Thursday, June 28, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

Fruit Bowl on Table With Chair, Columbia, Maryland
c Denee Barr 2003
All Rights Reserved

Denee Barr Art News and More

Paul Outerbridge

To appreciate photography one must disassociate it from other forms of art expression. Instead of holding a preconceived idea of art, founded upon painting (painting is cited because, in general, the word "art" seems to be somewhat synonymous with painting), it must be considered as a distinct medium of expression, and one must first of all realize that it is a medium capable of doing certain things which can be accomplished in no other way. No one condemns architecture because it does not look like a painting or a painting because it is not done in stone.

Of those who say that photography is too mechanical to produce works of art---and this category includes many otherwise competent art critics--it may be safely said that such an attitude denotes a lack of knowledge. The camera and the various apparatus and materials used in photography are, after all, merely tools, as are the paints, brushes, and chisels of other arts. And the result is bounded, not by the limitations of the tools, but by those of the man.

If the test of artistic worth is that an object be the means of aesthetic enjoyment, who will deny that through photography such objects may be and have been created?

Photography Speaks II: 70 Photographers On Their Art
by Brooks Johnson
Aperture/The Chrysler Museum of Art 1995
Norfolk, Virginia

page 70

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

Happiness and the Mind

The Happiness of Your Life Depends Upon The Quality of Your Thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius

Happiness Does Not Depend on Outward Things, But On The Way We See Them.
Leo Tolstoy

From Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct
by P.M. Forni 2002
St. Martin's Press
New York

page 15

Monday, June 25, 2007

Denee Barr Art News and More

40 Great Years and More!

The Columbia Foundation, in collaboration with The Artist’s Gallery, The Columbia Archives and LakeSide Coffee and Café, hosts “40 Great Years and More!”, an exhibit of works by local photographer Denee Barr and visual artist Alice Webb in the Foundation office at the American Cities Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, Maryland. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is part of The Columbia Festival of the Arts’ “Artworks” at LakeFest. Denee Barr is the recipient of a 2003 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award Grant for artistic excellence in photography. She studied film, painting, printmaking and papermaking at the University of Maryland and frequently combines these media to create photo-based works. Alice Webb works in watercolors, oils and etching and teaches watercolor painting in her Ellicott City home. Her artistry has been featured on the cover of the Baltimore Sun “Hometown Guides” for the local Maryland counties. “40 Great Years and More!” features the artists’ mixed media photographs, watercolors, etchings and giclee prints of landscapes throughout Howard County. Begun in conjunction with the Columbia Festival of the Arts’ LakeFest, the exhibit will be open from 10:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday for the remainder of the year. Founded in 1969, the Columbia Foundation has awarded nearly $9 million in grants to Howard County nonprofit organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the Foundation’s endowment supported by over 200 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information on The Columbia Foundation, visit or call 410-730-7840.

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