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Chaffee’s February Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s February Artist of the Month

“Art is a response to life,” Mary Crowley said the first time I met her several years ago. A former art teacher for over 30 years, she believes art is our true first language, beginning with the attempts we make when we’re very young –…

Northern Comforts

Northern Comforts

Rutland, VT:  The Chaffee Art Center, Your Center for Creativity, invites the community to our Northern Comforts Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, February 21st from 5pm to 7pm.  Mingle with artists and the community, while enjoying delicious food tastings, punch, wine and live music.  There is no charge…

Thank you!

Thank you!

It is because of the generosity of supporters such as yourself, that our historic, non-profit, community art center has made tremendous progress!  Recently we sent out an Annual Appeal mailing.  Thank you to the many who have donated!  If you have not had a chance…

Chaffee’s January Artist of the Month

Chaffee’s January Artist of the Month

“The first 15 minutes is us getting comfortable,” he said. “If they’re not comfortable they’re not going to have a good portrait. I don’t like having my picture taken so I get it. But once you find that rhythm and get comfortable it just flows.”

His preference is always to shoot outside with natural light and Vermont’s beautiful backgrounds, and he knows the tricks around that, too.

“We didn’t have any sun so I needed to make it,” he said showing one photo as an example. “This has an orange gel so it looks like the sun’s coming through and setting in the background. Creating light that looks natural is really the job.”

“I don’t like to over-Photoshop my images. I want the people to look natural. I don’t want my photos to look fake. But if the groom has a blemish he wants gone that’s fine, it’s a couple clicks and it’s gone,” he said.

I do a lot of senior portraits and family portraits but most of it is probably weddings. That’s what I enjoy.