Casting some Light on the Holidays

By now, hearing endless repetitions of holiday music and seeing the city mummified in strings of lights might leave you feeling more akin to Mr. Potter than George Bailey. But thanks to the stalwart efforts of a few arts spaces, like Cabaret Red Light’s recent mischievous rendition of The Nutcracker at the Painted Bride Art Center, the holidays face some much-needed reworking.

One such chance to recapture the holiday spirit before the weekend can be found at the Light Room Gallery. The photography on display for Holiday Show 2011 offers the rare opportunity to find holiday gifts without the atmospheric torture that comes standard with every department store visit.

Tucked away on Wallace Street, just a block from the imposing walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, the homey space of the Light Room Gallery beckons visitors into a room frosted over with white like a snowdrift brought in through the outer doors. If the sight of a fireplace isn’t enough to thaw the chill of commercialism from the wary newcomer, a glance at Tony Rocco‘s “Struggle in the ‘Italian’ Market,” just above the stairway, will finish the job. One of the few color photos on display, a forceful splash of vibrant flames in the foreground will continually recapture your eyes as you wander through the space.

Travel across vignettes of the city as you walk along a wall of works by Erin Yard. Refresh yourself with a brisk draft from Ranjoo Prasad’s “Chestnut Hill Winter Stream,” just before cutting into “Fruit Series,” by Joshua Marowitz.

Lose yourself in Mary Anne Broderick-Pakenham’s misty seascapes. Almost post-apocalyptic in their ghostlike desolation, Broderick’s Landscapes series could double as establishing shots from the mind of Rod Serling. On the wall opposite, three photos by Glenn Bizewski will strand you in the midst of towering rock formations, as you stare into dizzying pockets of devastating height.

Catch these photos and more at the 2024 Wallace Street space through January 7, and let your heart expand a few sizes as you return home, maybe even bearing gifts in support of local artists.

Stop by the gallery tonight at 8 pm for a demo by Tara Hornung on how to archivally mount / matte / and frame your photographs.

Nancy Freeman Tabas

Nancy Freeman Tabas, like French Impressionist Master Claude Monet appears to explore the same motif under different conditions…

Nancy Freeman Tabas, like French Impressionist Master Claude Monet appears to explore the same motif under different conditions of light and or seasons.…

Nancy Freeman Tabas, like French Impressionist Master Claude Monet appears to explore the same motif under different conditions of light and or seasons.…

Kristin Schattenfield-Rein

Kristin Schattenfield-Rein’s latest work mixes natural elements with unnatural and man-made mediums to explore the six states…

Kristin Schattenfield-Rein’s latest work mixes natural elements with unnatural and man-made mediums to explore the six states of existence between death and rebirth.…

Kristin Schattenfield-Rein’s latest work mixes natural elements with unnatural and man-made mediums to explore the six states of existence between death and rebirth.…

Patrick Coughlin

Patrick Coughlin’s work examines the ubiquitous, mundane, and inconspicuous aspects of our material culture and the domestic…

Patrick Coughlin’s work examines the ubiquitous, mundane, and inconspicuous aspects of our material culture and the domestic spaces that house it. Patrick’s studio practice currently resides in Philadelphia…

Patrick Coughlin’s work examines the ubiquitous, mundane, and inconspicuous aspects of our material culture and the domestic spaces that house it. Patrick’s studio practice currently resides in Philadelphia Pennsylvania…

Helene Halstuch

My paintings are a personal exploration of mood, essence and mystery. I strive to find the spirit of a subject and immerse…

My paintings are a personal exploration of mood, essence and mystery. I strive to find the spirit of a subject and immerse myself in the experience of painting, never quite knowing where it may take me…

My paintings are a personal exploration of mood, essence and mystery. I strive to find the spirit of a subject and immerse myself in the experience of painting, never quite knowing where it may take me or what the outcome…

Alfred Ortega
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