From the 2010 one man show at Panopticon.
I have been exhibiting my work with Panopticon Gallery for almost 25 years. Initially under the ownership of Tony Decaneas and, in the past 3 1/2 years, under the ownership of Jason Landry. My work has been displayed in all three of the gallery's locations as one man shows; in Boston along the river at Bay State Road in about 1990, in Waltham, where the gallery was for many years, and at its current location in the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square in Boston.
From the 2006 one man show in Waltham
I am no longer a gallery artist at Panopticon Gallery. One thing is always true and that is: things change. Since I retired from teaching in 2012 my life is very different and my needs for the showing and selling of my work have changed as well. As I age and take a more active role in managing my current and past work my needs for a gallery to represent my photography are different than when I signed a contract with Panopticon in May of 2010.
Am I signing with a new gallery? Not yet. Have I got something lined up? No. Is it scary to be dangling out in the breeze without representation? Not really, for I am confident in the belief that something good will come from this new situation I find myself in.
I also want to write in praise of Jason Landry for he is a most excellent person to have in your court as an artist. With Jason's sometimes instigation and always with his support, we entered into several ventures together that proved lucrative for us both over the years. With his help, my work is better known now by far than it was in 2010 and better received too. He has my lasting gratitude for a job well done. He treats his artists with respect and often works hard on their behalf. Asked if I would recommend or endorse his gallery to artists I would not hesitate, particularly to those that are young and emerging.
It probably seems counterproductive to be leaving a gallery at a time when so many are looking to join one. So be it. To be honest, some things aren't optional when you are in your late 60's, the way they are when you are younger. My years of continued output and production at a high level are limited and that means I am in a hurry.
So, I wish Jason Landry and the gallery the very best, in all its ventures.
Jason at his desk during the 2010 show of my work: "Twenty-Five Years".