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"Luminous Women: Photographs by Sallie Clarke"
2001-03-01 until 2001-04-14
North Suburban Library
Loves Park, IL, USA United States of America

In celebration of Women’s History Month, glamour and personality photographer Sallie Clarke of Studiographics Photography in Pecatonica, IL., has shifted her attention to the mature woman with her show, Luminous Women, to be exhibited at North Suburban Library, 6340 North Second Street, Loves Park, for six weeks, beginning March 1. The show features women 70 to 97 who have surpassed the facade of youth to get to the serious aspects of who they are and keeping life interesting.

Ive always been fascinated by the stories that older people have to tell: their verbal history being much more interesting than that in history books because I could ask questions and learn more of their stories, Clarke said.

Many of these women I have known a long time, like my mother and several of my aunts. Others have been in groups Ive participated in such as the Freeport Shakespeare Society, the Art Guild of Rockford, Church groups, and village festivals. Some I have only recently met. All have captured my imagination to the extent that when I grow into the luminous age, I hope I can be like them: playful and passionate, amusing and wise.

In these times, when aging is considered a social concern and brings to mind thoughts of long-term care insurance and social security, Clarke hopes through her exhibit to have aged mean joyful and beloved and treasured.

Having worked on the exhibit several years, Clarke said, I really didnt have an idea of doing a show; I was photographing because the women were doing something interesting or had something about them that drew me.

]The photographs are rendered on various papers with a variety of photographic techniques, ranging from color to black and white to sepia toned -- some of them handcolored.

The women represented in the exhibit are from New York to Florida and as far west as the Mississippi River. Most are photographed in a natural environment, and this results in relaxed and unforced images, capturing the very essence of each woman.

The exhibit at the North Suburban Library is free. The hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 am. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

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