Welcome to the Column-Inch Collection!
Come visit our new community gallery to see local artists’ work. The front lobby of our offices at 42 Severance Green in Colchester have been converted to a free art space, where new local art will be exhibited monthly. Stop by Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Or view the online gallery below!
April artist at Column-Inch Collection: Sheri Larsen
“I have enjoyed photography since I was a kid but never spent much time at it until I retired 10 years ago,” Essex resident Sheri Larsen recently reflected. “With more free time and with a digital camera in hand, I am able to take a lot of photos and really learn what works and what doesn’t work.”
Larsen has a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.P.A. from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Vermont. But with the exception of one art history course and a few online photography courses, the 65-year-old has no formal training in art or photography. Even so, she seems to have acquired a knack for it. Larson has exhibited her photography locally, won several ribbons in the past few years at the Champlain Valley Fair and had her photos published in various publications, including the Green Mountain Club newsletter and the Burlington Free Press.
So how did she pick up the art of digital photography?
“I have learned photography by taking lots of photos, observing others’ work and getting tips from friends,” she revealed. “The learning process has been a challenge to me. I also enjoy having a record of interesting things I’ve seen and places I’ve visited, and creating a rotating gallery of photos for my walls at home.”
Larson’s interest is mainly nature and travel photography, but her subjects vary widely. Some of her photographs showcase the details of a single focus, such as an individual flower or bird, while others capture a broad view of a scenic location. No matter her focus, you’re likely to find her around town with a camera in hand.
“I love taking photos in the Essex (and) Colchester area,” Larson said. “Favorite photography spots include my backyard in Essex, Indian Brook Reservoir, Colchester Causeway and locations in both communities with a view of the mountains or Lake Champlain.”
Larsen’s work will be on display at the Column-Inch Collection inside the offices of The Essex Reporter and The Colchester Sun, 42 Severance Green, Colchester, until the end of April.
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