“Busted: A Photographic Parable”
August 31 to September 24, 2016
at the Washington Printmakers Gallery
Artists Reception was Saturday, September 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Book Hill Fall Art Walk was Friday, September 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
All Americans know what a boomtown was: the overnight explosion of population, businesses, instant gratification, and the potential for great wealth. They also recognize a ghost town: derelict buildings, rusting tools, and sagebrush-filled streets. In this exhibit, Jane and Dave Mann explored Rhyolite, Nevada, in vibrant photographs of what remains of the ambitions of the countless dreamers who came to make their fortunes. The images then turn from history to fiction where desert plants become “ghosts” due to the incessant drought of an overheated earth. The Manns ask what path will Man choose when confronted with the dwindling resources of his “boomtown”? The ending of this story is yet to be written.
Jane Mann has been involved in the art world in the DC Metro area for over 15 years with memberships in and awards from numerous area arts organizations. She has studied photography, digital imaging, mixed media, and art marketing in Honolulu and at various local schools. Her work has been exhibited throughout the area and in Germany.
Dave Mann came to art obliquely from the direction of computer manipulation of graphics for product design and persuasion. When these tools became available on the personal computer and intersected with the high quality scanners, he began posting other artist’s work on the web, including an art college, art museum, art leagues, and internationally known artists. He has since begun showing his own photographs locally, exhibiting in numerous juried shows. He won “Best in Show” in Art in City Hall in Alexandria, VA. He is vice president of the Washington Printmakers Gallery and a member of the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. His work is held in national and international collections.
All artists’ proceeds from this exhibit were donated to 350.org Global Climate Movement.
Thirty-one people attended the artists’ reception and five works were sold: two by the solo show artists and three by other members of our cooperative art gallery. Photos from the reception are in the slide show above. Over 300 people visited the gallery during the Georgetown Galleries’ Fall Art Walk.