Friday, March 11, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Twin Views at Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield

Blinking Light Gallery
Twin Views
Exhibit April 1-30; Reception April 3

Twin Views is a photography show featuring work of area youth and their mentors.

The Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield will host a special exhibit April 1-30, celebrating mentoring in our community. Participants in the Twinfield Together Mentoring program will exhibit their own photographic images in a show titled Twin Views. It includes the work of both volunteer mentors and their student "mentees" who are getting an introduction to photography.

Twinfield Union School's community-based mentoring program serves kids in grades 4 through 9 from Marshfield and Plainfield. Twinfield Together Program Director Merrick Grutchfield observed that "mentored students get more than periodic companionship and role modeling from the program. You start to see a look of confidence and competence in a child born of the broader experiences and adult friendship a mentor provides. It's such a great thing." There's another carry-over factor, too. Any child's life can turn dramatically on a single good or bad decision. Merrick can testify that kids who spend positive time with mentors tend to make better decisions.

In addition to the month-long exhibit in April, there will be a special reception for the exhibitors Sunday, April 3 from 3pm to 5 pm. The Blinking Light Gallery is located at 16 Main St. just off Route 2 in the village of Plainfield. Hours: Thursdays from 2 to 6 P.M., and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 6 P.M. 802-454-0141; The cooperatively-run organization promotes the creative work of regional artists, craftspeople, authors and musicians.

Images: Photography protégées Cassie Homes, above, [photo by mentor Deanne Martin], and Elijah Alexander, right, [photo by mentor Rick Levy.]