Students' works focus of exhibit

Photography: Cecil Community College is showcasing the art of five former students at its gallery in North East.

December 05, 2004|By Kevin T. McVey | Kevin T. McVey,SUN STAFF

The photography of five former Cecil Community College students will be showcased through Dec. 23 in an exhibit titled At Home and Around the World at the college's gallery, 1 Seahawk Drive, North East.

The exhibit features the work of John Abrahams, Joe Gulick, Manohar Kataria, Jane Schaefer and Kathryn Ward.

Abrahams, a lifelong resident of Port Deposit, has been a priest for 25 years. He is assigned to the Archdiocese of Baltimore as sacramental minister for the Prince of Peace Church in Edgewood. Abrahams' interest in photography was sparked when he first came upon Matthew Brady's Civil War photographs, the college said in a brief biography accompanying the show.

Gulick acquired his first camera when he was 10 years old, and his first photographic efforts involved "sun pictures," which came about from a photographic negative placed over light-sensitive paper causing an image to develop for a short time, according to his biography. The Gulick photos on exhibit were taken between 1970 and this fall, when he traveled to Ireland, the biography notes.

Kataria developed an interest in photography in high school, but it was not until he retired from his job as a chemist for the DuPont Co. in Wilmington, Del., in 1993 that his interest in photography blossomed, his biography notes. He graduated from Cecil Community College with a degree in visual communications in 1996. His part of the exhibit includes floral arrangements photographed at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

Schaefer's interest in photographing fathers and their children began while she was raising three children and teaching childbirth classes. But it wasn't until after she had served in the Peace Corps and later retired from teaching nursing in 1997 that she could finally devote time to photography, her biography says. Many of Schaefer's photographs featured at the gallery were taken while she was enrolled at CCC.

Ward first took classes at Cecil Community College in 1976, according to her biography. She has worked with black-and-white photography and color negatives in a darkroom, slides and then digital photography.

"It has been a grand ride, a great deal of work and frustration, and moments of pure joy," she said. "I have been trained to see the image I see when God opens the curtain a bit so that I can share that image with others," she said.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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