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Sarah Grote is a lifestyle and nature photographer specializing in projects, equine, and event photography. She has also developed a passion for painting, primarily with acrylics but also watercolors. After 20 years in corporate and nonprofit companies in various operational, development, and managerial roles, she decided to follow her artistic dreams and visions based on her Mom’s inspirational quote, “celebrate everything”. Since 2014, Sarah has been the photographer for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and the Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue (CDHR) where she also serves on the Board of Directors. Her photos and paintings have been featured in CDHR’s juried art shows “Save a Horse - Buy Art! In August 2016, she won Best Photo for “Spencer & Oliver”. Her first Friday Exhibition, a solo show, called “Flora, Fauna, and Phases” was featured in Boston for three months. Her photo of Moose, the Clydesdale horse, appeared on the cover of the Connecticut Horse Magazine. In 2018, her photos were selected for three juried shows at the Mystic Museum of Art, the Essex Art Association Gallery, and The Voice of Art Gallery.
I strive to create images that include an artistic element and have an aesthetic appeal that transcends their role as natural history documentation. I am motivated by a love of nature, a fascination with wildlife, and the never-ending challenge of finding that perfect combination of good light, cooperative subject, attractive setting, and beautiful background that allows me to create an artistically pleasing image. My passion for photography is rivaled only by my passion for teaching photography. I enjoy teaching at all levels, whether it is helping beginners get acquainted with the world of digital photography or helping more experienced photographers take their images to the next level.
Contemporary Photography from the 1970's to the present
Robert Calafiore was born in New Britain, Connecticut to Italian immigrants. His first-generation American experience continues to significantly influence his work. Cultural traditions and visual icons of his past merge with a critical interest on the impact of new technologies on current culture, particularly social media, gaming, augmented realities, and communication platforms. The unprecedented speed at which new technologies change, and reflection on personal experiences, serve to develop a focused exploration and conceptual base for his work.
Mr. Calafiore's website link is in his name (above). You can see his faculty page here.