Photography exhibit to open at Geneva credit union

GENEVA — Flying Whale Studios in conjunction with Finger Lakes Credit Union presents “Every Specimen Becomes a Relic,” an exhibition of photographs by local artist Kevin Schoonover, beginning Aug. 5 at the Credit Union, 27 Seneca St. The images will be on display in the lobby and upper offices until Oct. 28. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 5. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments, including a wine tasting from Billsboro Winery, will be available.”Every Specimen Becomes a Relic” is composed of over 20 photos offering depictions of rural and urban blight, and some of the natural wonders that surround us but often go unnoticed. Semi-abstract patterns and textures play an important role in Schoonover’s pieces. The interplay of light and shadow on ordinary surfaces combined with muted or jarringly bright colors all help create an original way of seeing the world.”I’ve always loved sad, broken buildings and places,” noted Schoonover. “There’s something wistful and heartbreaking in the decay and ruin that calls to me. At the same time, I’m also drawn to those spontaneous and uninhibited moments of joy that are constantly occurring… if you know where to look. I hope my work reflects this duality and that the audience shares and appreciates this sensibility.”Whether it’s a weather-pounded dune fence receding to the ocean’s edge, or the crumbling brick backside of a downtown Geneva tenement, or the serenity of an endless blue sky hugging the even bluer horizon line of Lake Ontario, Schoonover’s eye is always on the lookout for that which we all look at, but rarely see.A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s graphic design program, Schoonover served as executive director of Wayne County Council for the Arts for five years and the Finger Lakes Regional Arts Council/Smith Opera House, where he had the same title, for nearly 10. He left The Smith last year and started Flying Whale Studios, a professional arts business specializing in the creation of photography and fine art, graphic design, and grant writing and publicity for area non-profit organizations. He lives in Geneva with his wife, Mary. They have two grown children, Zachary and Hannah. This is the first local exhibition of the award-winning photographer’s work.Regular Credit Union hours are Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call FLCU at 315-781-1334 for details. Visit www.FlyingWhaleStudios.com to see examples of Schoonover’s work.

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