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`The Flow Through Wanakena Exhibition` (Image courtesy of Carnegie Art Center)
"The Flow Through Wanakena Exhibition" (Image courtesy of Carnegie Art Center)

Carnegie Art Center has 'The Flow Through Wanakena Exhibition'

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Mon, Jan 18th 2021 12:50 pm

Final week to view exhibition

The Carnegie Art Center is hosting “The Flow Through Wanakena Exhibition” through Jan. 30 in the Rotunda Gallery space. This exhibition features photography by Michael Mandolfo. All are welcome to view the exhibition during their gallery hours of 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There is no charge to attend the exhibition.

“The Flow Through Wanakena” is a series of abstract photographs that explore foam patterns created by vegetation along the Five Ponds Wilderness area. As water passes through this vegetation, a naturally occurring surfactant is formed creating clean white foam. The foam forms patterns on the dark water surface downstream as it flows from the Oswegatchie River into Cranberry Lake. The inlet is located in the Adirondack hamlet of Wanakena.

“Through this exhibit I hope to encourage viewers to pause and reflect on the fragile beauty of our waterways,” Mandolfo said.

The artist invites the viewer to reflect on how water affects our lives. What connections do we share with water and with nature in general? What does water say to us? Where does it take our thoughts?

These abstract photographs were composed full-frame in the camera without the use of double exposure or cropping. This series of seven photographs is printed on cotton sateen fabric. Prints are hung 4 inches from the wall, allowing airflow to cause movement in the image.

The Carnegie Art Center is located in a structure at 240 Goundry St., built in 1904 as the City of North Tonawanda’s public library and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1976, the Carnegie has been operating as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation offering the community art exhibitions, art and dance classes, as well as support to artists and art organizations. For more information, call the Carnegie Art Center at 716-694-4400 or visit www.carnegieartcenter.org.

Guests are asked to wear a mask when in the building, to social distance, and refrain from attending the exhibition sick. 

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