Photographer John Tully and Painter Evan Hayes present shared works
Friday, July 6, from 5-7pm the Gallery at WREN presents the opening reception of NEVERLAND, a celebration of place, featuring the evocative and moody photographs of John Tully and the mysterious, melancholic paintings of Evan Haynes. Both artists share a deep love for the places and people of Northern New England. Paired together, their work offers a space for viewers to contemplate themes of memory, meaning, life, beauty and loss.
The exhibit is part of the free First Friday events in Bethlehem, which include exhibits at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, The Maia Papaya and Rek*lis Brewery and other locations. Events are scheduled along a “First Friday Art Trail” so that exhibit-goers can experience a little bit of everything. Folks are invited to pick up a First Friday Punch card at WREN at the beginning of the trail. Completed punch cards can be exchanged at Rek*lis for a free basket of chips and salsa!
NEVERLAND is generously sponsored by Susan Retz and Chuck Lovett of Moose Track Studio, both long-time supporters of WREN and WREN artists.
Evan Haynes has ties to Northern New Hampshire that date back to his time as a student at Franconia College, where he earned a degree in Environmental Design. For more than 25 years his work has focused on public art and community design throughout New England. Recently he’s returned to studio work in painting, printmaking, and photography. He has received multiple commissions from Maine Percent for Art projects, and his work was featured in master planning initiates for the State Memorial Park in Augusta, Maine, and an Arts District plan for the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Grants and awards include those from the University of Maine, the Maine Arts Commission, the LEF Foundation, the Vermont Council of the Arts and, in collaboration with Stephen Dignazio and Ron Smith, Art and Community Landscapes; a three-year artist residency with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, funded by the National Park Service, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Evan splits his time now between New Zealand and Yarmouth, Maine.
John Tully is a New Hampshire-based documentary photographer whose work focuses on the backyards and back roads that make up daily life of a community. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and student at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, John worked as a staff photographer for several daily newspapers following college before focusing on long-term projects. Time Magazine named him ‘Instagram Photographer to Follow’ for the state of New Hampshire in 2016 and North Carolina in 2015.
His work has been displayed at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Kelley Stelling Contemporary in Manchester. He was a collaborator on Echosight, Fly Over Media, and a self-published book was selected for a juried show. The Blue Library Chapbook Exhibition selected his book for the Antenna Gallery during PhotoNOLA. A recipient of numerous national and international awards for photography and editing, John has regularly worked for Rolling Stone Magazine. He also worked for Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, and Dagbladet Information. Other notable publications include Newsweek Magazine, Vice, WIRED, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal, de Volkskrant, MSNBC, Education Week Magazine, and USA Today have also published his works.
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