor Stephenson '07, hangs on the entry wall of the Gallery. Ms. Stephenson is one of two Thomas More art graduates whose work was selected in a national competition to be displayed at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.