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November 4 2017 - December 9, 2017 - The Anna Bier Gallery Presents Rene Bechard's Journey Through A Soap Bubble Photography Exhibit.
The Early Bird Paper -
GREENVILLE – The Anna Bier Gallery will present photographer Rene Bechard at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017; the exhibit will be open from 6-8 p.m. with an artist presentation at 7 p.m.
The landscape of a soap bubble will quickly enchant you. As you begin to move your eyes over the patterns, you discover recognizable figures and shapes that capture the imagination. When you realize that these images are not drawn or digitally enhanced but that they are only common soap bubbles, you will begin to understand how unique, distinctive and beautiful they are.
Bechard is a local photographer from Arcanum. She was born in Connecticut and moved to Ohio in 1999. Soon after her move she rediscovered her love of photography. She began shooting nature settings, weddings and still objects. Then one day while blowing bubbles with her grandson, the idea came to her to see if she could capture the beautiful colors that seem to float on a soap bubble. After many attempts of using various lighting techniques, she was able to construct a lighting rig and capture the intense colors and shapes that swirl upon soap bubbles. Her work has been published in The Sun Magazine, various local newspapers and website blogs. She has won photography competition awards and contests. She lives in Arcanum with her nine cats, three dogs and one husband.
The Bechard exhibit is sponsored by the generous donations of our members. This exhibit will run through Dec. 9. The Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are made possible through the gracious support of Second National Bank, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, the Ami McClurkin Community Fund and through all the generous contributions of our loyal members. All exhibits are free to the public.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, executive director, with any questions or comments and visit them on their Facebook page for more information.
The Daily Advocate by Marilyn Delk -
Rene Bechard loves photography because it captures a moment in time that will never again occur, preserving that moment forever to be enjoyed by generations yet to come. Her brilliant photographs of soap bubbles capture an enchanting landscape that can evoke thoughtful contemplation as well as inspire imaginations to soar. The joyous exhibit of Rene Bechard’s delightful photographs currently on display at the Anna Bier Gallery will stimulate conversations as viewers explore the worlds contained within these colorful images.
After Rene moved to Arcanum in 1999, she rediscovered her love of photography, first developed at age sixteen when presented with a Kodak Instamatic disc camera for her birthday. The Connecticut native stumbled onto bubble photography one day while blowing bubbles with her grandson, the joyful experience moving her to attempt capturing the beautiful colors floating around them. After much trial and error, she not only developed her own soap and liquid mixture that she pours on a plate, then blows to form a dome-shaped bubble, but also constructed the lighting rig which makes possible the capture of the intense colors and shapes swirling on the bubble’s surface. “And then,” Rene says, “it was off to the races.”
Although the captured images are mirrored and rotated using Photoshop, no other special effects are utilized to create her striking photographs. Rene titles her work based upon what she sees when the image is printed, and believes that those titles drop into her mind the way that songs flow into composers’ brains. However, she loves that viewers often perceive something else entirely from what she saw when creating the title. “That’s the beautiful thing about art; people can develop their own personal relationship based on their perspective of the image before them,” she stated.
Actually, what one sees in these works can be a kind of Rorschach test, with each individual bringing their own unique interpretation to each piece. “The Plutonian,” a strikingly dramatic black and white image was so named because Rene’s initial response to the finished product was to see a spaceman amid the swirling fluid lines, but you may see something else altogether, and your personal reaction is quite valid even in the artist’s eyes.
“Cotton Candy,” a brilliantly colored work has shades of pink, magenta, green, and yellow swirling around a central figure that looked to me like a magnificent elf wearing a jacket out of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album cover, all made from the sugary confection. “Heart of Love” has the aura of a Victorian valentine exploding with color, the central purple heart framed in gold with blue tendrils trailing down, all topped with a magic lamp-like form. “Phoenix Rising” is somehow full of movement, the blue-winged figure straight from Hogwarts appearing to be ascending out of the panel in which it is encased.
The largest piece on display, a dramatic magnificent orb featuring a plethora of differing elements somehow evoking reverence and awe, is the artist’s favorite. “When I saw it, I instantly entitled it ‘God,’ she explained. Later, a friend looked at the image, and discovered a crucifix among the many shapes contained within the work, somehow confirming the rightness of Rene’s initial response.
All of this beauty and more will remain on display at the Anna Bier Gallery located within Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall through December 16. An opening night reception will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to Darke County Center for the Arts Artist Series presentation of a cappella group Six Appeal; the artist will talk about her fascinating work at 7 p.m. The Gallery is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment as well as during special events at Memorial Hall including DCCA’s Family Theatre Series November 19 presentation of A Very Electric Christmas For more information, or to arrange a tour at other times, contact Anna Bier Gallery Director Tamera McNulty at 937-564-5863.