PHOTOGRAPHIC ART OPENING AND BENEFIT FOR NORMAN “SKIP” LAVALLEY

On June 12, 2011, Café Miranda will be hosting an art opening and benefit for Jason Philbrook and Jacob Post from Noon to 2:00pm. The afternoon will feature the artist’s work, tasty appetizers from Café Miranda, beverages from Central Distributors which will include Due Torre, Chartron La Fleur, Excelsior, Canaletto and live music from Rattlebox.

The artists and Café Miranda will donate fifty percent of their proceeds to benefit Café Miranda’s long time employee Norman “Skip” Lavalley whose life will end sooner than it should due to cancer. Skip is a very humble and giving man who has consistently given back to those around him. Coming from a less than ideal childhood Skip found time, love and dedication to give to two childrend (Keeegan -8 and Kiara -5). Skip and his wife, Melissa stepped in as second parents to assist the children when their mom was in need. Skip still asks nothing for himself – he asks only that these children be given a fun outing to York’s Wild Kingdom. And while these children have to learn the loss of a “parent” early on in their life, Skip wants to share smiles and a lasting memory. Which seems appropriate given that Skip was a professionally trained traveling circus clown.

Jason Philbrook said “We’re business men and neighbors on Oak street and I’m thrilled to see my neighboring business taking care of a former employee essentially like family during a tough time like this. That’s setting a good example for businesspeople and that’s why I upped the contribution and why I’m thrilled to combine the fundraiser with the scheduled exhibit opening event.

We will ask for a $10.00 dollar donation that will include soft drinks and appetizers served from our counter along with cash bar.

About The Artists:

Jason and Jacob are childhood friends who have grown up in fishing families in the nearby town of Owls Head. Their childhood involved much time spent outdoors and their interest in nature gradually began to involve photography of our wooded coast.

Jason now runs Midcoast Internet Solutions just up the street, but has a creative itch to scratch that is fulfilled with a serious passion for photography. He enjoys an eclectic variety of photo interests ranging from historical processes and styles, film & darkroom work, nature, photographing his lovely family, abstracts, people, and sports. He effectively alternates between traditional film & darkroom processes and color digital photography. Jason developed a knack for black and white film prior to the digital revolution and now makes it an intentional medium of choice for some subjects.

Inspired by Eliot Porter’s Maine photography, Jason did the first ever solo photography exhibit at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1995 with an exhibit of color nature photographs. Jason has not exhibited since due to work and family obligations, but has continued to photograph and study photography. Jason uses the Internet to find the old cameras, film, supplies, and advice to do traditional photography using gear that went out of use before he was born.

When not working at Rockbound Computer, Jacob gets away once in a while to immerse in photographing coastal nature closeups and island wildlife and plants. Being away on an island for days at a time, Jacob uses color digital photography’s benefits to the maximum, shooting great quantities and varieties of nature subjects with exacting detail and color. Jacob printed all the color photographs for this show using professional archival pigment inkjet printing equipment built for fine art needs.