(Above: Morning Light, by Kurt Norlin)

Edited by Randi Bjornstad

Starting on Nov. 7, the Emerald Art Center will honor 84-year old Albany resident, photographer, and teacher Kurt Norlin with a 50-year retrospective of his work.

The gallery will be open

In the early years of his career, Norlin was active in development of several alternative approaches to photography, including hand-colored silver prints and photo collages. As the years passed, he also experimented with toy camera, panorama, and pinhole photography. And being modern, his most recent forays have included intentional camera movement (ICM) images created via cell phone.

“While the landscape has always been at the core of my work, the images are more about an impression or dream remembered, rather than pure descriptive fact,” Norlin said about his work and this show of it. “Over the years I have become more interested in the essence of a place than the pure description.”

His work has been collected in four volumes that he has self-published: Some Twenty Odd Images appeared in 2009, followed the next year by Desert Dance. He published Memories, Metaphors, Manifestations in 2012 and Illuminations in 2013.

His books are represented online at blurb.com, and they will be available for viewing and purchase at an opening reception at the Emerald Art Center from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during downtown Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk. Norlin also will give a gallery talk at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Feline Impressions by Deborah Weese

Silver-gelatin photographic print by Donnasue Jacobi

Two other artists, Emerald Art Center members Deborah Weese and Donnasue Jacobi, also will have shows at the center during November.

Weese’s display, titled Sentimental Friends, portrays whimsy and humor in the form of animal behavior seen through a Victorian lens. Although affected by Parkinson’s disease, Weese still works to create uplifting and healing images through the use of digital tools that help expand rather than limit her creativity despite her health limitations.

Jacobi’s exhibit features her hand-colored, silver-gelatin photographic prints.

Emerald Art Center exhibits for November 2023

When: Nov. 7 through Dec. 1, 2023

Where: Emerald Art Center, 500 Main St., Springfield

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, plus 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, during downtown Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk

Information: 541-726-8595 or emeraldartcenter.org