Hassenpflug, Oliver images at Zoot

Jan 26, 2014
Photo by: Ralph Hassenpflug Ralph Hassenpflug’s "Dance Like A Flame" features Kathryn Oliver, who will share a Zoot show with him in February.

Camden — Photographs by Ralph Hassenpflug will be displayed during the month of February at Zoot Coffee, 31 Elm St./Route 1. The public is invited to an artists' reception Sunday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served; for more information, email ralph.hassenpflug@gmail.com.

Hassenpflug was born in West Germany and emigrated to the United States in 2002. Drawn to the rugged beauty of the landscape, he settled on the Midcoast. Increasingly gaining recognition over the past year, Hassenpflug has won first prize at the Maine Fine Arts Nude Photography Show; exhibited several pieces in the acclaimed Maine Photography Show; has been selected for the Italian Vogue portfolio; and is a featured artist in Stone Voices Magazine's current issue.

Hassenpflug’s work has been published by Maine Art Scene Magazine and has been accepted into the prestigious “Visual Narrative” exhibition at the Minneapolis Photo Center for 2014. He is under contract for a book on sacred spaces of Brittany, France, due out this summer. For more information on the artist, visit RalphHassenpflug.com.

Also on exhibit are Hassenpflug’s collaborations with Camden artist Kathryn Oliver. Oliver began modeling for Hassenpflug nine months ago as the subject for his Stone Voices magazine "Dance As A Flame" series. As their work developed together, she began to play a strong creative role in the image-making process. Hassenpflug encouraged her to explore self portraiture and to step behind the camera as well.

Inspired by this, Oliver jumped in full-time and reconnected with her past joy of photography. She had studied photography at the Museum Of Fine Arts School in Boston but since has ventured into painting, dance and theater. In this exhibit, she combines her passion for theatrical storytelling with her love of painting in handpainted, pinhole camera, encaustic-style works.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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