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Gardens: Cultivated and Wild

Posted by boston.com  August 23, 2013 10:00 AM

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Garden at Wave Hill, NY

The following was submitted by the Abbot public Library:

"Gardens: Cultivated and Wild" will be on view at the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from Wednesday, September 4th through Monday, September 30th. The exhibit consists of black and white and hand-painted photographs, all taken with black and white film, using vintage medium-format cameras. There will be a public reception, for the exhibit, on Sunday, September 8th, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  All are invited!

Gail Giarrusso has been photographing and printing her own photographs for thirty years. She worked as a darkroom printer and studio assistant in the early 1980s in New York, learning her skills from a master technician. At the commercial studio and lab, they shot products and actor headshots, and printed for major photography publications.

She started printing and selling her own work, including series of Coney Island, Italy, and the gardens of Wave Hill. She took an interest in the still-life, and taught herself the art of hand-tinting photographs with oil paint, which she began doing professionally on clients' portraits for the studio. 

After living in many places, including Australia, Gail returned to Marblehead in 1997 with her family and opened Washington Street Photography Gallery, which she ran for eight years. She showed her own work, and that of many other photographers, and also had a portrait business. 

Gail now has a small gallery in her home, and continues to shoot and print. The work in this show spans twenty years, with most being new work. It highlights a love of gardening, plants, and hiking in the woods, which she shares with her garden designer husband, Robert Dempster. 

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