Mariposa Arts Council opens photography exhibition

MARIPOSE – The Mariposa County Arts Council invites the public to Silver Linings: Photographing Personal Peace during the Pandemic, an exhibition featuring the works of participants in the 2021 F/STOP photography program.

Silver Linings will open on Monday, December 13, 2021, in the front room of the Mariposa Museum and History Center (5119 Jessie St, Mariposa, CA, 95338), and will close on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

F/STOP – a photography program for Mariposa residents ages 55 and older – consists of a series of free, multi-week digital photography workshops focusing on the artistic elements of photography and is designed to promote creativity, self-expression of oneself and increase comfort with digital technology. This year, participants were asked to reflect on their time at home during the COVID-19 lockdown and to photograph what comforted them.

Tabloid Silver Linings

The severity of the pandemic has exacerbated many of the challenges older adults face, including detachment, loss, and isolation. Silver Linings takes a personal look at the photographers’ experiences, offers a humble appreciation of their courage during the many hardships of the past two years, and recognizes the objects, people, animals, activities and spaces that have brought them comfort and peace. Participant Linda Ward photographed a shady shoreline in Yosemite, saying: ‘Very little beyond family and friends gave me comfort during the months when I saw most of life from the edges of my house. For me, the vast expanse of the outdoors, the beauty of nature, the dazzling skies, the golden glow of the afternoon sun, and the healing sight and sound of water standing, flowing, overwhelming, reflecting – all gave me the ability to take a deep breath and feel at peace.

To learn more about the F/STOP program, go to www.mariposaartscouncil.org/fstop.

The Arts Council would like to give special thanks to the museum staff for generously hosting the F/STOP workshops in their courtyard this spring, providing a safe and welcoming outdoor space for participants to discuss and share their work; and for hosting this exhibit indoors this winter for all visitors.

Support for this program comes from Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, as well as our loyal members. To become a member and support arts programs like F/STOP at Mariposa, visit www.mariposaartscouncil.org/jointoday.

The Arts Council is an incorporated non-profit organization established to promote and support all forms of cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County and is supported in part by Mariposa County, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Tracey L. Sweeney