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June 8 - August 8, 2013

The summer 2013 exhibition of the Worcester Windows Community Gallery will feature Around the World and Back Again. Take a trip from Worcester to the West Coast to Europe and back again through the lens of photographer Doug Hawks and through the brush and palette of Worcester's own Allen Small.

The Worcester Alliance of Photographers presents a photography exhibit entiteld Around the World in the City Hall Gallery, 455 Main Street.

Doug Hawks' photography is displayed in the windows at the corner of Portland and Franklin Streets, while Allen Small's paintings can be viewed in the windows at The Hanover Theater on Southbridge Street/Main Street.

About the Artist

Doug Hawks' photographic work has been recognized by critics and art curators worldwide.  He has earned awards at the Lucie Foundation's prestigious International Photography Awards (IPA) competition and at London's Black and White Spider Awards, the leading international ceremony honoring excellence in black and white photography.  In 2007, his book "Black & White Long Beach" was cited by the IPA as one of the best photography books of 2006.

According to James Scarborough, a Los Angeles-based art critic with the Huffington Post, Mr. Hawks' photographs are characterized by their sense of atmosphere and depiction of depth and shadows.  "It's startling, the range of expression in these pieces: lyrical and whimsical, stoic and solemn, mysterious and supernatural.  And it's all done with so little: light, line and unerring composition."

Doug Hawks was a commercial photographer in Los Angeles from 1976 to 1982.  His clientele included many of the region's leading advertising agencies and corporations such as Coca Cola, AMF/Voit and Yonex Sports.  He left photography in 1982 for the corporate world as a strategic planner and has since helped start two companies.  He has recently returned to photography through the fine arts path focusing artistic attention on Long Beach, other Southern California coastal cities and Paris.  During his commercial photography period, Doug attended Art Center in the Working Professionals program and there studied under Max Yavno (b. 1911- d. 1985), widely considered one the masters of American urban landscape photography. Doug Hawks is represented by Wallspace.

Artist's Statement: Found throughout all of contemporary life, photographic images shapes the way we imagine, interpret and recollect our lives.  As an art form, I want my photography to convey little personal moments that reinforce, and sometimes reinvent, our perception of beauty, reality and culture.  Set primarily in an urban landscape, I use buildings, people and objects for staging and light and composition to express emotion. 

About the Artist

Allan Forrest Small started painting as soon as he was old enough to hold a brush and was initially self-taught as an artist.  After receiving his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he studied painting, drawing and lithography in Washington, D.C. with instructors from Georgetown University, George Washington University and the Union Printmakers’ Atelier, and life drawing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  He has painted in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., as well as widely throughout New England and France.

Small's paintings have been exhibited at the Collector Gallery in Washington, Thomas Moser galleries in Alexandria, Virginia and Portland, Maine, the Prints and the Potter Gallery in Worcester, MA, the Rye (NY) Arts Center, the Lyme (CT) Art Association, the Academic Artists Association, The Aurora Gallery and the Sprinkler Factory Gallery, Worcester, MA, the Spaulding Aldrich Gallery, Whitinsville, MA, and the Fitchburg Art Museum.  He is an active member of Arts Worcester, as well as a sustaining associate member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the New England Watercolor Society, the North Shore Art Association, the Lyme Art Association, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Small's original paintings and giclée reproduction prints can be seen at the Prints and the Potter Gallery as well as on line.

Artist's Statement: Art is language.  Most landscape painters feel driven to keep painting because we want other people to realise not just what we see, but what we sense and feel when looking at our world.  It is this need to share one's emotional response to landscape that drives us to paint again and again.  Anyone who can snap a photo, or who's trained in the skill of drawing, can capture the look of a place.  Artists, especially plein air painters, are driven by the need to distill the atmosphere and mood of a place - and a moment in time - and to share it with others.  I hope that my paintings evoke the spirit, the smell, the feel of the places I have painted - whether because I have found them uplifting, enchanting, bittersweet or - sometimes - haunting.

About the Artist

The Worcester Alliance of Photographers is a place where both amateur and professional photographers meet to talk about technical aspects of photography, be create and share ideas. The WAP meets the last Thursday of every month. Additional details available online. WAP's newest exhibit features the work of the following:

John Bielawski, Amsterdam-Neumarket Winter’s night, Orlando- Boardwalk Evening, and Vietnam - Ha Long Bay; Bob Bernier: Fenway; Don Ricklin: Mystic River Medford; Eda Stefani: David And Sunset Florence Italy and Gondola, Venice Italy; Jaclyn Skidmore: Please Remove Your Shoes; Karen Morang: Grand Canyon of Yellowstone3; Lobert Jurgen: Chichen Itza and Just Landed; Melissa Borgeson Leftovers2; Mike McCool: Deserted Cemetry Dartmoor Devon England and Temple of Poseidon Sounion Southern Greece; Russ Garre :Cafe Le Consulat Paris France and Notre Dame Paris France; Scott Erb: Dinner in a Farm Field; Scott Erskine : Sommesville Afternoon; Troy Thompson: Smokey Mountains; Sharon Freed; Two Lights; Sheila M McDowell: Gylan Castle and Stratfor Upon Avon; Sherrie Haber: NotreDame; and Tim Spindler: Berkshire Morning and Ninigret Calm.