The Warren County Historical Society will host an opening reception for the new photography exhibit “Off-Season: Motel Signs along Routes 9 and 9N” by local photographer Jude Dolton on Saturday, August 6th from 11 am to 2 pm at the historical society at 50 Gurney Lane in Queensbury.
The focus of the exhibition is on motel signs along the Route 9 and 9N corridor during the off-season to showcase the fragile nature of small businesses in a tourism economy.
The featured photographs extend from northern Saratoga County to the Canadian border, many along Lake George. Jude Dolton, a graduate of Glens Falls High School, Class of 2019, received an Individual Artist Support grant to create an exhibition featuring thirty-two color photographs shot on 35 mm film during late winter and early spring of this year.
“I’m interested in landscape photography, but instead of pristine vistas, I am drawn to how people have altered the landscape. How our need to advance and change has affected the land around us for better or worse,” says Dolton. Discovering the New Topographics movement of the 1970s in a college art class, Dolton finally had a name for her style of photography. “There is beauty in documenting the now.”
Dolton has exhibited locally with Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, and North County Arts, as well as Maine College of Art and Design in Portland, ME. Her work was also featured in the Top 100 Juried High School Student Art Show at The Hyde Collection (2018) and the Festival of Young Arts at SPAC (2019). She currently lives in Glens Falls, and will be attending the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan this fall.
Funding for Dolton’s Individual Artist Support grant is by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency Statewide Community Regrants Program with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; administered by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.
The exhibition will run through October 1, 2022 alongside “Warren County 360°” in the main gallery at Warren County Historical Society. Visitors can also view, “General Joseph Warren – With Pen and Sword.”
This event is free and open to the public.
The mission of the Warren County Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Warren County, NY and its environs by supporting research and preservation efforts and encouraging public participation. WCHS is a non-profit 510(c)3 organization, chartered in 1997 by the New York State Education Department. Headquartered at 50 Gurney Lane, Queensbury, WCHS is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm, Fridays 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 11 am to 2 pm. Call (518) 743-0734 for more info, visit their website.