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‘Creative Places’ photo exhibit at Sharon Arts

A special exhibit of photographs by Dr. Robert Sargent Fay is on display at the Sharon Arts Center.

Fay’s estate has organized a small collection of his “Creative Places” series, photography of nature and artists at work focusing on the places that provide creative inspiration that will be on exhibit through Aug. 31. This show will be followed by a formal exhibition this November and December.

Dr. Fay drew his inspiration for “Creative Places” from the Monadnock region. He developed close relationships with the MacDowell Colony and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, organizations that provided secluded natural locations for artists to focus on their art. His photographs at these places often involved the surrounding environment as much as the artists themselves. Similarly, he became focused on following in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, who spent significant time in five places in New England: Walden Woods, the Monadnock region, Cape Cod, the White Mountains and the Maine Woods.

Dr. Fay became the first professor emeritus of Landmark College in Putney, Vt., a community where he was a teacher, tutor, and photographer. His longest tenure was at ConVal High School, where he taught English for 25 years, serving as chair of the department. In more than five decades in education, he taught and mentored thousands of students, using his passion for photography and art as a means of stimulating creativity and expression from young writers.

He was an accomplished photographer whose work is in the permanent collection of the Currier Art Museum in Manchester, and was exhibited at the Fitchburg (Mass.) Art Museum, and Brattleboro (Vt.) Museum of Art, among others. He was a consulting photographer on the PBS documentary of the life of Mark Twain, directed by Ken Burns and produced by Florentine Films. Other photographic projects related to history and the arts, include subjects such as Emily Dickinson, the Lewis and Clark Exhibition, and the life and writings of Henry David Thoreau.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, call 924-7256 or visit www.sharonarts.org.

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