Portraits in Writing

The Hale Street Gang: Portraits in Writing made its debut at the Vermont Folklife Center in September 2010. Since then, the touring exhibit has been shown at the Vermont State House, the Chandler Gallery in Randolph, and the AVA Art Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. It has been featured in Image magazine, 7 Days, the Valley News, the Times-Argus, and the Montpelier Bridge. Portraits in Writing celebrates the creativity of a spirited group of 80- and 90-year-old memoirists who have been meeting every week at a local senior center since the fall of 2008. Braintree photographer Jack Rowell’s 24 larger-than-life black-and-white portraits are the focal point of the exhibit, with sound recorded by the Vermont Folklife Center. The twelve 5-min audio recordings of the writers reading from their work are delivered via MP3 player or cell phone.

Inquiries should be directed to project leader Sara Tucker: saratucker@aol.com.

At the Chandler Gallery.

Vermont Folklife Center director Brent Bjorkman and Sara Tucker.

Ruth Demarest Godfrey and a fan at the Vermont State House.

Sandy Waldo and Andrea Easton hang the Chandler show.

The Chandler opening in Randolph.

Cookie Campbell signs a book at the Chandler Gallery.

D'Ann Calhoun Fago at the Chandler Gallery.

Idora Tucker at the Chandler reception.

At the Chandler Gallery, February 28, 2010.

D'Ann Fago (right) at the Chandler Gallery.

At the Chandler Gallery.

Listening to an audio recording by the Vermont Folklife Center.

Fans at the Chandler reception.

Photographer Jack Rowell (left) and Randolph artist Phil Godenschwager.