Archive for September, 2019

Thistle & Isles – © Jeremy Barnard

Sweethaven Gallery

October 2 – October 27

Opening reception: October 5, 4–7pm

25L Inn Street – downtown Newburyport

By the fountain down the stairs

Light refreshments will be served

When I was young, I was interested, to the point of obsession, in all things Zen. Much to the chagrin of my parents, a large portion of my time reading was spent devouring books about Zen instead of the “classics”, on which they wished I would focus. My youthful preoccupation with Zen stayed with me, and continues to inform my passion for photography. I seem to exhibit an almost subconscious tendency to create images that ask more questions than they answer. This collection of photographs, which I am calling “Moments of Zen”, contains images that clearly demonstrate Zen’s enduring influence upon my life. Jeremy Barnard

Jeremy Barnard has been primarily a practitioner of black and white photography for the past forty plus years. He is self-taught, his craft having been molded and influenced by the photography and writings of some of the great masters. “My love affair with photography began when I developed my first roll of film and created my first print. I fell in love with the process, the magic.” His passionate pursuit of technical excellence has kept Jeremy involved in every step of the photographic process. He retains control even into the presentation stage by doing his own post processing, mounting, matting, and framing.

More than twenty-five years ago the computer made its appearance in Jeremy’s work environment. In the beginning he viewed it as an overly complex typewriter. As it began to insert itself into the world of photography it was easy to be skeptical about its photographic future, since the early results of digital imaging were disappointing. Things, as we now know, have changed radically in the digital world of photography. Output quality has surpassed that of film. At this point it has been over thirty years since Jeremy has shot a roll of film, and he’s not looking back.

Mr. Barnard’s approach to his work can best be described as an ongoing process of self-discovery. His photographs walk a fine line between abstraction and realism. “My process of observation begins with a wide view of my subject, seeing it in its environmental context. With the knowledge that my image will lack impact if I don’t get close enough, I ask myself what it is about the scene that captivates me, and I move in to isolate that element.” The resultant images possess the abstract qualities of shape and form. Jeremy prefers natural to artificial light, but has, over the years, learned to be comfortable in the studio. In his artistic work he prefers to make images that do not contain people. However, his images frequently contain evidence that people have been there, adding an element of mystery. “I like to make pictures that ask more questions than they answer.”

Artist/writer David Raymond wrote in Art New England that Barnard’s photographs “not only convey a sense of place, but a sense of time transcending place, his work is poetic in unexpected ways.”

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

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

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


Exploring the question(s) of what social responsibility a photographer has, using three examples: Jerry Uelsmann, Robert Frank, and W. Eugene Smith.

Northshore Photography Lecture Series

co-sponsored by

Sweethaven Gallery


Firehouse Center for the Arts

A. D. Coleman has published 8 books and more than 2500 essays on photography and related subjects. Formerly a columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Times, and the New York Observer, Coleman has contributed to such periodicals as ARTnews, Art On Paper, and Technology Review. His syndicated essays on mass media, new communication technologies, art, and photography have been featured in such periodicals as Juliet Art Magazine(Italy), European Photography (Germany), and Art Today (China). His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 countries.

Since 1995, Coleman has served as Publisher and Executive Director of The Nearby Café, a multi-subject electronic magazine where his widely read blog on photography, “Photocritic International,” appears. He also founded and directs the Photography Criticism CyberArchive, the most extensive online database ever created of writing about photography by authors past and present. With John Alley, he co-directs The New Eyes Project, an online resource for everyone teaching photography to young people.

Coleman — who lectures, teaches and publishes widely both here and abroad — has appeared on NPR, PBS, CBS and the BBC. A Getty Museum Guest Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hasselblad Foundation, he was honored in 1996 as the Ansel and Virginia Adams Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Creative Photography.

American Photo named Coleman one of “the 100 most important people in photography in 1998.” In 2002 he received the Culture Prize of the German Photographic Society — the first critic of photography ever so honored. In 2010 he received the J. Dudley Johnston Award for “lifetime achievement in writing about photography,” from the Royal Photographic Society (UK). In 2014 he received the Insight Award from the Society for Photographic Education. In 2015 he received the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Award for Research About Journalism, as well as The Photo Review Award for Outstanding Contributions to Photography.

Coleman’s first major curatorial effort, Saga: the Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, made its debut in both book and exhibition form in September 2005 and now tours internationally. A second museum-scale curatorial project, China: Insights, premiered in spring 2008 and continues to tour the U.S. He also curates smaller exhibitions for such venues as See+ Art Space/Gallery in Beijing and the Dali International Photography Exhibition in Dali, China. Since 2005, exhibitions that Coleman has curated have opened at museums and galleries in Canada, China, Finland, Italy, Rumania, Slovakia, and the U.S.

In 2018 Coleman celebrated 50 years of continuous production as working critic, historian, and theorist.


There will be a raffle at the end of the lecture for:

poetic license / poetic justice.

by Allan Douglass Coleman


A multifaceted set of lively writings by two poet-intellectuals about the veracity of an avant-garde essay by a third, regarding realities within a publishing house run by the parents of one of them, this author.

Coleman’s family founded a leftist press. He and David Antin worked there. Antin wrote about it. Coleman took issue and created poetic license / poetic justice. Charles Bernstein commented.

And Coleman, with deepest reverence, presents us with his obituaries of both parents, too.


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