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Abstract Portrait Exhibited at Nationally Juried Art Show in Ashland
A painting titled “Easter” by Margaryta Chaplinska won Best of Show. This painting depicts a young girl amongst lilies. Categories ranged from acrylic/oil, drawing, and sculpture to water, digital and mixed media as well as photography.
One of them is an art deco historically inspired portrait titled, “Thing’s Remembered”. It was the only example of portrait photography selected for the show. Other photos competing were landscapes to abstract depictions.
Photographer Chris Hayes and model Elsa Littlepage collaborated on the shot. Ms. Littlepage, the coordinator of the Huntington Art Walk, explained that the concept of the 1920s styled photograph originated from “a vision in my head”.
Wearing a wardrobe “collected over the years”, the headpiece and top were in her words “lucky finds”.
On the photograph being chosen, Ms. Littlepage said, “It was the only photography portrait that was in the show. They are notoriously difficult to get into museum exhibits,” adding portraits must be “head turners” that “hit the right notes”.
Describing the portrait as “abstract”, Littlepage said that Hayes contribution was lighting, composition, editing, title and frame.
Hayes in a Facebook posting said the shoot concept and especially the pose were the ideas of “my beautiful muse”. He added, “I am fortunate to have such an amazing creative partner”.