‘Shapes and Shadows’ lurk at Middle Street

Room After Room, by Gary Anthes

From contributed reports
The Middle Street Gallery, the 15-person non-profit artist’s cooperative in Washington, will show the works of two member photographers throughout October.

The show, “Shapes and Shadows,” will feature the works of Joanne Levine of Sperryville and Washington, D.C. and Gary Anthes of Castleton and Arlington, Va. It will be their third joint show at the gallery. All works are for sale.

The artists will have a free reception, with refreshments, from 2 to 5 on Saturday, Oct. 2. The public is invited to come and meet the artists and see their works.

In addition, Levine will hold a free photo critique from 1 to 3 on Oct. 9, and Anthes will do the same on Oct. 23. Bring your photos to the gallery for their assessment.

Step into the Shadow, by Joanne Levine.

Levine, who usually shows landscape photographs, will exhibit mostly images of manmade structures. “I wanted to reveal the beauty that is hidden away, even in the heart of downtown Washington,” she says. She photographed places as varied as the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the National Zoo and the streets of downtown D.C.

Her photos feature dramatic shadows or strong lines; even the plants she photographed have an architectural quality. “If my photos get people to look for the beauty that exists even in their everyday surroundings, I will consider my show to be successful.”

Anthes will exhibit photographs from his “Ghosts” portfolio — images of old abandoned houses, cars, commercial buildings and the like. “These photographs are both mysterious and sad,” he says. “They invite the viewer to ask, ‘What happened here? Why are the people gone, and why has no one come to replace them?’

“I believe photographs should demand that the viewer get involved,” Anthes adds. “In these photos, that means hinting at a story that is only partly told.”

Both Levine and Anthes have partially set aside previous careers — Levine in law and Anthes in journalism — in favor of photography. The works of both have won numerous prizes, been selected for juried shows and hang in numerous private collections.
The Middle Street Gallery is an independent, non-profit cooperative gallery located next to The Inn at Little Washington. It is open 11 to 6 hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will offer free candy to the public on Halloween weekend. Visit middlestreetgallery.org or call 540-675-3440 (weekends) for more information.

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