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Lynn Karlin

Lynn Karlin | Photography:

Featured in Attention to Detail, June 13 – July 14, 2014

Reception Friday June 20, 5:30-8pm during Maine Fare
Gallery also open during Belfast’s Final Fridays Art Walk, June 27, 5:30-8pm.

From our June 2014 press release:

A Modern Photographer’s Eye meets a Dutch Master’s Sensibility

Belfast. This summer, Belfast fine art photographer Lynn Karlin returns to Maine Farmland Trust Gallery for her second solo show at this location: Attention to Detail. In 2009, MFT Gallery was in fact the first venue to showcase Lynn Karlin’s photography as fine art. Anna Abaldo, the gallery’s curator, remembers Karlin’s slightly apologetic comments when dropping off two small framed prints for the fall Harvest show. “Until then, my photography had only been published in books and magazines,” says Karlin. “I had never thought of framing my work and putting it on a wall.”

Karlin has no reason to apologize for elevating her work to the wall – and since 2009, she went on to prove it. An internationally published photographer originally from New York City, she could already cite House Beautiful, Country Living, The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine as her primary clients. Once the hurdle of framing her first two prints was taken, she didn’t stop. That year began the now famous Pedestal Series, honoring the beauty of the vegetable. MFT Gallery exhibited Karlin’s first Pedestal Series in 2012. As she continued to expand this body of work, it has since traveled to Napa Valley in California, the James Beard House Gallery in New York, and other galleries around the country; it was reviewed in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, London’s Sunday Telegraph and several Swiss magazines as well.

Now in her sixth year of photographing vegetables on pedestals, Karlin has not yet come close to being bored with her subject. “Nature keeps surprising me,” she says. “I’m always excited about discovering another beautiful vegetable. It’s like going to a flea market and looking for that one great find.” Like many artists, Karlin is finding that within the limitation of a particular theme, one can deepen into endless explorations. The last two years, the selection of her edible subjects broadened to include mushrooms, and then cheeses. “I am experimenting with different backgrounds now. While I like shooting against black velvet, I am also playing around with distressed surfaces, such as galvanized metal or old wood with lovely patinas.”

Recently, Karlin’s work started taking her in a direction that is reminiscent of the old Dutch Masters – both in lighting, and in composition. MFT Gallery will be showing a particularly exquisite piece which is a classic still life of fruits and vegetables, printed on an impressive scale. “I also like the modern look: one simple vegetable, close-up, looking for the perfect lines or form,” she commented. “Right now I am somewhat torn between the two styles.”

None of this tension is visible in Karlin’s refined prints, which exude a quality of timelessness, grace, and – well – royalty. Attention to Detail, which is on display at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from June 13 through July 14, 2014 will be highlighting some of Karlin’s most recent works, many of which have not been previously exhibited. There will be a reception open to the public on Friday June 20, from 5:30-8pm, during the Trust’s annual Maine Fare celebration. The gallery will also be open for Belfast’s Final Fridays Art Walk on June 27, from 5:30-8pm.


Lynn Karlin graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1970. An award winning photographer, her clients, past to present, include: New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, House Beautiful, Country Living, Gardens Illustrated, Coastal Living, Mother Earth News, Country Living Gardener, Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Country Home, La Vie Claire, Country Gardens, Cottage Living, Garden Design, National Geographic Traveler, This Old House and Design New England.

Limited and open edition fine art prints are available in various sizes, framed and unframed. The photographs are all vertical format and are cropped as shown here. Upon request, copy of the original can be provided. All prints and framing are done to the highest standards using archival papers and material.

Interested in viewing and/or purchasing work by this artist?
> Please contact Anna Abaldo, Gallery Coordinator at 207 338 6575 or via e-mail at anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org


Please contact our Gallery Curator:
Anna Witholt Abaldo at (207) 338-6575 or anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org
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