Artist members hold solo shows at SVAC

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MANCHESTER — "Painting Nature with Photography" is the theme of photographer Matthew Lerman's latest solo exhibit at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

The show opens Saturday and runs through Oct. 4 in Gallery 5, with an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m.

Lerman is one of several artist members taking part in the Late Summer/ Early Fall Solo Exhibitions at SVAC's Yester House. The artwork selected for these shows varies from impressionistic 2-D paintings to abstract sculptures, textile arts, photography and collage. Exhibiting artists, in addition to Lerman, include Dona Mara Friedman, Patty Hudak, Deborah Liljegren, Carol MacDonald, Kathy Stark, Emily Tirioni and Judith Rey/Denis Versweyveld.

Lerman's exhibit will consist of 20 images printed on aluminum.

"The aluminum substrate gives each picture a special vibrance and life-like impression that captures the uniqueness of life on our planet," SVAC said in a media release. Lerman's photographs include scenic vistas to emotional portraits of plant and animal life.

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Lerman has been photographing nature since he was a little boy. His journey with photography really began when he was about 6 years old, when his dad taught him the basics of developing film and printing photographs. The first picture he developed was an x-ray of his broken toe.

Early on, Lerman realized that beyond those family snapshots existed an awesome and breathtaking natural world, a world filled with wonders infinitely more powerful than family portraits. This realization began to focus and crystallize the young photographer's vision onto the natural world and before too long, voila; a photographer-naturalist-biology professor was created.

Lerman has dedicated his life to exploring nature and helping others see the beauty and splendor surrounding us.

He also spent 40 years teaching biology in New York City area. When he saw the need for a marine biology textbook, he sat down and wrote one featuring many of his own photographs. He has been a college professor of biology, marine ecology, oceanography, marine mammalogy, and anatomy-physiology.

His background in biology and love of photography have forged a deep appreciation for the land. The myriad intricate connections within the biosphere have inspired a deep and abiding understanding of our world. Lerman has said that, photography allows him to capture and portray a sampling of the biological events occurring.


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