Jennifer Karns is the featured artist at the Ellicottville Memorial Library through September. Her photography exhibition is dedicated to the artists who work part time.
“Remaining true to the craft is sometimes difficult when you have other things to do. Here’s to all the artists who work to ensure that their craft finds a place in their lives and in their hearts; to carry on their creativity. Do what you love. All the time, even if it is only part of the time,” she said.
Karns personifies this philosophy, finding every opportunity to take photographs and improve her craft. She has a great eye for detail, and for this show printed the images in black and white on canvas, giving them the appeal of distant time and a faraway place, (although there are a few shots that many Ellicottville residents will find familiar).
“I love up close and personal photographs of objects that others would not necessarily consider art at first glance. I love to find the soul of an object or in nature and reveal it unexpectedly,” said Karns.
“Art and creativity come in many forms. Some of the photography is digitally enhanced. The photography is about many aspects of the artist vision including, but not limited to, subject matter, composition, and visual interest and manipulation of the medium itself. In this work, the medium is digital photography.
The reference to digital implies the use of computer programs in the same way a film photographer uses chemical development and cropping to enhance photographs. Playing with elements such as exposure to light, turning a composition to black and white, or cropping the photograph increases visual impact.”
Karns first studied photography in high school in Atlanta, Ga., and again in college. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Art History. She and her husband Chris, and children Samantha, Lauren, and Christopher have lived in Ellicottville since 2005. She credits her family, friends and a recent Artists Way class for showing her the support and encouragement to pursue her passion for photography.
An artist’s reception is planned for Sept. 20, from 7–9 p.m. at the Ellicottville Library’s Community Room. The reception is open to the public, so please come and meet this wonderful artist, and enjoy this beautiful exhibition of her vision and talent.
The Ellicottville Memorial Library is located at 6499 Maples Rd. in Ellicottville, N.Y. Hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily except Sunday. Evening hours are 5–8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.