April 11, 2018 – Barton students from Professor Gerard Lange’s photography classes helped to install exhibitions for the upcoming Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival in Downtown Wilson, on Wednesday, April 11. This is the fourth year that Barton Students have volunteered to help festival organizer and artistic director Jerome De Perlinghi mount large-scale photos, lining storefronts on historic Nash Street.
The festival, also in its fourth year, is bringing together “100 photographs by 100 prominent and emerging photographers from over thrity-five countries” according to the event’s website. The collection of photos is aimed to represent the facets of commonality in everyday life from across the globe.
“We had fun, it was interesting learning about how people from different parts of the world take photos and show similarities between seemingly unalike cultures,” said freshman Debbie Herrera.
“Different countries were represented by the photos taken on their main street, and exhibiting those on Wilson’s main street, really connected those images to our own experience here. The art brings hope here to Wilson, particularly those areas that are disadvantaged,” added Marieli Mercedes Ronan, junior.
Students gained experience in the process of curating and installing public art, learning from internationally renowned photographer, and Wilson resident, De Perlinghi.
The 2018 exhibition will launch on April 21, and run through July 29. This year’s festival will have expanded programing, featuring paneled discussions, lectures, workshops and special exhibitions by local photographers.
For a comprehensive list of events and photography visit www.eyesonmainstreetwilson.com or stop by the Eyes on Main Street gallery at 231 East Nash Street, in Wilson. (Across from Imagination Station)
by Andrew Hall