Dykeman-Young Gallery Photography Exhibit Showcases Jamestown

The Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium is currently displaying the work of eight area photographers attempting to showcase the attributes and positive aspects of Jamestown. The exhibit will remain on display through June 15, and an opening reception will be held Friday from 6-9:30 p.m. P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

One need not view Jamestown through a rose-colored lens to see the beauty contained within Pearl City limits.

This week, the Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium opened a new exhibit, its first of the 2017 season, that aims to showcase the attributes of Jamestown via a photographic representation of its various locales.

The exhibit, titled “Exposure 2: Discovering Jamestown,” was coordinated by Michael Dykeman, gallery owner and curator, who said he wanted to give Jamestown area residents a different perspective of the city that many may overlook in their daily routine. He said he asked eight different area photographers to go about the city and try to capture the essence of the city, and the fruits of their labor is what will comprise the exhibit’s offerings.

“About two months ago I gave six local and two Warren, Pa., photographers an assignment to photograph Jamestown in a positive light, and they brought in some amazing work,” Dykeman said. “Half of these photographers are professionals, and the other half amateurs with an amazing eye, but I think these photographs are something everyone should see.”

The exhibit officially opened to the public Tuesday, showcasing the photography of Jonathan Bell, David Engstrom, Kirk Frink, Peter Garami, Linda Kennedy, Ashley Ordines, Catherine Panebianco and Jennifer Randall. Each photographer’s display also includes individual statements, written by the photographers themselves, about their past experience with and approach to photography, along with the reasoning behind their choice of locations to photograph.

“When people go through this exhibit, I wanted them to not only see something that maybe that hadn’t seen before, but definitely also wanted them leave with a positive impression of our city,” Dykeman said.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 6-9:30 p.m., and all photographers will be available to display and discuss their work. The “Exposure 2: Discovering Jamestown” exhibit is free and open to the public, and will remain on display at the gallery through June 15.

The Dykeman-Young Gallery is located at 100 E. Second St., and its hours of operation are 1-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 483-5772 or find “Exposure 2 Discovering Jamestown Opening Reception” on Facebook.