ITALIA CON AMORE Photographic Mosaics from Umbria, Tuscany and Le Marche by DOBREE ADAMS at Crafts Gallery

crafts gallery
Photographic Mosaics from Umbria, Tuscany and Le Marche
September 22 – October 27, 2017
Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile, 572 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Curated by Richard S. Levine, Architect
Friday, September 22, 2017   5 – 9 p.m.
Gallery Talk with the artist and curator at 6:30pm  
Friday, October 6, 2017   6 – 10 p.m.
Live music by Tall, Dark and Handsome
(Karen Jones, fiddle, Bev Futrell, guitar, and George Neal on the mandolin)


During my wanderings in sixteen towns in Umbria, Tuscany, and Le Marche, most of them hill towns, in October of 2016, I captured strong yet intimate images, often weirdly dissimilar:  gargoyles, fragments of stone work and frescos, colors, light patterns, and landscape jewels.
            These photographic mosaics are my way of making sense of and giving form to images captured in brief encounters with these ancient towns.
            The images in each mosaic, although from a single geographical location, may be from different places, different times, different materials, and even different things at different scales.
            The energy or movement perceived in the mosaics works like the optical mixing of colors so important in impressionistic painting. Your eye is trying to make sense of the relationship between the images, perhaps trying to deal with that weirdness, looking for perspective or squareness, perhaps trying to argue whether a line is straight or crooked.
            To create these collaborations of images, I am exploring the energies within and the synergies between photographs that reflect the inner life of these unique Italian towns, each with a distinct personality. It is important to me that the end product, the mosaic, forms a communication or conversation about a sense of that place.
            The photographic mosaics are created in Photoshop from two to four images that were captured in digital format. With this process I have been exploring layers of embedment, even creating my own language of embedment.
            The challenge and delight is in finding how best the images selected for a mosaic communicate with each other to form a cohesive whole. The gestalt of the photographic mosaic makes for an implicit understanding of a specific place, in this case a unique location in central Italy.
– Dobree Adams
ITALIA CON AMORE is the third Louisville Photo Biennial solo exhibition for Dobree Adams at CRAFT(S) Gallery & Mercantile and the premiere showing of this new body of work.
Karen Welch and David McGuire invite you to see this exciting exhibition and our collection of Dobree’s handwoven tapestries, her new felted landscapes, and her handmade artist’s books.

Richard S. Levine has studied and lived and worked in Italian hill towns.


He currently designs net zero energy homes in Kentucky and sustainable cities around the world.
Karen Welch and David McGuire feature fine artisan craft by artists from Kentucky and around the globe in their contemporary and traditional art gallery. Located at the corner of South Fourth and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville, CRAFT(S) Gallery & Mercantile doubled its space in 2016 in the historic Guthrie-Coke building. In this re-emerging and dynamic neighborhood of South Fourth Street, CRAFT(s) is just a short block away from the renowned Brown and Seelbach Hotels and the new Hilton Garden Hotel across the street.

Hot news on First Friday: