Anne Rowland

Press release draft for exhibition at Hemphill, draft March 5, 2011

Washington D.C. – Hemphill Fine Arts opens Anne Rowland on Saturday, April 9, 2011, with a public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through June 4, 2011.

The exhibition is comprised of color photographic landscapes Rowland has made in Western Loudoun County on farmland and roadsides in the villages of Bluemont, Round Hill, Unison, Bloomfield and Middleburg. These photographs feature familiar aspects of the local landscape such as profusions of tangled rosa multiflora growing on downed trees, fencerows engulfed in bittersweet vines, views of streams winding through farm fields, and a striking dead tree, hit by lightning years before and now stripped of bark. Also included with be several pictures of more distant views, one showing a large expanse of field at dusk on Foxcroft Road in Middleburg as the moon rises on the horizon, as well as an 82 x 105” print of a cattle field off of Snake Hill Road late in the afternoon, also in Middleburg.

Most of Rowland’s pictures are made using a programmable robotic camera mount called a GigaPan, similar to, and derived from, the one attached to the Mars Lunar Rover. It allows the taking of sequential digital photos both vertically and horizontally, to combine in the computer into a panorama made of up to several hundred photos. The finished pictures can be very large and also very sharp and detailed. Small plant species are identifiable, ladybugs can be seen perched on leaves, and a distant aircraft flies near Dulles Airport.

Also on display will be Rowland’s accordian -fold artist’s book stretched out on a twenty
foot long table, showing small images of about 70 landscapes.

Rowland, who grew up in Great Falls,VA, divides her time between Bluemont and New York City. She received a BFA from the joint program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and Tufts University, Medford, MA. She has exhibited at such venues as the Washington Center for Photography, the Tartt Gallery ( late of Washington, D.C.), the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Hemphill Fine Arts is located at 1515 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005.
Phone 202-234-5601

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am through 5 pm, or by appointment.
The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.