Photographer Ron Nolland’s work is on display through June at the Best Western Plus, the Inn at Smithfield as part of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ off-site gallery program.
PLATTSBURGH — Ron Nolland and his camera get around.
You might have seen him at Ausable Point—he's the guy on the wildlife viewing deck, patiently waiting for the osprey to return to its humongous nest as the summer sun sends the colors of dusk across the wetland.
You might have also caught him crouching in a stand of skunk cabbage by the Saranac River, shifting from side to side, looking for angles.
If you go:
What: Seenery, an exhibition by photographer Ron Nolland
When: 7 a.m.-11 p.m., through June
Where: Best Western Plus, the Inn at Smithfield, 446 Rt. 3, Plattsburgh
Nolland’s work includes landscapes, the motion of water, and getting close to his subjects.
Nolland doesn't have to etch his love of nature photography into a tree trunk. That would be distasteful.
Instead, he can just point his lens at two bracken fern fiddleheads and capture their figures nodding toward each other to form the shape of a heart.
Take a trip to the Best Western Plus in Plattsburgh and see for yourself—he has 20 photos on display in the hotel’s new gallery space.
Some of his larger pieces also adorn the walls throughout the hotel.
The exhibition, called “Seenery,” is part of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ off-site gallery program, which includes three locations throughout the city.
“I don't think as a resident we always appreciate how much we have,” said Bob Smith, owner of the Best Western in Plattsburgh. “I know from being in the hospitality business and talking to our guests that they view our area with a lot of respect, and they love the area.”
Nolland’s exhibit opened Tuesday, March 19, and included a wine tasting sponsored by the Champlain Wine Company.
It will run through June, and other local wineries will be featured at future openings.
All of Nolland’s work is for sale.
“This is really about getting the community to recognize what a great area we have, and that we have to be vested in it,” Smith said. “If we can develop this ground swell for the arts, I think we’ll see all kinds of positive change come out of it.”
Shawna Armstrong, gallery coordinator and graphic designer for NCCCA, said the off-site gallery program has been in the works for some time, and that it is moving forward quickly.
The goal is to begin having quarterly openings at the different locations, starting in July.
“We’ve had interest from other businesses and artists, and we’re just trying to get them all on the same timeline,” Armstrong said.
But every location is different, so some locations are better suited for certain types of art than others.
“We’ve literally just formalized the process, so we’re branding it and putting together contracts for both the artists and gallery sites,” said Janine Scherline, NCCCA’s executive director.
To mark the beginning of the program’s next quarter, two more off-site galleries will open in July—one at the Plattsburgh Public Library and the other at CVPH.
A current off-site gallery, the Plattsburgh Development Corp., will also be switching Penelope Clute’s and Gail Kemp’s “Outdoor Textures” photography exhibit to “Cherish Solitude,” an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Bobby Ziemba and Suzanne Doin on Friday, March 29.
Both Armstrong and Scherline said they’d like to get more artists involved, but for now it is by invitation only.
Businesses interested in hosting an off-site gallery should contact Janine Scherline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists interested in having their work shown should contact Shawna Armstrong at email@example.com.
Visit plattsburgharts.org for more information.