Lobdell photos featured in Plattsburgh library exhibit

PLATTSBURGH – “Pull Over,” an exhibition featuring photography by Barry Lobdell and poetry by Michael Tucker, is now on display in the Hale-Walter Gallery at the Plattsburgh Public Library, located at 19 Oak St. in Plattsburgh.

The exhibit is part of the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts’ “Off-Site” gallery program. The public is invited to attend an artists’ reception on July 18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The exhibit features photographs and poems framed together.

A statement about the show says: “Pull Over” is a joint project, conceived and developed by Michael Tucker and Barry Lobdell. The words and images have been assembled from hundreds of possible combinations, with the objective of finding the synergy inherent in each combination to form a compatible and meaningful statement. On their own, each poem and photograph expresses an idea or set of ideas which the artist interpreted in his own way. Exhibited together, the pieces suggest additional ideas which are generated by their convergence.

Lobdell is a photographer who lives in Saranac Lake. He is a member of the Adirondack Artists Guild, where his photographs are regularly on display in the Guild’s gallery and on their website, www.adirondackartistsguild.com. He also has a personal website, www.barrylobdell.com.

He has won many awards for his work in competitions throughout the North Country and has also exhibited widely in the eastern United States.

Michael Tucker is the director of education at The Charlton School, a Residential Treatment Center for adolescent girls near Saratoga Springs.

His career has solely focused on human differences. Other influences are being the abandoned child of an American GI, two years in the Peace Corps in equatorial Africa, resistance to the war in Viet Nam and studying evolution under Stephen J. Gould at Columbia University.

“I had no use for poetry until I discovered I could fold big thoughts into small packages, like origami,” Tucker said.

This is the first public showing of Tucker’s poetry.