Wayne County Council for the Arts, 108 W. Miller St., Newark, opened its 2018 season with the 36th annual Wayne County High School Art Exhibition.
The exhibit features art created by students from Wayne County high schools. The gallery will open for special hours during the winter school break — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Feb. 23 and noon to 3 p.m. on Feb. 24.
Parents, friends and the public are welcome to attend an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 11. The exhibit will run through March 24.
Attendees also can enjoy traditional black-and-white photography, all shot on film, by Dave Folts in the Chris Fayad Members’ Gallery.
In addition to being an amateur photographer since the mid 1970s, Folts is a professional cabinetmaker. His introduction to woodworking came about while attending college and working summers at Gunlocke Chair Co. in Wayland. During the same period, he was lured into photography by “This American Earth,” a book with images by Ansel Adams.
“I could not believe it was possible anyone could make such magnificent pictures in black and white,” Folts said.
He acquired basic darkroom equipment, learned how to develop negatives and enlarge prints and set forth into the world with his Kodak Instamatic to pursue his version of the great American landscape photograph. It did not happen. Turns out, his skill as a photographer was surpassed by his skill as a woodworker.
Nevertheless, Folts kept at both efforts throughout the years. When asked why he doesn’t go digital, Folts said he has not yet mastered traditional film photography.
“I like the look, feel and sound of 60-plus-year-old, batteries not needed, mechanical cameras,” Folts said. “If I am ever going to make a great American landscape photograph, that is how I am going to do it.”
Admission is free. Gallery hours are from noon to 3 p.m. on Fridays-Saturdays and by appointment. Call (315) 331-4593, email info@wayne-arts.com or visit wayne-arts.com for information.