Wells Memorial welcomes Stephen Longmire exhibit

UPPER JAY - From now until April 1, Wells Memorial Library is exhibiting photographs from "Keeping Time in Sag Harbor" by Stephen Longmire, a resident of Upper Jay. A combination of photographs and text, the book describes the transformation of a former-whaling-port-turned-summer-resort on eastern Long Island during the recent real estate boom, as many of its historic houses were converted into second homes. The book commemorated Sag Harbor's 300th anniversary in 2007.

Larger versions of this show were seen at New York's South Street Seaport Museum in 2008 and at the Nantucket Historical Association in 2009. This installation includes 15 images.

On Sunday, Feb. 14 from 2-4 p.m., the author will talk about his work and show photographs from his forthcoming book, "Life and Death on the Prairie." This portrait of one of the last prairies in Iowa, a cemetery in continuous use since the 1830s, will be out next fall from the Center for American Places and University of Chicago Press, the publishers of Keeping Time in Sag Harbor. Photographs from the new book will be exhibited at Grinnell College in the fall.

Stephen Longmire's photographs have been hung in galleries and museums across the country, from Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography to the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. They are in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the National Park Service. He has written on photographic art for many publications, including Afterimage and The Chicago Reader, and taught the history and practice of photography at Georgetown University and Columbia College Chicago. He is planning a book on the built environments of the Adirondack Park, with support from Adirondack Architectural Heritage.

For more information, contact Karen Rappaport at the Wells Memorial Library by calling 946-2644. The Wells Memorial Library is open Tuesday through Thursday from 12-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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