When people hear of the name Scott Funk, they usually think of the reverse mortgage guy or Aging in Place advocate. Few know he has been taking pictures for over 40 years, exhibiting his photographs in venues as different as Burlington and San Quentin Prison. His subjects have ranged from the deserts of California to the covered bridges of New England.
Now, Funk's work joins that of his wife, Kelly, in a new gallery in Richmond. Gallery 160 is housed in their Victorian home on East Main Street (Route 2). The house offers a remarkable setting with stained and leaded glass windows and a dramatic entrance featuring a fireplace with wooden columns.
Their promise of pictures of Vermont and beyond is more than fulfilled. Along with the expected shots of fall leaves and the Round Church are photographs of New Orleans at night and puffins in flight. The latter is one of Scott's, 5 x 3? feet in size. Contrast that with Kelly's delicate 2 x 2 inch photograph of a butterfly.
A few pieces hang in the foyer, but most are divided between two main rooms. Funk's pictures are large, most are printed on canvas, and fill the East Gallery. His approach to selling his work is unusual for a photographer, offering the originals as limited editions of one or two prints. "This protects the collector's investment while requiring me to be more productive," he explains.
The West Gallery features Kelly's work, which is more intimate. Her subjects are most often of the natural world; the style is more like portraiture than landscape or documentary photography. Works are exhibited in rescued frames which is only part of the couples' commitment to keeping things as green as possible.
Along with original works ready for hanging, photocards and matted prints are available. Custom work is also done, but Kelly is quick to remind that "while shopping is never discouraged, viewing for its own sake is always welcomed." The couple hope Gallery 160 will become both a way to share their art and also a resource for the community. They want to remain family-friendly and church and school groups are encouraged to arrange special visits.
This will be the town's first art gallery. Open house hours are scheduled Feb. 4-7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.