Photography show at Grand Manan Art Gallery

Submitted photo John O’Donnell captured these tree swallows during nesting season. His photographs will be part of an exhibit this summer at the Grand Manan Art Gallery.

GRAND MANAN – The Grand Manan Art Gallery’s next exhibit features work from four photographers.

The all-photography show opens July 31 at 1 p.m. and runs through Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.

“In the case of these four, their work complements each other so well,” said publications coordinator Mary Hawkins. “What they have in common is this love of the scenery of this province.”

Polio survivor Carol Randall is a Fredericton-based photographer determined to live her dreams within her career, whether it’s working in sports or the arts. Randall is now confined to a wheelchair due to post-polio syndrome, which prevents her from operating heavy and complex equipment. She now shoots with a small point and shoot camera with a tilt screen and has improved her editing abilities to enhance her images that primarily focus on nature scenes, dogs, horses and historic buildings. She’s spent many years cultivating her eye for the perfect shot—a valuable tool that can’t be bought.

“She’s learned how to use a lot of photo editing software, I think that’s pretty terrific,” said Hawkins.

Sean O’Hare is a resident of Grand Manan after spending many years of his life in the Northwest Territories. He picked up a camera for the first time in more than two decades at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. O’Hare chooses to look for the positives in any situation, which is exactly what he did with the pandemic. Though the learning curve with new gear was challenging, he pushed through it toward his revitalized passion. He focuses primarily on wildlife and landscape work, though he enjoys still life, abstract and food photography.

Vermont resident John O’Donnell spends his summers on Grand Manan since discovering the island back in 2007. It’s on Grand Manan where O’Donnell has fed his interest in aquatic mammals, birds, wave patterns and barnacles. The primarily self-taught photographer finds inspiration in the raw beauty of his home in Vermont, and his second home in Grand Manan.

Stewart Stein is the 2019 recipient of a Blue Ribbon from the International Federation of Photographic Art. Originally from Toronto, Ont., Stein first visited Grand Manan in 2013 when he explored the island with his camera, intrigued by the island’s wildlife. His father taught him the basics of photography after Stein discovered a Bakelite developing tank in his family home. His tools may have changed throughout the years, but for Stein, the allure for capturing images has only intensified. Stein enjoys shooting weathered heritage structures.

The majority of the work displayed in the show will be for sale, according to Hawkins.

“It’s great to have these people from further away because then we get to see these images through the eyes of someone from away,” she said. “Artists of this caliber love (the gallery) – they want to show from our gallery.”