MASTER ARTIST SERIES (MAS)
The Master Artist Series (MAS) program offers innovative experiences with world class photographers through workshops, lecture, book signings and exhibitions. MAS contributes to the vitality of arts, culture and education in the Berkshires by promoting broader understanding of and community engagement with photographic mediums. Patrons, Professionals and Students of Photography enjoy a full range of experiences with artists of the highest caliber in unique and intimate settings. MAS collaborates with regional cultural organizations, businesses and non-profits, and since its founding in 2011, has partnered with Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Creative, Berkshire International Film Festival, Chesterwood (A National Trust Historic Site), IS183 Art School of the Berkshires, Berkshire Botanical Gardens, ArtBerkshires, The Trustees of Reservations Naumkeag and William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Canyon Ranch, Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club, Innova Art, Ltd., Darrow School, Red Lion Inn and H.R. Zeppelin.
ANTON LYALIN l PORTRAIT OF AFRICA
2015 MASTER ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS ANTON LYALIN & FRAN FORMAN
Exhibition May 8 - July 27
ARTIST TALK, BOOK SIGNING & RECEPTION SATURDAY, JULY 11, 3:00 - 7:00
Artist Talk 3:00 - 4:00 (Please RSVP as space is limited) 413-551-7353 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Anton Lyalin’s choice to photograph portraits of animals and African landscapes was a pure coincidence, which eventually flourished into passion and led to the pursuit of the art of photography. Enchanted with Africa’s unique color palette, pristine nature, raw wisdom and wild side, Lyalin looks for and researches symbols of eternal beauty, spirits of freedom and Mother Nature’s endless wisdom in his photographs. He feels that these things make you forget about the fuss of everyday life and understand things that matter - beauty and the true power of a moment. Character, magnificence and diversity is what attracts him to these wild animals. A portrait photographer, he aims to capture their individuality, little things that make them special - a glance resembling that of a human being, posture, movement that makes them unique from their family. Just like us, they can be sad, compassionate, supportive or foolish. Capturing their emotions remind us of the power, beauty and fragility of nature. In his moments of silence, face to face with the wild animals, there is a sense of mystery and intimacy, where it seems that sometimes the animal is the observer of the photographer. It’s as if Lyalin has received permission from nature itself to take its portrait, to reveal its personality, emotions, splendor and wealth.
Lyalin uses a tactile paper for his black and white prints. He prefers warm tones when processing his photographs, especially when dealing with portraits. He also plays with infra-red effects when highlighting an emotion of contrast.
Anton Lyalin lives in Russia and exhibits all over the world. He has made his US debut with Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, MA. He recently had a retrospective at the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.
FRAN FORMAN l ESCAPE ARTIST
Exhibition July 10 - July 27
BOOK SIGNING & RECEPTION SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2:00 - 4:00
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Forman studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. She has held a succession of positions in the field of graphic design, book cover art and web design. Between professional life and raising two daughters, Forman continued to create her personal art, combining her illustrative and photographic skills with a passion for surrealism, paradox, illusion, assemblage, the non-human world, and the dislocations of time and place.
Forman is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis and a recipient of several grants. She teaches digital collage at theSchool of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and atSohn Fine Art in Lenox, MA. Her work has been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally. She has won significant awards: the First Place in the2013 Julia Margaret Cameron International Prize in Fine Art Photography, the 2012 Px3 Prix de la Photographie (Gold, Silver, and First Prize in three different categories), where her work was on exhibit in Paris. In 2011, she was one of only thirty Americans invited to attend and exhibit at the 2nd Biennial International Photographic Cultural Festival and Exhibition, Lishui, China, and her work is currently on tour at multiple venues throughout China. Also in 2011, she won Second Prize (among over 8000 entries) from the Worldwide Photography Gala in the Portraits category. In 2010 and 2008, she won first place, second place, and an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the Julia Margaret Cameron awards. In 2010, 2008 and in 2007, she was a winner in PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris,their People’s Choice award, and Adobe Photoworkshop.com. Her work appears in many journals, on-line blogs, several art books, and adorns the covers of many books.
Her work is in the permanent collections of theSmithsonian National Air and Space Museum(Washington, DC), where it is currently on exhibit, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Schiffer Books recently released a book with a compilation of her work, Escape Artist, The Art of Fran Forman