Keag River Gallery will kick of its 2014 season with “Play of Light,” a solo show featuring the work of photographer Elizabeth Root Blackmer, opening with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, May 30, from 5 to 8 pm. Blackmer also will be at the gallery Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Play of Light” will hang throughout the month of June.

Blackmer specializes in macro (close-up) photography of nature. She can usually be seen with her nose and camera inches from a spider web or rocks on a beach. Keag River offers her work as a great way to celebrate spring with an emphasis in the detail of the beauty that surrounds us. The show, the largest collection of Blackmer's images ever to be put on display, includes framed fine art rag prints and images on aluminum and glass.

While majoring in fine arts at Harvard University in the 1960s, Blackmer studied still photography under Len Gittleman. Afterward, she wore a variety of career hats — professor, author, software designer — while photography remained a lasting force in her life. She has returned to her first love and offers a distinctive personal vision, seasoned by time and crafted with intense attention.

The Keag River Gallery is at 25 Dublin Road. Regular hours are Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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