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Library gallery to feature work by three photographers

Published 5:50 pm, Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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  • A photo by Bobbie Bernstein, whose work will be featured in the "Cultural Connections" exhibit of the Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Public Library from July 13 to Aug. 31. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen
    A photo by Bobbie Bernstein, whose work will be featured in the "Cultural Connections" exhibit of the Kershner Gallery at the Fairfield Public Library from July 13 to Aug. 31. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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"Cultural Connections," an exhibit featuring the work of three photographers, will be on display in the Kershner Gallery of the Fairfield Public Library from July 13 to Aug. 31.

A reception is planned for the exhibit on July 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the gallery at the main library branch, corner of Old Post and Post roads.

The photos are by Bobbie Bernstein, Roger Carl Johanson and Hank Paper.

Bernstein, a Westport resident, is a retired schoolteacher/guidance counselor with degrees from Hunter College and the University of Bridgeport.

Her photographs have been shown at the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Ridgefield Guild, Ridgefield and Bridgeport libraries, Carriage Barn Arts Center, and Stamford Jewish Community Center.

"My goal is to seek, find and capture that unique human element of an individual, of a community," Bernstein said in a news release from the library. "A people-person by nature and profession, I am stimulated by human interactions -- be it with others, the environment, or one's inner self. And sometimes that human presence is felt but not seen."

Johanson has been an art educator for 30 years, and has also taught summer workshops at Massachusetts College of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, deCordova Museum and Brookfield Craft Center. He studied art and technology at SUNY at Buffalo; has a master's of arts from the University of Wisconsin, and did post-graduate work at Massachusetts College of Art.

His work has been in 43 regional and national exhibits since 2005 and has also been included in group shows on the blog www.lenscratch.com. He has received 12 awards and his work has been purchased by private and corporate collectors.

Johanson's series of black-and-white photographs focus on the artistic communities of Florence, Venice and Rome.

Paper's solo exhibits include shows at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, High Point Historical Museum in North Carolina, the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, the Morgenthal-Frederics Gallery, Tamarkin Leica Gallery and the Harlem School of the Arts in New York.

He has also exhibited in Connecticut, where he is a member of the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven and the Silvermine Guild in New Caanan.

In addition to group shows, his work has appeared in publications like Art New England, Hadassah Magazine's Jerusalem 3000 issue, Italy Magazine, Scottish Life Magazine, Drift, Everywhere magazine, the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine.

His photos document contemporary culture and society in the streets of North America, United Kingdom, Western Europe, the Middle East and Cuba.

For more information, visit the library's website, www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org, or call 203-256-3155.