Archive for August, 2018



If you’re a traveler, you probably know the feeling. Over the second glass of wine at the bistro or trattoria, between the appetizer and main course, you turn to your partner and wonder aloud, “Wouldn’t it be fun to live here?” During their many foreign adventures, Boston photographer Michael Malyszko and his partner, Judith Hughes, asked each other that question repeatedly, replying “Yes” too many times to count. Slowly their notion of living overseas became a dream, then a goal, then a plan, and finally a reality. So they rented out their studio, packed up the family (their 9 year old daughter and two lab mixes) and moved to Paris for the year.  

It was a year of wonder and wine, museums and movies, and above all, photography. Virtually every day Michael would venture out and explore the neighborhoods, famous and not, of their new home town. Cafes, parks, metro stations, museums, voting booths, boutiques, firemen’s balls, all were subjects for his camera. Working out of an improvised “dry” darkroom set up in their bedroom, he would make work prints and tape them up all over their apartment. They were surrounded with images. The drearier winter and spring months were spent this way, but then as the days grew longer, the weather milder, and their time left in Paris shorter, it was time for Betty and Rita to take center stage…

Michael Malyszko

Michael Malyszko is a Boston-based photographer who normally earns his living photographing two-legged creatures. His photos have appeared in The NY Times, Esquire, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Forbes, among others. He has been published in more than 60 countries and has won many international awards, including Communication Arts, PhotoGraphis, American Photo, the Andys, The One Show, the Hatch Awards, and ASMP’s 10,000 Eyes. His work is in the permanent collection of the International Center for Photography, the Print Department of the Boston Public Library, as well as in many private collections.

Along with his wife and producer-partner, Judith Hughes, he is the co-author (the photographer half) of Betty and Rita Go to Paris, Chronicle Books, 1997, and the Roman sequel, Betty and Rita la Dolce Vita, Chronicle Books, 2001. Both were translated into German, Japanese and Mandarin. Their most recent book, Tammy Does Boston, came out in 2010. He and Judith currently cater to two rescue dogs, Tess, a 7 year old hound/collie mix, and Tina, a 6 year old border collie mix. Neither of them has ever gone to Paris.

North Shore Photography Lecture Series

co-sponsored by

Sweethaven Gallery


Firehouse Center for the Arts

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

(Click here for tickets)


There will be a raffle at the end of the lecture for the Japanese version (it’s in English too) of

Betty & Rita go to Paris.


1 ticket for $1

5 tickets for $4

10 tickets for $8 



Adirondacks from Addison, VT – © Greg Nikas

Come celebrate the third Newburyport ArtWalk August 18, at Sweethaven Gallery, 25L Inn St.


B&W and color flower and still life photographs by Ezra Sesto.
B&W landscape photographs of Paris by Vincent Lemonnier Ferro.
Contemporary acrylic glass, metal and traditional landscape photographs by Greg Nikas.


Ezra’s parents gave her the gift of seeing light, spaces, and objects differently—with a creative eye. Like a sixth sense, this way of seeing, connecting with the world in a deep creative manor, can’t be taught. It’s in the blood, it’s intuitive, it’s authentic. This small collection of photographs represents how she connects with the world.


Echeveria Plant – © Ezra Sesto


Born in Rio to a French mother and a Portuguese Father, Vincent Lemonnier Ferro moved with his family to Paris at the age of 11 and lived in some of the prettiest areas of Paris for 25 years. His fascination for Photography started around that age with a strong focus on Paris “street photography”, quickly influenced by Cartier-Bresson, Kertesz and Brassaï.

Place Louis Aragon – Paris © Vincent Lemonnier Ferro


Greg has been photographing the world around him since he was a young man growing up in Ipswich, MA. From those early days to the present his work has brought him much recognition in the commercial photography world. Time and time again Greg has returned to the landscape as nourishment for his creative soul. His images are deeply personal and often compared to fine art.

Hellcat Marsh – Plum Island © Greg Nikas


Saturday, August, 18,  1 – 6 p.m. during Newburyport ArtWalk

Light refreshments will be served.

25L Inn Street, Newburyport, MA


By the fountain – down the stairs.

Sweethaven Gallery is dedicated to the art of photography and features landscapes of Newburyport, Plum Island and beyond. We work closely with our clients to insure they find the images they love that fit perfectly in their home.

We participate in ArtWalk weekends, Pop-Up events and special showings throughout the year.

To see a larger selection of our images, please roll your cursor over the ARTIST link in the menu bar above.

If you have any questions about an artist or work featured on this blog, please give us a call at 978-465-7656 and we will be happy to help you in any way we can.