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IntroductionTHE COLORS OF LONGING
Off the south coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, lies Martha’s Vineyard. Every summer the island is a well-frequented holiday destination. Alison Shaw (*1954) has lived permanently on the island since 1975. For years she has observed and contemplated the change of tides and seasons and allows herself to be inspired by the light, wind, and weather for her calm, atmospheric, and intense pictures of the coast. She lets herself be directed by nature and her mood; she pours herself completely therein. Alison Shaw’s photographs are epic, radiate tranquility, and tell of endlessly beating waves and the magic of the island with its opulent atmospheric palette of color. While her quasi-square pictures are intrinsically related to classical landscape painting, her panoramas have the effect – though only a single still image – of motion, as if they were made during for a film, and we almost can hear the underlying, slow, narrative music of a reunion or bidding farewell.BioLives and works on Martha’s Vineyard as a photographer. Teaches photography workshops for the Maine Photographic Workshops and Santa Fe Workshops.AwardsNew England Press Association:
Photographer of the Year, 1993, 1991, 1987, 1981
New England Press Association: Dozens of awards for Spot News, Feature, Personality, General News, Sports and Pictorial photography.
Inclusion in Print Magazine 1995 Design Annual; New England Book Show '94 (1st place, Pictorial Book category)Exhibitions
2005 Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA 2004 Riverwinds Gallery, Beacon, NY LoRiver Arts Gallery, Beacon, NY 2003 Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA 2002- 2005 Alfred Harvard Square Salon, Cambridge, MA 2002- 2003 Gallery Saintonge, Missoula, MT 2001 Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA 2000 William Marten Gallery, Rochester, NY 1999 Sandra Berler Gallery, Chevy Chase, MD 1995 Boylston Hall Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA Chase Gallery, Boston, MA Springfield Museum Gallery, Springfield, MA 1994 Christina Gallery, Edgartown, MA 1993 Roy Gallery, New York, NY 1991 Edison College Gallery, Ft. Myers, FL New England Photographic Workshop Gallery, New Milford, CT 1989 Artscape, Philadelphia, PA Fleury Gallery, Boston, MA Southeastern Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA 1988-2005 Granary Gallery, West Tisbury, MA 1987-1993 Vineyard Vignettes, Edgartown, MA 1987 New England Photographic Workshop Gallery, New Milford, CT 1986 Southeastern Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA 124 Ltd. Art Editions, New York, NY Smith College Alumnae House Gallery, Northampton, MA 1983-1987 Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA 1983 Thayer Academy Gallery, Braintree, MA 1979-2004 Old Sculpin Gallery, Edgartown, MA