STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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“Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” at the James A. Michener Art Museum looks to be a spectacle of galactic proportions.
“It’s a first-of-its-kind exhibition to treat this type of (photography) as an art genre, and not as someone’s back yard hobby,” said Antionette Maciolek, the museum’s marketing production manager, adding that it has much to do with advances in photographic processing and technology.
For example, no longer do astrophotographers have to risk frostbite, West Nile virus-carrying mosquitos or falling asleep during a rare cosmic event. And the clarity that now comes through the camera lens illustrates “an array of colors, beauty and mystique of the stars and planets that would not otherwise be visible to the naked eye,” said Michener Art Museum director and CEO Lisa Tremper Hanover in a press release.
On loan from the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine, it will be on view in Doylestown through Feb. 8. In a press release, Anthony Shostak, Curator of Education at the Bates College Museum of Art, said: “The images in ‘Starstruck’ are nothing less than overwhelming — depicting humbling, glorious delights that are often invisible to both the naked eye and even the telescope, and are revealed only through photographic means.”
“Starstruck” — which was juried by an editor from “Sky & Telescope” magazine, a curator from the J. Paul Getty Museum, and someone connected to NASA — features images by 34 artists from around the world, and features a variety of landscapes, oceans, galaxies, moons and cavernous sky objects.
To make the most of your visit, there are related educational programs at the Michener Museum, including “Hubble Roadshow,” with a film screening of “Saving Hubble,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, and a screening of the film “City Dark” at 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
IF YOU GO
What: “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography”
When: Through Feb. 8.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Where: The Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown.
Admission: $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18.
Info.: Visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800.