Hiram College

From icy Lake Erie landscapes, to sunset tinged industrial canyons, “Wandering,” the exhibition of photographs by professor of art Linda Bourassa, is a tour of the moods and discoveries one encounters in moving from place to place.

The exhibition opened Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at the Gelbke Art Gallery on Hiram’s lower campus. There will be a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 27th, with a gallery talk by Bourassa at 6 p.m.

Bourassa said she assembled collection of color and black and white prints, some rendered on fabric as wall hangings, over the last two years from among the photos she has amassed in traveling the region.

“Printing on fine fabric was something I experimented with during my sabbatical,” Bourassa said. “I had to learn about it, travel to use a printer capable of doing it, and consult with others on how to print it and display it.”

Bourassa said the exhibit is the product of trying to hone her skills doing digital composites as well as larger scale printing.

“I think of myself as a creative image maker sometimes, rather than a documentary photographer,” she said. “When you are making composites you are taking two images that are true, and making a third that has a different kind of truth.”

But a series of non-composited photos of industrial sites in Cleveland has a special place in her heart.

“They are an homage to the end of the era of steel production in Cleveland,” she said. “Most of the places are boarded up and its shot late in the day. I used to travel to these places when I was a child with my father who worked as a mechanical engineer and designer for the auto industry as he would visit these small shops to have pieces fabricated.”

The “Wandering” exhibition is open to the public, and will run through Feb. 24 at the Gelbke Art Gallery.  Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.