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First Friday Featuring Dean M. Chriss and Anne Wakser
July 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Photographer Dean M. Chriss
Dean’s relationship with nature began as a child, long before he picked up a camera. In the early 1970s, he developed an interest in nature photography that grew stronger with time. A long-term commitment to landscape photography developed when he first traveled to the deserts of the Southwestern United States in the early 1980s. In the 1990s Dean’s interests grew to include the photography of wildlife inhabiting the places he had come to know and love.
Dean has printed all of his own work since 1997. This allows him to maintain a consistent visual interpretation from the first eyewitness view in the field all the way to the finished print. Some of the most advanced tools, materials, and processes available are used to create these fine art archival prints, and countless hours are spent perfecting them.
Dean’s work was first published in the United States in 1986. His images have since been published in more than twenty-five countries distributed across Europe, North America, and South Asia.
My relationship with the natural world is among my greatest treasures. I learned photography in an attempt to share my view of that world, and photography has, in turn, helped me to see my subjects in a much more intimate way. Respect and concern for my subjects drive my photography, and I believe that personal involvement with one’s subjects is a prerequisite for the creation of any compelling image.
Photographic images realize their maximum potential in printed form. Everything from the techniques used to optimize an image to the paper the image is printed on has an influence on the result. Fine art printmaking is the ultimate expression of my work. I always hope my prints convey to others the joy and wonder that existed when the images were captured.
Annie Wakser Artist
I grew up in Euclid, Ohio but always wanted to live in the country. I fulfilled my dream and have been living in Newbury, Ohio for 40 years.
After retiring from corporate sales for over twenty years I started to take art more seriously. With no formal art training, I started to take an informal art class once a week. I always loved to draw but I really wanted to improve my skills. To do that I just started to paint more and more. It is still just a fun passion, relaxing and rewarding. I have always gravitated to painting wildlife, animals, children and western art.
I winter in Tucson, Arizona where I always get inspired to paint with a southwest feel.
My favorite mediums to work in are pastels, acrylics, and charcoal.