Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bernard Herman's Work in His Own Words

Another video about Dr. Herman's work is now available. This one was created by Todd Tinkham just before the exhibition for went on display at Through This Lens, and has been shown several times at the gallery. The entire video is just over 7 minutes and can be seen by clicking on this link: target="_blank"
You will still need to visit Through This Lens to really appreciate the photographs, and we hope you will be even more interested after having watched this short film.

With Todd Tinkham's help, we plan to offer more videos about future events and artist's statements. Your comments are welcome.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On-line video about Bernard Herman's photos + Will Grossman Memorial Photo Competition

Patricia Murray came by today for a short video interview asking me about the work by Dr. Bernard Herman, on display through April 5, 2014. Ms. Murray also asked about the Will Grossman Memorial Photo Competition. While few like to listen to themselves, or look at photos of themselves, I hope you will take a peek at this video. You can find it at TV Skywriter, It will provide some background on Dr. Herman's work, and information about the Will Grossman Competition. Haircut aside, please tell me what you think.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Changes to Website

In the spirit of promoting art and "A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships" our web site has just been updated to include a Google map to the gallery, and a link for a second map to all the currently recognized arts venues in the downtown Durham area. Please take a look at:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mardi Gras Visits Through This Lens

Artist Eleanor Mills in front of her work
Photographer Eleanor Mills stopped in several times to meet with visitors and discuss her work - currently on display in the main gallery. Late in the day, just before the Mardi Gras parade in downtown Durham Eleanor stopped in again, but now dressed for the occasion.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ernest Oliphant - Another Artist Gone

Ernest Oliphant, artist, drawing from life at Through This Lens gallery
Ernest Drawing at Through This Lens
I just heard that Ernest Oliphant has died.

Though he was not a photographer, he was one of the first, and most consistent visitors to Through This Lens. Ernest had a number of health issues over the years but was a very cheery person who spent much of his time drawing. His drawings were like over sized calling cards, and he would leave a new one at almost every visit. I believe it was his way of saying thank you for the friendship that he found around town.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Show Your Best Work in April

Photo by Chris Ogden, winner of the 2013 Will Grossman Award
Serenity Overflowing © 2013 Chris Ogden
winning entry for 2013
The 2nd Annual Will Grossman Photo Competition winners will be announced at 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Some of you will remember the great success with the event last year - but this year things, with your help, will be even better. New judges - all of them photographer, and all respected:
  • Roger Manley, Director of the Gregg Museum at NC State University,
  • Alex Harris, founder of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
  • Chris Ogden, winner of the Will Grossman Award in 2013 and a very successful photographer and educator

Prize money is better than last year with first place now $1,000. second place $500 and third place $250. If you would like to read more please see this page from our web site: or phone Roylee Duvall at 919.687.0250 with any questions. One important note: your entries must be delivered on time since the judging will take place on Sunday, April 6th Also, if you are a Through This Lens member you will save $5 off the entry fee. That detail is not mentioned on our web site.