The Hancock County Cultural Networkâ€™s February Brown-Bag Lunch series will feature Anne-Claude Cotty of Stonington, who will present a talk titled "Extolling Pinhole Cameras in a Digital Age" at the Blue Hill Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at noon. As an active member of many community cultural organizations, Cotty will also address the artistâ€™s responsibility to society in general.
Cotty produces prints, artist books, experimental photography and, recently, jewelry using photographic images. She will describe the process of making rudimentary cameras with household materials and the soft-focus and inadvertent effects they can capture on film. What many will recall as a science project in fourth grade, she elevates to a magical tool in creating multi-layered, poetic images. And the photographic darkroom, replaced by so many photographers with computers and printers, remains a vital place for making photographs by hand.
A studio artist and educator for over 30 years, Cotty received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta. She maintains her own gallery in Stonington and offers workshops for all ages in printmaking and pinhole cameras in her studios. She is also an art teacher on Isle au Haut and Frenchboro. Her work has been widely published and exhibited throughout this country and abroad and can be found in many collections including the Portland Museum of Art. She is the former executive director of the Hancock County Cultural Network.
The Brown-Bag Lunch is free and participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. The Brown-Bag Lunch series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.
The talk starts at 12:00pm at the Blue Hill Library, 5 Parker Point Rd., Blue Hill, ME, US.
Via Pinhole Visions