Photos, paintings paired in dialog at Downtown LattéWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Easel & Tripod,” a new exhibit at the Downtown Latté, will feature the work of photographer Don Cellini and painter Jim Seaman.
The exhibit opened May 2. A reception is set for 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 7.
Cellini’s photos will be paired with Seaman’s paintings to create a dialog in terms of subject, color, texture and style, Cellini said.
For example, a photo of a quiet sunrise is paired with a bold painting of a rooster and a painting of a famous, old bridge in Italy will hang beside a photograph of rusted cargo cars in an abandoned train station in Mexico, Cellini said.
The sets will sometimes feature similar coloring or themes — but other pairings will be purposefully left open to viewer interpretation, Cellini said. He and Seaman, his longtime partner, came up with the idea while eating at Latte last fall.
“I think it’s an interesting combination, better than having a wall of paintings and a wall of photographs, but to have them together in some creative way,” Cellini said. “Sometimes it was a challenge to find things that go together. Interestingly, our styles are not exactly similar.”
Cellini, who is inspired by travel and nature, enjoys capturing landscapes and architectural details while Seaman gravitates toward landscapes and seascapes, said Cellini, a Spanish professor at Adrian College. Seaman is human resources director at Maumee Valley Country Day School.
The two often travel together, with Seaman snapping photos to paint from later, Cellini said.
Cellini said he hope viewers come away from “Easel & Tripod” with a slightly new perspective.
“We’re not trying to change the world or anything, but I think, like anything, you want people to look at it and go ‘Wow’ or think twice about it and say they never would have thought about that or would have put that together,” Cellini said.
Downtown Latté is located at 44 S. St. Clair St. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
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