I paint with my camera.  Although I keep current on photography past and present, I am influenced more by painters than by other photographers.

Since childhood I have been intrigued by light, color and patterns.   In an effort to capture and create an amalgam of my visions, I first studied art, composition and color theory, and then moved forward into photography and design at colleges in Milwaukee and Chicago.  I always came back to photography as the most honest way to capture what I saw.  I moved to New Hampshire in 1971 working through the years as a layout artist and copywriter, freelance studio photographer,  therapeutic riding instructor and mother. However, I never put down my camera.

Fast forward to the digital age and freedom from the traditional dark room and chemicals.  I began again to look into the “secret life” of natural and manmade objects with a slightly different and more humble view.  I found patterns at which I have “looked” all my life, but am truly “seeing” now.  LIght can add a shadow here or dramatic lighting there in a confounding number of patterns and colors. I find this truly humbling and mysteriously beautiful.

In my photographs I attempt to share my vision of the mystery and beauty around us.  I cannot, nor do I want to compete with nature, but simply freeze a special moment. The beauty I find is not limited to nature.  Manmade objects and structures possess fascinating angles and colors even in their state of decay. I compose with my camera, altering color as minimally as possible, and occasionally eliminating it because the pattern stands by itself.  Playing with size, the way the photos are mounted, printed and framed adds a little question mark...an extra hint of mystery.   I hope you enjoy sharing my visions.  All photos are printed with archival inks and mounted with acid free materials or printed on metal to provide many years of life.

My photographs are available in many custom sizes.   I do all my own matting and framing for prints on paper.  Prints are also available unmounted.
Please contact me for information on pricing.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”  - Albert Einstein

 

MARY GERAKARIS - CV

Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1948

Education

1969/70    Ray Vogue School of Design, photography and graphic design, Chicago, IL
1966/69    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, fine art major

Solo Exhibits

2017          Selected Works on Metal and Paper, Local Corporate Office (they wish to remain
                  anonymous), Lebanon, NH
2016          Selected Works on Paper and Metal, Lake Sunapee Bank, New London, NH
                  Selected Works on Paper and Metal, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center,
                  Williamson Building Gallery, Lebanon, NH
                  Selected Works on Paper and Metal, Norwich Library, Norwich, VT
2015          Works on Paper and MetalStella’s Restaurant, Lyme, NH
                  Collection of Works on Paper and Metal - CREARE center, Etna, NH
2014          Patterns Around Us, Benefit show for High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
2013          Patterns Around Us, Benefit show for High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program
2012          Abstract and Macro, Stella’s Restaurant, Lyme, NH

Group Exhibits 

2018          Street Photography - "La Visiteur", shortlisted for the online exhibit sponsored
                  by The Motif Collection
                  Black & White, a juried exhibit, - "Botanical Dance", "Saffron" and
                  "The Sundowners",  Library Arts Center, Newport, NH                         
           
2017           AVA Gallery Juried Exhibit, "College Street Garage" and "In the Beginning",
                   AVA Gallery and Art center, Lebanon, NH.          
                   Abstractions, "In the Beginning", online exhibit through Cape Cod Cultural Center,
                   Cape Cod, MA
                   CFA Spring Members' Show, "Botanical Dance" and "Faded Glory",
                   New London Inn, New London, NH
                   Free For All, "Botanical Dreams On Fire", online group exhibit, Exhibition Without Walls
                   Camera USA® 2017: National Photography Exhibition and Award, 
                   
"Tropical Overlay", Naples Art  Association, Naples, FL
2016           CFA Fall Juried Show, "Through the Looking Glass", "Cover #4", New London Inn,
                  New London, NH
                   CFA Juried Show, NHAA's Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
                   Juried Show, Library Arts Center, Newport, NH                     
2015          Juried Members Show, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH; juried by Susan Stickler director
                  of the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH            
                   
Holiday Show - group show AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2014          Online Juried Show, Photographers Forum Magazine/show catalog
                  All In the Family - works of Mary, Peter and Dimitri Gerakaris, Tavern Club,
                  Boston, MA
                  Holiday Show - AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2013          Natural Florida, juried exhibit, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL
                  CFA Exhibit - group juried show Center for the Arts, New London, NH
                  Images - group juried photography show at 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

Workshops and Classes given

2017         Improving Your Photographs - A course on camera settings, how to use them
                 and
 basic composition.  
                  Osher study group sponsored by Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2016         Improving Your Photographs - A course on camera settings, how to use them
                 and
 basic composition.  
                 
Osher study group sponsored by Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Awards and publications

2018        Award of Excellence, "Clinging To the Past", New Beginnings online exhibit
                sponsored by Manhattan Arts International


2017        Daily UV Interview - https://dailyuv.com/news/914404
                Finalist "Yawkey Way", Shadows online competition, Motif Collection
                Published in "Light - A Journal of Poetry and Photography", issue 2, Dwell, 
                
"Seeing In Black and White"
                Published in "Light- A Journal of Poetry and Photography", issue 3, Solitude, 
                
"Fog's Necklace"

2016        Best in Show "Cover #4", Center For the Arts Fall juried show, New London Inn,
                New London, NH

                Finalist  "Botanical Dreams in Red", Exhibition Without Walls online exhibit

2012       Second Place, "Pine Island Sunrise", Marie Selby Botanical Gardens juried exhibit,
               Sarasota, FL