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Spring / Summer Edition 2017
Michelle Saffran

Current Shows

SOHO Photo Gallery
National Competition 2017


Anonymity of In-Between  (above 13" x 38" color photograph 2017) from my ongoing Shared Inhabitation series (more images from that project are shown in the New Works section below) will be part of the Soho Photo Gallery National Competition 2017 in New York.

I am honored and thrilled to have been selected by Juror Aline Smithson.  I have long been a fan of Smithson's photography and follower of her blog Lenscratch.  Bruce and I will travel to the City for the opening on July 6 where I will finally meet Smithson.  If your summer travels include a trip to NYC stop by the gallery.

Opening, Tuesday, July 6 from 6 - 8pm
Show runs July 5 - 22, Wednesday through Sunday 1 - 6 pm
15 White Street, NYC
212- 226 - 8571

Studio Place Arts

Mechanix Illustrated     Saffran    2017

The second floor gallery will exhibit artist designed PinBox 3000 cardboard pin ball machines.  The local game inventors, Ben Matchstick and Pete Talbot of the Cardboard Teck Instantute, have a practice of offering their games to artist for embellishment.  My own game is made from scanned and reworked 1960's era technical drawings from a How-To-Do-It Encyclopedia, found tin lids and of course the infamous duct tape!  The pinball machine really works and is tons of fun.  So much fun that it was hard to part with! 

Also opening is ArtWorks!  a group show of kinetic sculptures and small interactive installations on the main floor and Color and Movement, painted assemblages and a light installations by Chris Jeffrey in the third floor gallery.

Opening, Thursday THIS WEEK! June 8, 5:30 - 7:30
Show runs July 6 - 8
Studio Place Arts
201 N. Main Street, Barre
802 - 479 - 7069

Goddard Art Gallery
Social Justice

I will be showing an iteration of the IAA Family Portrait Project in this exhibit curated by Janet Van Fleet.  The opening has not been scheduled yet but I will keep you posted through an email update.  See examples from the project below in the Recent Shows section.

Show runs June 23 - October 9
Email me directly for more specific times and location directions.

Recent Shows

Integrated Arts Academy Family Portrait Project


The Integrated Arts Academy Family Portrait Project was celebrated at concurrent receptions May 23, beginning at the Fletcher Free Library where 40 of the photographs were hung and ending up at Burlington City Hall.  In keeping with the project's mission of celebrating the diversity of our community the entire portrait collection (paired with writing of the children about their families) was spread across the city.  North End business participated as well as the Library and City Hall.  Photos from City Hall below.

Of note, lower left:  Judy Klima, IAA Art Coach and project originator, center me with Intern and Photo Assistant Extraordinaire Eli Thurston, others shown are IAA families.

Links to press about the project and to read examples of the kids writings:

Burlington Free Press
Seven Days

Kids Vermont

Cut and Paste:  Contemporary Collage


My March trip to the NYC opening at Site: Brooklyn was an incredible experience.  Above on the right, I am standing in front of my collage Listening To What Wasn't Said  (2016) with Juror Jared Ash from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The art was amazing and the crowd lively and engaged. 

New Work
Shared Inhabitation

Above (left to right) Failure of the Present; Mutual Dependency of Thought and Experience; and Reclamation Through Absorption each photograph measures 13" x 38" ( Saffran 2017).

Work on the series Shared Inhabition continues.  Last summer's trip to the house I grew up in (and had not been to in three decades) felt simultaneously as a connection and a disconnection.  A conflict that left me in an existential disharmony and fostered a desire to resolve a sense of dislocation in my own life. My family had lived in this house for fifty years and I expected to feel sentimental and nostalgic about being there to say good bye before it was sold.  Yet, I experienced neither of these feelings.  This body of work explores the how the past inhabits our present and is kept alive through assimilation.  Each photograph combines photographs taken of the old house paired with photographs taken in my current home.

To see my other work visit my website here.

Faves, Raves and Rants

Must Do:


The Elemental Experience - Millstone Hill
June 23 - 27
Walk a mile in the dark alongside and through the abandoned rock quarries of Barre in a darkness lite by candle luminaries.  Witness hurling fire trails of molten steel being thrown at walls of wood. This is an incredible and unique event that offers music, performance, food and the bone chilling sounds of the Pyrophone Fire Organ.  A fundraiser for the Barre Granite Museum.  Don't miss this!

Must Read:

Until Nothing More Can Break
Poems by Kate Fetherston
Published:  2012 Antrim House

Montpelier poet, painter and friend Kate Fetherston's writing packs acute heartfelt emotions and clear vision into this brilliant collection of poems.  The vulnerability expressed through her words gives me the courage to stand up straighter and confront my own relationships and past.  See her work here.

Must Know:

Trump's coat of arms is a plagiarized copy used without permission.  I guess this shouldn't be a surprise given the other instances of stealing he and his family are associated with.  Read the full story in this issue of Hyperallergic.

Thanks for reading and for supporting my work!  I will be in touch.

Respectfully Submitted,


Copyright © 2017 Michelle Saffran Photography, All rights reserved.

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