In the Shaira Ali Gallery

FOCUS is a biannual photography exhibition series presented by the Arlington Center for the Arts and Century 21 Adams


On View: February 6 - March 31, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 27, 7-9pm

Given the closures and precautions surrounding COVID-19, we are pleased to be able to provide the public a virtual tour of the exhibition! Check it out here. 

The Arlington Center for the Arts and Century 21 Adams is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition in our biannual photography exhibition series, FOCUS. The 2020 theme, Nurture/Nature invites artists, and in turn audiences, to explore their individual relationship with nature, as well as our collective impact on the natural world.


This exhibition features 36 photographs which investigate how human and natural evolution influence each other, as well as the human responsibility to others, the future, and nature itself.


EXHIBITION JUROR: Laura McPhee, Photographer & MassArt Professor

About our Juror: Laura McPhee was born in Manhattan and grew up in central New Jersey. She earned her BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She lives in Brookline, MA. She is noted for her stunning large-scale landscapes and portraits of the people who live and work in them.  She is currently working in the desert west of the United States where she is chronicling visual stories about time, both geologic and human. A serpentine river cuts deep incisions in the land over ages. A gold mine on the edge of the Black Rock Desert has the earth slashed open and its ruddy interior revealed.  A still-life found at the edge of an alkali flat reveals intricate details of daily life—a tiny plastic toy among shards of glass and rust, a penny, machine parts, and desert varnished tin cans.  All contemplate the unintended consequences of humanity’s attempts to control and manage nature and how we use the earth and to what ends.   A meditation on our material lives and on climate change, the images depict our paradoxical approaches as we at once protect, alter, and extract from the land.

Special thanks to our Nurture/Nature Sponsor

In the ACA Hallway Gallery

Everything is Alive: My Search for God in Nature

Photographs by Roy Crystal

On View: February 6 - April 30, 2020

Opening Reception: February 27, 7-9 pm

"Much of my work has been in natural places in New England and the American West.  My work explores natural processes of change, growth, decay, death, and renewal.


In this show I bring together mages taken over more than fifty years where I felt something undefinable.  I  find it in sacred places where people have felt a sense of spirit or God in the landscape, when special light transforms an ordinary place, when I see the weight of millions of years of geologic time in the rocks, and when I can feel the beauty and conciousness of an animal.  


In this show I want to share some moments with you where I felt a sense of spirit, of God, in nature, and in the city, since it is all one.  I want to offer you encouragement in this dark time that there is beauty and profound meaning in the world.  Have you felt something similar?  If so please share it with me.  I would love to hear it." - Roy Crystal

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