Jeff Pearcy and Randy Ballweg will exhibit their photographs of the Cuban countryside, street scenes from its urban environments, and portraits of its vibrant people at UU Gallery throughout October.
Pearcy learned his craft as a photojournalist with the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern and from that later became serious about documentary photography. He has worked on assignment for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee documenting crises in the Philippines, Detroit and Texas. He is also a member of the photo collaborative “For Good,” Photography, Inc. Telling the nonprofit story in photographs. The collective’s most recent work is Our TRANS Family, on transgender people and their families. A new project is scheduled in Sierra Leone.
Ballweg’s love for photography started in college, when he combined an interest in biology with recreational hiking/camping/backpacking. He took classes and became a lifelong student of this medium. He was influenced by Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Dorothea Lange and by photos in National Geographic and Audubon magazines. He strives to capture the moments that evoke emotion in his heart.
The show reflects the often-heard phrase, “Well, that’s Cuba.” Things seldom go as planned. Time has little relevance. The artists did not formally frame the show. After the photographs were mounted in the mats, they separated. “In keeping with the subject matter, we clipped them together. It just seemed to fit,” said Pearcy.
The photographers will talk about the exhibit on Oct. 6, 4:30-6:30 pm.
Write-On Door County will hold an Art Speaks: Free Writing Lab on the gallery exhibit Oct. 12 at 1:30 pm at the Fellowship. The writing lab provides a peaceful writing space for expression and reflection on the artwork.
The UU Gallery is free and open to the public. It is located at 10341 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim. Hours are 1-3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 11 am – 12 pm Sunday. For more information call 920.854.7559.