Photographers explore historic places

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SAXTONS RIVER — Photographs by Ea Maples and Marek Jagoda will be on display at Main Street Arts July 4 through August 16 in a show entitled "Hush of the Footlights."

An opening reception will be held Friday, July 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Maples and Jagoda are fine art photographers who have spent the past three years exploring interesting places and historic buildings, including abandoned theaters, throughout New England as they documented their architecture and captured the creativity of mezzanines, stages, powder rooms, balconies and foyers built in a time when beauty mattered more than functionality.

The exhibit will also include some of their work photographing Main Street Arts theater performances.

Maples is a self-taught photographer who was drawn into the medium by her partner, Jagoda.

"I was completely surprised by how rich the world of photography was and how lost I could become when I was creating with my camera," she said. "Hours would go by without noticing and, once I finished, I couldn't wait to get home to see what I had done."

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She said she has found photographing actors and working to further their visions and promote their work is equally enriching.

Unlike his partner, Jagoda has been taking pictures since he was young.

"I felt a need to capture the beauty that I saw all around me in the mountains and deserts of New Mexico where I grew up," he said, "but life, kids and many demands on one's time eventually put my creative hobby on the back burner."

With the advent of the camera phone, however, his interest was rekindled and he felt a new creative energy.

"For me, it is still a feeling of a need to capture and share the intriguing parts of the world that I find around me."

More information about the art show is available at mainstreetarts.org, on Facebook or at 802-869-2960.

Now in its 30th year, Main Street Arts is a non-profit arts center dedicated to serving the creative needs of the greater community and seeks to encourage creative expression through a wide range of artistic experiences. It is fully handicapped accessible.


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