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Larry A Brechner

 
Name: Larry A Brechner
Photo - Larry A Brechner
Location: Highland
United States 46322
Contact: http://www.brech.com/np

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Additional Info: LARRY A BRECHNER Fine Art Photographic Artist
Working as a theatrical lighting designer and stage director for over forty years, Larry's photography has been largely avocational; mostly used in his own design portfolio, and for promotional and production pictures. His work with stage lighting gives him a greater understanding and a unique vision for his artistic photography. He has been active as a fine art photographer for over thirty years.

His artistic photography work is mostly in landscapes, scenic, nature, still life, buildings, nautical themes, plus includes abstract figure studies and aerial work. Larry's work is exhibited in galleries throughout Northwest Indiana, Suburban Chicago, and Southwest Michigan, plus appears in several private collections, and appeared in several regional calendars.
Larry completed his Doctor of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies in 2007, and received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Purdue University Calumet in Radio/TV/Theater Production and Management. He works as the Auditorium Director for the School Town of Munster's (Indiana) 1000 seat theater plus Producer/Director of the Munster Theatre Company. Prior to that was the Theatre Administrator/Production Manager for The Center for Visual & Performing Arts professional theater operation Theatre at The Center, also serving as resident lighting designer. He has worked as an adjunct professor at Calumet College.

Larry previously worked as Auditorium/Theater Director for Highland's Monbeck Auditorium for 13 years. He has been active as an on-air pledge host for Lakeshore Public Television/Radio, plus on the board of directors for Lakeshore Public Media, Leadership Northwest Indiana, plus is a web site designer. He is a 1997 recipient of the Purdue University Calumet Distinguished Corporate/Community Service Award, the 2010 ALumni Leadership Award, and the 1999 Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership. Larry is a voting member for the recording industry's Grammy Awards.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Creative photography is more than making a simple visual recording, it involves the innovative artistry and vision of a photographer, who manipulates the given visual elements in order to both preserve and represent the subject while creating New Perspectives. I view my artistic photography as more than merely making a visual recording of existing subjects, but to capture both obvious and subtle visions of the subject. A photograph actually freezes a moment in time, forever preserving an image of people, places, things, or events, which then can be revisited again and again, thus creating an existence of its very own. A creative image is both the product of the subject and the artist, whose discriminating perception seeks to evoke those more intangible and profound impressions of intimacy and mood. The viewer completes this triad (subject, artist, and viewer) by hopefully realizing a successful artistic communication.

STYLE
In both my color and monochromatic photography, understanding light is the key to any successful image. While color photography currently has less artistic acceptance, it forms a major portion of my scenic and nature work. Color is an important compositional element, tied more directly to mood than any other visual element. Modern photography can create a full palate and range of natural colors, and manipulating this natural color to enhance or intensify the mood represents an important stylistic portion of my work. When I choose monochrome over color, it is to heighten the focus on shape, form, texture, pattern, and tonality, by removing color as a visual element. By its inherent nature, a black & white image evokes a different and more ethereal emotional response to the subject.

The postcard style images are consciously part of my scenic visual style. Compressing the visual elements in order to achieve a flattened perspective of the subject is a strong characteristic of my scenic images. Isolating a subject from the background in order to reveal and capture details, which may be otherwise overlooked by a casual observer, is an important style element of my photography. Especially used in my close-up macro work, I like to focus attention on the minute details of the subject.
An artist's style should not be static, but consistently open to alternate visions.
- Larry A Brechner
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NEWS / RECENT EXHIBITS / PROJECTS / PUBLICATIONS

STUDIO 659 "Animal Instincts" Exhibit - Aug 1-31, 2014 Whiting, Indiana

WHITE RIPPLE GALLERY - Mezzanine Exhibit featuring Larry A Brechner - June 30-July 26, 2014 - Hammond, Indiana

Indianapolis Airport Authority / Nature Conservancy of Indiana
Indiana Nature Exhibit - May 5 - August 7, 2014 2014

Visit Indiana Tourism Campaign featuring "Bridgeton Bridge & Mill" part of the brochure, flyers, web, and billboard campaign

119th Street Artists / Illiana Artists / South Lake Artist Co-Op Cornerstone Gallery's Triad Show - Mar 1-31, 2014

STUDIO 659 "Portraits Exhibit" - Mar 7-29, 2014 Whiting, Indiana

BOX FACTORY FOR THE ARTS - "Shoot Exhibit" - Jan 17 -Mar 1, 2014 St Joseph, Michigan

119th STREET ARTISTS - 57th Oliver Brown Exhibit - Nov 16, 2013 - Jan 10, 2014 - Cornerstone Gallery - Whiting, Indiana

BLACK & WHITE JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION - Nov 10 - Dec 13, 2013 The Chesterton Art Center - Chesterton, Indiana

SOUTH LAKE ARTIST'S CO-OP 4th Anniversary Exhibit Paul Henry's Gallery - Hammond, Indiana - Nov 9, 2013 - Jan 18, 2014

STUDIO 659 Artistic License - 2nd Juried Exhibit - Nov 8 - 30, 2013 Whiting,

Indiana LAKESHORE PUBLIC MEDIA HOLIDAY GIFT AUCTION - Nov 17-20, 2013

THE HOBART ARTS LEAGUE 8th Juried Exhibit - Oct 1-31, 2013

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority photography exhibit, "Reflections" - Aug 15 Sep 30, 2013 - Hammond, Indiana

MILLER'S SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY EXHIBIT - July 1-31, 2013

ILLIANA ARTISTS MEMBER EXHIBIT - June 1-29, 2013

Hobart Arts League Hobart Arts League "CAPTURED IN TIME" PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT - May 2013

THE HOBART ARTS LEAGUE 6th ANNUAL JURIED SHOW - Oct 1-30, 2012 The Hobart Arts League - 3850 Howard St, Hobart, Indiana 46342

18 ARTISTS MEMBER SHOW "The Heat Is On" - July-August 2012

The Hobart Arts League - 3850 Howard St, Hobart, Indiana 46342
ILLIANA ARTISTS MEMBER EXHIBIT - 1-29, 2013

HOBART ARTS LEAGUE
CAPTURED IN TIME PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT - May 2013

THE HOBART ARTS LEAGUE 6th ANNUAL JURIED SHOW - October 2012

18 ARTISTS MEMBER SHOW "The Heat Is On" - July-August 2012

THE HOBART ARTS LEAGUE MEMBER SHOW - Apr 1-30, 2012
The Hobart Arts League - 3850 Howard St, Hobart, Indiana 46342

ILLIANA ARTISTS EXHIBITION - Mar 4 - Mar 26, 2012
The Hobart Arts League - 3850 Howard St, Hobart, Indiana 46342

Chesterton Art Center - BLACK & WHITE JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION - Nov 13 - Dec 13, 2011
The Chesterton Art Center - 115 South 4th Street, Chesterton, Indiana 46304

ILLIANA ARTISTS 13th ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION - Aug 27 - Sep 26, 2011
The Chesterton Art Center - 115 South 4th Street, Chesterton, Indiana 46304

Illiana Artists 3rd Annual Member Exhibition - Apr 1 - May 6, 2011
W. F. Wellman Exhibit Hall - Indiana Welcome Center (South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority)

Munster, Indiana - A Centennial History
by Lance Trusty with photo compilation by Ken Schoon
December 2006
A coffee table book featuring several images of from theatrical/lighting portfolio.
ERRATA: Page 19 caption incorrectly credits Dr Tim Bartlett as the director of the 2000 Munster Theatre Company production of Fiddler on the Roof. Larry A Brechner was the Producer/Director (and Lighting Designer) while Tim Bartlett was the conductor/music director on that production.

On Stage - Off Stage
An Exhibit of the work of Larry A Brechner
Calumet College - February 2003
On Stage - Off Stage features a collection of works from the New Perspectives gallery. The exhibit will feature pieces from the theatrical lighting/directing portfolio as well as many of the fine art offerings. Calumet College of St Joseph's Gallery is located in Whiting, Indiana and will run through March 15.
Faculty and Staff Exhibit
at Calumet College - February 2002

Lost Memories and Scarecrow will be on exhibit from February 15 - March 15, 2002 at Calumet College of St Joseph's Gallery (Whiting, Indiana). Opening reception is Tuesday, February 19 from 5-7pm at the Gallery.

A tentative solo exhibit is being planned for January or February 2003 featuring a collection of work from the New Perspectives gallery.
Oregionality - a coffee table book published by The Times (Northwest Indiana) complied from the works of photographers throughout the area - Winter 2000/2001

Chicago's Neighboring South Shore : The LAKE COUNTY INDIANA - a coffee table book by Archibald McKinlay containing several theater and outdoor images from the artist's portfolio. 2001 The Donning Company Publishers (for The Lake County Convention & Visitors Bureau)
One Gypsy's Trek through Regional Theatre - a 30 piece exhibit from the artist's lighting design and directing portfolio, plus examples of his fine art work
Atrium Gallery - October 1997
Border's Bookstore Gallery (Highland, Indiana) - Jan 1998

WYIN-TV PBS 56 Fine Arts Auction
WYIN-TV Channel 56 first televised Fine Art and Furniture Auction on September 14-15 at 7pm with Gallery Viewing at the Lake County (Indiana) Convention and Visitors Bureau September 9-13
NORTHERN INDIANA ARTS ASSOCIATION
The Center for Visual & Performing Arts
57th Annual Salon Show - Bachman Gallery - Sept-Nov 2000
Black, White, and Shades of Grey - Bachman Gallery - March-April 1999
55th Annual Salon Show - Bachman Gallery - Sept-Nov 1998
54th Annual Salon Show - Bachman Gallery - Oct 1997
53rd Annual Salon Show - Bachman Gallery -Oct 1996
Artists Exhibit - Bachman Gallery - September 1996
Rental/Sales Gallery Apr-Nov 1999, Apr-Jun 1998, Feb 1998, Jul-Oct 1997
ILLIANA ARTISTS
5th Juried Exhibit - Chesterton Art Gallery - Jan-Mar 2000
4th Juried Exhibit - Atrium Gallery -The Center for Visual & Performing Arts - Jan 1999
Under One Hundred - Courtney Frame/Gallery - Nov-Dec 1998
Flower Power - Courtney Frame/Gallery - Oct 1998
Spring Fling- Atrium Gallery -The Center for Visual & Performing Arts - May 1998
3rd Juried Exhibit - Atrium Gallery -The Center for Visual & Performing Arts - Jan 1998
2nd Juried Exhibit - Atrium Gallery -The Center for Visual & Performing Arts - Jan 1997
1st Juried Exhibit - Atrium Gallery -The Center for Visual & Performing Arts - Jan 1996
Under All is the Land - Atrium Gallery -The Center for Visual & Performing Arts - 1996

CALUMET COLLEGE OF ST JOSEPH Gallery- Whiting, Indiana
Faculty & Staff Exhibit - Gallery - Feb-Mar 2001

VOGT Visual Arts Center - Tinley Park, Illinois
Small Works Show - Nov-Dec 1998
Invitational Exhibit 97 - Aug 1997
1st Juried Exhibit - May 1997
Black & White - Jan 1997

Christopher Art Gallery - Prairie State College, Illinois
Distilled Life - Oct-Nov 1997

Lake County Parks Department
1997-98 Calendar - two photos part of cover composite and monthly photo
Fees: $ 100.00 Dollars Per Hour
Usually for portrait/headshots, this will be made into a fixed session fee.
Other assignments usually a flat session rate.
Fine Art Photography from my Gallery are priced depending on size, mat/frame style etc.
Specialisms: Animals, Artistic Photography, Black and White, Commercial Photography, Editorial, Events / Functions, Landscape, Nature and Wildlife, Photo Restoration, Portrait Photography, Public Relations / Corporate, Stock, Studio
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