Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Photographer Rene Griffith to Appear at Museum Monday

Melbourne, FL  -The Foosaner Art Museum Guild presents fine art photographer Rene Griffith at its next Museum Monday program on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the museum's Harris Auditorium.  Griffith, a former Creative Uses Consultant for Polaroid who lived in San Francisco for nearly 10 years and now works out of her home studio in Indialantic, is an artist who creates images that evoke memories and feelings.

Griffith says she's "a photographer with the soul of a painter;" she states that it is more important to her to reflect a mood or feeling than to capture photographic detail.  Her technique is unique.  Utilizing a 1972 SX-70 Polaroid camera, Griffith shoots her subject, then draws and sculpts directly on the developing film using hand tools to move the emulsion for interesting effects.  The manipulated images are then scanned and printed electronically from the 3-by-3 inch film format to create works that range up to 4 feet.  
Today Griffith shoots digitally, ehancing her images with paint, while also continuing to work with her limited stash of Polaroid film.  (The company stopped making the film in 2006; however, former employees are working in Belgium to resuscitate the product.)  Her photographs are sold worldwide through fine art publishers, her website, and local shops. Her work can also be purchased at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, FL.

Museum Mondays, held from October through May, focus on arts and creativity in various forms.  The programs are free and open to the public, with light refreshments served.  For additional information call 242-0737.  The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne, FL.

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