, Salem, MA


November 7, 2013

2 arts, crafts shows just in time for the holidays


Photographer Ben Staples of Ipswich, who has also participated in the Crane show from the beginning, will be showing landscapes with a unique perspective.

“One of the things I’ve been working on for a long time is stitching images,” Staples said. “For some reason, I seem to see in a wider view, or I’m not satisfied with the view I see through a camera.”

A wide-angle lens could capture this wider perspective, but it would add a fish-eyed distortion to the image, which Staples doesn’t want.

“I traditionally have shot with film, and I still do,” said Staples, whose images often feature the salt marsh and other local settings. “But I scan those images with a scanner into a computer, and work with them in Photoshop.”

Aside from joining series of images into one picture, he limits the manipulation of photos to things he could do in a darkroom, like concentrating extra light onto photographic paper.

“It’s a typical darkroom photography trick to get what I consider to be a pretty realistic and honest representation of what I see,” Staples said.

Most of the works on view will also be on sale, with half of the proceeds going to the Trustees of Reservations, a nonprofit organization that maintains historic properties throughout Massachusetts.

Crafts in Danvers

This weekend will also feature the grand opening of the Danvers Art Association’s Arts-A-Glow Craft Fair.

The show will include original artwork by members, including paintings, photography, mixed media and graphics, but the emphasis will be on crafts, ranging from jewelry, ornaments, candlesticks and pottery to wooden toys for children.

“There will be lots of mittens, sweaters and even dog sweaters, beautiful handmade scarves, table runners and placemats,” said Rebecca Prescott, chairwoman of the fair.

Prescott will display watercolors and photographs but has also created a calendar for men that features photos of antique cars, and a “gent’s valet box, which is a gentleman’s jewelry box. “

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