Friday, July 17, 2009

Local Photographers Showcase Their Work at Baltimore's Strand Theater

~ Just a short walk from the Charles Theater, Club Charles, The Wind-Up Space, Joe Squared, Cyclops Books and more! ~

BALTIMORE - The Strand Theater is excited to host "Strandscape", featuring the art of Maryland photographers (including Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! contributors Davida Gypsy Breier and Ken Stanek), this weekend! Seven local photographers will be exhibiting and selling their fabulous works during Artscape weekend at the Strand Theater in the heart of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Event is FREE! Light refreshments will be served. Dates/times as follows:

Friday, July 17 (12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, July 18 (12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
Sunday, July 19 (12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

The following artists will be featured:

LAUREN BARHART (Photography, Graphic Design) grew up in Hagerstown, MD involved in various disciplines of the arts since childhood. She devoted her time to dance, music and visual arts throughout school. Lauren discovered a love of photography in college while pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. Unique angles and perspectives of architecture and graphic elements are frequent subjects featured in her photography. She currently works in Gaithersburg, MD as a Graphic Designer/Print Department Manager.

DAVIDA GYPSY BREIER fell in love with the smell of darkrooms and photographing animals while in junior high. She graduated college with a BFA and spent many years as a commercial photographer before joining the publishing industry. She begin working with the No Voice Unheard, a non-profit dedicated to animal advocacy, in 2006 and is a contributor to their forthcoming book Ninety-Five: Meeting America’s Farmed Animals.Some of Davida’s portraits of sanctuary, rescued, wild, and companion animals can be viewed at

DAVID FREY (Photographer): As a NJ native growing up in a working class environment, David didn't discover photography until he was in his mid-thirties. His vision is shaped by what he's seen in his past career as a petroleum pipeline operator and his eye is drawn towards things that are rarely considered pretty. David has done professional work for CCBC, Novo Interiors, and Goucher College, as well as numerous professional headshots for individuals and event shooting. David is new to the Baltimore area but has taken to his new home comfortably. He hopes to remain an active member of the area's rich artistic community.

ASHLEIGH HADDAD is thrilled to be making her photography show debut at The Strand for this year's Artscape. She has only just recently begun to dabble in photography, so she is honored to be surrounded by so many other talented artists. In real life, Ash works at Geppi's Entertainment Museum downtown, and can occasionally be seen onstage acting and singing her way around the Baltimore theatre scene. She has her mom, Valorie Haddad, to thank for sparking her interest behind the lense, and will proudly be displaying some of her beautiful photos as well.

CARR KIZZIER is Baltimore based filmmaker and photographer. His short film "Bump" won second place Audience Choice at the 2008 caMM slaMM.

PHILIP LAUBNER (Photography): Phil grew up outside of Boston, MA, playing music, taking pictures and eventually moving into the city to work as a graphic artist. He moved to New Orleans in 2002. After Hurricane Katrina he worked at an under-staffed full service ad agency; wearing many hats, including graphic designer and staff photographer. Philip moved to Baltimore in August of 2007, and has worked as a freelance graphic artist and photographer.

KEN STANEK is a photographer and visual artist. His work reflects his many varied and eclectic interests: From breathtaking landscapes of mother nature, to raw glimpses of human nature; from planes flying two miles high, to boats sailing two hundred miles at sea... The common thread that connects Ken's work is his passion to embrace new experiences and share, with child-like wonder, the world through his eyes.

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