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Looking at childhood by hand-printing old photos

September 13, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Local artist Larry Poole's prints are featured at the NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, since Sept. 7 and running through Oct. 4.

Each print for the show was made in the timeless process of creating an etched plate, inking the plate, placing a damp piece of paper on the plate and running it through a hand-operated press.

The concept for the show, "Childhood Remembered," was the result of Poole becoming intrigued and inspired by the childhood pictures found in family albums of his grandparents. He commented that "the simplicity of the black-and-white photos, along with the stories they projected, were wonderful." As a result of this experience, he began a search for other photos of children from that era: the 1920s until the '40s.

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“Three Sisters and a Friend,” print by Larry Poole

While searching albums and stacks of old photos in antique and secondhand shops, it become obvious to Poole that much of the photography had been done by professionals. As a result, most of the images in the show have a formality to them that is hard to find in pictures of children today. The images in the prints presented in this exhibit were designed to be in as stark contrast as possible in order to depict one of the dichotomies of childhood: its carefree nature versus the desire of children to always be older than they are.

Poole's work has been shown in numerous juried shows, and he has participated in a number of group exhibits in the area. He has also been part of an artist exchange in Mazatlan, Mexico, where his work was shown. This past spring he held a workshop for a group of Canadian artists who wished to explore the printmaking process he uses.

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Who: Printmaker Larry Poole

What: Meet-the-Artist Reception

Where: NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, 36 Broadway, Saranac Lake

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, the date of the last Third Thursday Art Walk

How much: Free



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