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Salem’s own 'Guggenheim' coming to Shetland Park

Posted by Justin Rice  February 15, 2012 10:00 AM

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The following is a press release from Shetland Park:

Salem’s best kept secret is in Shetland Park’s Building One, directly across from Pickering Wharf.  The business park office has a four-story sunny atrium reminiscent of New York’s Guggenheim and lends itself perfectly to a gallery. This March, Shetland Park in support of the arts in Salem, will actually transform the atrium into a gallery, with a photography show, complimented by the work of two sculptors.  Here’s a preview of the work featured at the exhibit. The show opens Friday, March 15th, and runs through June.  The opening reception will be held in the atrium of Building One, 4 – 6 p.m. and the public is invited.

Featured Artists:

Bobbie Bush, a professional portrait photographer of Bobbie Bush Photography at Shetland Park, specializes in photographing babies in their first year of life from as young as five days old through to the child’s first birthday and she will be exhibiting her photos that capture the tender moments of family life. In 2011, Bobbie was voted Best Children’s Photographer by the Boston.com CityVoter A-List online poll  and  December 2011, Bobbie was featured on national television in an episode of MTV’s hit reality TV show MADE. For more about her work, visit website: www.bobbiebush.com.  

Paul Dube is a commercial photographer and co-owner of Hotshots Advertising Photography, Inc.(www.hotshotstudio.com)  at Building Two, Shetland Park. He has provided photos use on packaging, print ads, catalogs and websites corporate clients in the Boston area including Osram Sylvania, BD Biosciences, Dunkin Donuts and many others. With over thirty five years experience, he currently specializes in studio product photography and location commercial assignments. Paul also teaches at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Bunker Hill Community College and is a guest lecturer at Salem State University.

Mark Gooby, a partner at Hotshots Photography also created images for a diverse range of Hotshot’s corporate for more than thirty years. In his personal work, Mark’s passion for photography took him on dozens of highways and byways across the country in search of the perfect landscape image. Some of his latest work explores the landscape in a less traditional format, where light and motion are key.  Mark can also be found shooting along the piers and dry docks of Gloucester where nautical textures, colors and patterns find their way into his inquisitive aesthetic.

Lea St. Germain is a first assistant  at Hotshots, has worked in the field of photography for over 15 years assisting various local photographers. She is co-owner and primary photographer for Lea Lucio Photography of Melrose. Specializing in unique and personal weddings and family photos.

To compliment the photography, Bernie Zubrowski’s kinetic sculpture will hang from the 5th floor ceiling, down into the atrium. A science educator, Zubrowski has designed curricula and worked with teachers, often combining explorations of aesthetically interesting phenomena with the development of scientific concepts. During his years as an educator at the Boston's Children Museum, he has designed exhibits, and Bubbles and Raceways inspired replications or variations in a number of science centers and children's museum in the US and other countries.

basso_two.jpgZubrowski explores ways of making kinetic sculptures using simple and relatively available materials, interested in the perceptual effects of the multiple parts of each piece creating a dynamic interaction as they move past each other, caused solely by interaction with a person or random air currents. Currently, installations of his work are at the science centers Explora in Albuerquerque, New Mexico, Coyote Point museum in San Francisco and Acton Science Center in Acton Massachusetts, and he has installed pieces at the Concord Consortium in Concord Mass and the Education Development Center in Newton Mass.

Jake Basso (sculpture left) is a graduate of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the consummate recycler, creating large witty sculptures from junk. About his artwork, he writes: “Operating on the dual premise that it is a bad day when you don’t learn something new and it is a bad day when you don’t bring home a good piece of junk.” He welds disparate elements into something new, using a variety of materials in very original ways. Basso has exhibited consistently at Brickbottom in Somerville.

Besides its atrium, Shetland Park has miles of wall space and will also feature a group of  photographers from the Salem Art Association on the second floor of Building One and in the Small Business Center in a show entitled Photo Salem.

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