The opening of the latest Art in the Storefront exhibition at 41 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, begins on Jan. 15.
The photographic exhibit, which is part of Denney Electric Supply store, is entitled “Gently Focused Glimpses,” and is the work of Kathy Disque, formerly of Upper Dublin, now residing in Ambler.
An outdoor reception is planned for opening night, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The glimpses offered in the display are intended to highlight the unassuming beauty and countless wonders of the world right around us. All the photos were taken in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, in all four seasons.
Ambler offers an abundance of eye-catching glimpses. The artist’s other favorite place is Cape May, NJ. Of course, photos of grandchildren, family and friends fill photo albums and her computer hard drive. “Photographing scenes or objects that draw my attention pleases me, it’s as simple as that,” Disque said. “The marvels in everyday life are precious to me. I carry a camera in my car at all times, and now, of course, my iPhone. If I spot something that I want to capture, I’ll pull over, turn around, retrace my steps or whatever I need to do to take the photo.
Shadows interest me, as does the way that light plays with objects,” Disque said. “The facets of the afterglow of sunset intrigue me like a promise of tomorrow. A single lonely flower or out-of-place piece of greenery gives me pause. Shifting sand and the compelling desire to play in it never fails to arouse curiosity.”
Disque was encouraged to enter her artwork for display by friends, to whom she has given note cards with her photography featured on them. “I made lots and lots of note cards because it’s a productive and useful outlet for my photos. We certainly ran out of room in our home for more pictures!”
Photographs in the show have not had extensive treatments, Disque said, but are displayed frugally with the hope that if somebody finds that a piece has meaning to them, they will be able to own it. She believes that if a picture brings up a story that touches someone, it’s worth viewing regularly.
“My love of photography is inborn,” Disque said. Her parents owned a group of weekly newspapers, hence the regular need for photos. There was a dark room in their family home. One of her brothers was a photographer for AP Services and later National Geographic. At one time, Disque worked as a stringer for a local newspaper and submitted photos to appear with feature stories she wrote.
Disque currently operates her own PR/marketing business, Capital Communications, which requires photos for newspapers, newsletters and online forums.
One photo in the exhibit, entitled “End of the Day,” received an award in a juried art show held for employees at McNeil Consumer Healthcare, where she worked from 2001 to 2008. A photo of her granddaughter, playing basketball in her First Holy Communion dress, was published in The “Inquirer” Neighbors, as a result of a photo competition. Another of the same grandchild attempting to drink from a water fountain was printed in a Suburban Water Company newsletter and captioned: “Our water is so good, you won’t want to miss a drop.” The Cape May newspapers have also published various submissions, such as a row of bird watchers, all with binoculars, covering their faces and skimmers in flight.
Art in the Storefront began in 1999 through the efforts of co-curators Karen Kieser and Mark Elliott, whose vision led to regularly featuring artists in Montgomery County. The pair have maintained the tradition for the sole purpose of supporting the arts by bringing local talent to Ambler. For additional information about the show, contact Elliott at No Bare Walls in Ambler at (215) 654-9106.