25 August, 2020
New photographic exhibition captures artists
A new photographic exhibition, “In the Zone’ opened Tuesday, August 25 and it is also the first exhibition in the newly reopened Post Office Gallery.
When Jan Sargent took her first photo with her box brownie over 50 years ago, there was no way she could have predicted she would have her own photographic exhibition many years later.
Jan’s photographic exhibition, “In the Zone’ opened Tuesday, August 25 and it is also the first exhibition in the newly reopened Post Office Gallery.
The exhibition features portraits of Far North artists working on their art while Jan takes a candid photo of them in the zone.
Originally the exhibition was meant to open last year but due to flood and storm damage at the regional gallery, the exhibition was put on hold.
Then due to a backlog of artists waiting to be exhibited at the regional gallery, the exhibition was moved to the old post office gallery.
In April of this year, the exhibition was delayed again due to COVID and was then delayed several more times due to COVID and then there were more delays due to the gallery being renovated.
On Monday, August 24, Jan started hanging her photos in the Old Post Office Gallery in anticipation of the opening.
Jan said that she prefers to take photos of people when they least expect it. “I have always had a preference for capturing unguarded moments rather than a posed subject. Now I specialize in candid portraits, shooting when the individual is engrossed in some absorbing activity, unaware of the camera,” She said
“The title ‘In the Zone’ refers to that mind-space in which one is totally absorbed, oblivious to surroundings,
“The exhibition is a collection of photographic portraits of local artists candidly captured in the act of their creative process. “
TRC Deputy Mayor Kevin Cardew said that council was glad to have the Old Post Office Gallery opening again after a long closure.
“Parts of the gallery have been refreshed and it’s looking great and there is no better way to celebrate the reopening than with Jan’s exhibition,” he said
“The Nation Trust museum and Hou Wang Chinese Temple will also reopen on August 25 and we are looking forward to seeing the community and visitors to the region coming through the doors.”
41 portraits will be on display from August 25th to September 29th at the Old Post Office Gallery, Herberton Road, Atherton.
Jan will be in in-residence every Saturday, from 10 am to 2pm to answer questions about her photography and her subjects. All photos are available for purchase.