‘Small Worlds’ at Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Arts & Entertainment -

RIDGELY — The beauty of seeds and fad­ing flow­ers serve as sources of in­spi­ra­tion for Paige Billin-Frye’s pho­to­graphs as she cap­tures plants at the end of their life cy­cles.

Her show “Small Worlds” is cur­rently on view in Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

“With an eye for cap­tur­ing the beauty of plants in their end stages, she presents im­pos­si­bly del­i­cate star­bursts where seeds once clung to a sprig of fen­nel, and a patch of moss that forms a mag­i­cal world of shim­mer­ing tex­tures as frail stalks bravely ex­tend seed­pods into the air,” a news re­lease states.

Al­though Billin-Frye has made her ca­reer as an il­lus­tra­tor of children’s books, she said pho­tog­ra­phy has been im­por­tant to her since she was a child.

In 2010, a sunrise visit to the ti­dal pools at one of her fa­vorite places in Maine led to her “Small Worlds” se­ries, in which she be­gan pho­tograph­ing plants iso­lated against white back­grounds, the re­lease states.

“I found my­self drawn to shells and rocks that had bar­na­cles at­tached and sea­weed wind­ing through,” she said. “By pho­tograph­ing these ob­jects sep­a­rated from their back­grounds, their scale be­came a bit in­de­ci­pher­able and they looked to me to be self-con­tained worlds. I like the sense that you’re not sure whether it’s some­thing big or small.”

This show is part of Ad­kins Ar­bore­tum’s on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries of work on nat­u­ral themes by re­gional artists. It is on view through Feb. 2 at the Ar­bore­tum Visi­tors Cen­ter lo­cated at 12610 Eve­land Road near Tuck­a­hoe State Park in Ridgely.

Con­tact the ar­bore­tum at 410-6342847, ext. 0, or [email protected]­kins ar­bore tum.org for gallery hours.

PHOTO BY RE­BECCA PLACEK

On Dec. 14, Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran and Chris Corchiarino vis­ited Kent Is­land Fed­er­a­tion of Arts, 405 Main St., Stevensville, to view the lat­est show “Win­ter Com­ing.” They were im­pressed by re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work done by the U.S. Navy vol­un­teers over eight week­end work days. The com­mis­sion­ers were in­ter­ested to learn about the many shows and classes KIFA of­fers to youths and adults. From left: Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran and Chris Corchiarino, Paul Placek, Carol For­don­ski, Su­san Hale, Terry Sayler, and Mar­garet Tessier. For in­for­ma­tion about KIFA, call 410-643-7424 or visit www.kifa.us.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Har­mony on the Bay di­rec­tor Roni Gapetz (front cen­ter) and mem­bers, from left, Patty Blad, Char­lene Feren­sic, Dale Huff­man, Gla­dys Ka­plan, Clau­dia Hor­ney, Laura Van Wie McGrory, Marge Crapoff, Sandy Smith, Su­san Eddy, Gale Guinand and Mary Jac­quette.

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