Photography Exhibit At Black Krim Tavern

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Arts / Sep. 11, 2014 10:44am EDT

By Martha Slater


“Portrait of the artist and her puppy: star light and snow flakes, fairy dust in the waters, a world turned upside down, dreams.” (Provided / Caroline Tavelli-Abar) “Portrait of the artist and her puppy: star light and snow flakes, fairy dust in the waters, a world turned upside down, dreams.” (Provided / Caroline Tavelli-Abar) A show of photographs by area resident Caroline Tavelli-Abar will be on display at the Black Krim Tavern on Merchant’s Row in Randolph from September 14-December 14.

Born in 1969 in Switzerland, she grew up in the heart of the Alps, and in 1990, moved to the United States to explore her maternal roots. She spent several years traveling and discovering the United States while she earned a bachelors degree in liberal arts from Norwich University/ Vermont College in 1995.

During college, she attended the drawing marathon at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, and the intensity of the school inspired her to move to New York City in 1996. Two years later, she began working in her own studio, and with private art collectors caring for their collections.

“My artwork was inspired by my own inner landscape and by the world around me, and thanks to the eyes of the collectors my visual education deepened,” she noted. “In 2002, I began commuting between Vermont and New York and over the years I have avidly developed my own creative vision.

Now living in Rochester, Vt. full time, she said, “I continue being deeply immersed in my creative work. My work is a widespread exploration in many different forms from bas-relief to collage, photography to printmaking, with a particular deep love for drawing and poetry. This exploration at times, with the changing media, feels like visiting different cultures. I become enthralled by the adventure and tap into new aspects of my creative self with each journey.”

The show at the Black Krim Tavern will be mainly iPhotographs.

“I call them iPhotographs because I use my iPhone and love the intimacy of the images in this format and the ability to play with them in various applications,” Tavelli-Abar said. “Most of the images are from this area, apart from the butterflies, which were taken at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.” The show spans about one year.

The main area of the restaurant will showcase the bulk of the show, with a series of images of butterflies from from the Montreal Botanical Gardens hung in the restroom, and other items in the back hall.

“Seven images of other aspects of my work will also be included—two watercolors on folded paper, three waterless lithographies titled the ‘Six Meditations of the Headless Buddha,’ one linocut hand printed in red of a girl placing prayer flags, and one iPhoto as well,” Tavelli- Abar added. “I have been very interested in seeing how photography and art work that is not photography relate to each other and with this small group I experimented with what happens when a photograph is included with my other work. This small selection is also a way to share other aspects of my work.

“The show is a year in my minds eye,” she concluded.

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