Commemorative events mark the year anniversary of Harold Feinstein’s passing

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A few months ago I was approached by friends from the local arts community with a proposal to commemorate the one year anniversary of Harold’s passing (June 20th, 2015) and was delighted to accept. Asia Scudder, of Blue Wave Gallery in Amesbury and Greg Nikas of Sweethaven Gallery in Newburyport had already launched a lecture series on contemporary photography and wanted to include a focus on Harold’s work as part of their series. The idea grew from there.

An exhibit at Sweethaven Gallery will open on June 15th, with a reception held on June 18th, during the height of Newburyport’s annual Artwalk week-end.

Sarah Kennel, photography curator at the Peabody Essex Museum,  will curate a slideshow for the commemorative event at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on June 29th.
Sarah Kennel, photography curator at the Peabody Essex Museum, will curate a slideshow for the commemorative event at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on June 29th.
A festive evening at Newburyport’s landmark Firehouse Center for the Arts on June 29th (7PM) will feature Sarah Kennel, Photography Curator of the Peabody Essex Museum, who will curate a slideshow on Harold’s work and offer her reflections. The event, entitled “Unwrapping the Gift: The work and wisdom of Harold Feinstein” will also include Tony Decaneas, a long-time friend and well-known photography dealer, and Elin Spring, award winning photography writer and editor of the renowned blog “What will you remember?” A limited edition archival fine art poster of Harold’s iconic Coney Island Teenagers, mounted and framed, will be raffled at the event. Many thanks to Digital Silver Imaging for contributing that!

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased on-line here or at the door.

Events are being coordinated by Asia Scudder, Blue Wave Gallery, Amesbury and Greg Nikas, Sweethaven Gallery, Newburyport with special thanks to: The Firehouse Center for the Arts, The Chestnut Innovation Center and Digital Silver Imaging. “Unwrapping the gift” is the third event in an ongoing series exploring photography and creativity. Funds raised from this event will go towards the creation of an innovation and creativity lab in Amesbury.

Harold Feinstein, 1996, © Judith Thompson
Harold Feinstein, 1996, © Judith Thompson

“The key to being an artist is to unwrap the gift, and to accept it.”
from the film The Harold Feinstein Story

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