RUTLAND - The Castleton Downtown Gallery, located back in the
alley on Center Street in Rutland, opened a new show this past
week. The exhibit, Photographing Quarries, shows highly detailed
photos of quarries taken by Don Ross, an accomplished photographer.
The digital photos were taken at quarries in both Vermont and New
York, including West Rutland and Proctor.
Sarah Karczmarczyk, the assistant manager of the gallery, says
that hanging Photographing Quarries was simple enough given the
small space that was provided for the show. Don Ross "has worked
with Castleton before in photography," says Karczmarczyk.
Ross has had exhibits in galleries in many parts of the US and
in Europe. On his website, he states that he has "the pleasure of
collaborating with world-renowned artists, award-winning
restaurants, and businesses." Don Ross photographs scenes in nature
as well as food for restaurants and cafes around the world. More of
his work can be found at donrossphotography.com.
Next door to the photography exhibit is a permanent Castleton
installation of a show by the manager of the gallery, Castleton
faculty member and advisor Bill Ramage. The show, called
"papaNova," exhibits life-size cutouts of college students. The
high-resolution pieces are often mistaken by gallery visitors as
The papaNova exhibit is meant to be both "two-dimensional and
three-dimensional simultaneously," states Bill Ramage in a piece of
literature on the show. "The experience of viewing this piece has a
great deal to do with your own physical presence being in [the
The space, small enough to fit only ten people comfortably,
gives an overwhelming sense of imbalance to visitors as their
perception is challenged.
Both shows are open to the public. The gallery has hosted
several shows so far this year, displaying Castleton State College
student and faculty work alike.
The gallery opened in February of this year with a Castleton
State College faculty show and has had a steady increase in foot
traffic and interest in downtown Rutland.