News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 29, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 29, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, November 29, 2018
DIAA opens ‘ART matters’ winter season

The Deer Isle Artists Association begins its fourth ART matters season with a discussion about photography, titled “Black and White and Color. Featured artists will be Betsy Braunhut, Ron Deprez and Alan Vlach at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery on Main Street in Deer Isle.

The ART matters winter discussions have consistently drawn large audiences and inspired provocative discussions for three years. As in previous years, ART matters 4 enables artists to talk with each other, keeps the gallery alive in winter and communicates to area artists and residents about what, why and how artists create, according to a news release from DIAA.

ART matters 4 will be held on the first Sunday of each consecutive month with the exception of February, when it will occur on the second Sunday. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. Artists will discuss their work with each other, then the audience will join in. DIAA Board Member Hub White will serve as moderator. A reception follows with 44 North Coffee, tea and homemade cake.

About the artists

Betsy Braunhut has not been a photographer all her life, but she says she “certainly took pictures with my little camera for at least 70 years. Now I am privileged to live in the age of digital cameras and computer programs that allow me to experiment endlessly. And what a good time I am having.”

Ron Deprez, an amateur photographer all his life, is now a professional photographer specializing in natural light portraiture. “I strive to create an image that reflects the aura that the person reflects in my eyes and the world,” he said. Currently his work focuses on working people on Deer Isle.

Alan Vlach is a fine art photographer with a deep commitment to the traditional darkroom while fully embracing new technologies. He works extensively with digital enlarged negatives and historical processes as well as digital printmaking. He captures images digitally, working in Photoshop to create enlarged negatives for use in historical processes including platinum/palladium, kallitype, salted paper, cyanotype, photopolymer gravure and, most recently, tricolor gum.