‘The Unforeseen Wilderness’

Less than two weeks ago I came into the office to find a large box awaiting my arrival. I hastily ripped the tape like a child opening a present, and I found just that.

Since the beginning of 2013, I’ve written three features documenting Janelle Lynch’s artist in residency at Burchfield Penney Art Center of Buffalo. Lynch, a native of Jamestown, is an internationally recognized photographer whose work has captured my attention. And, as a result of my continued coverage, Lynch recently sent me a copy of her newest photography book entitled, “Barcelona.”

According to a press release by the publisher, Radius Books, the 112-page monograph features 50 photographs, a short memoir titled “The Window” and additional introductory texts written by Lynch. The book was recently named a finalist for The Cord Prize 2013, which is an international contemporary art award that features 25 artists and is juried by Charlotte Cotton and Diana Edkins. For more information, visit www.cordprize.com.

Anthony Bannon, director of the Burchfield Penney, called “Barcelona,” “Brave and true,” but continued, “Hold on to your heart – its quiet passion sneaks up and steals your soul.”

For me, receiving Lynch’s book was a wonderful gift. I have enjoyed the images within it, and have drawn great pleasure from reading her thoughts.

In my first interview with Lynch, I asked her whether she intended her work to send a message about the negative impact mankind is having upon the natural landscape of the Earth, and she eluded to it being about the life cycle, but left me with a sense that her work is largely up for individual interpretation.

My interpretation of many of the photos featured in “Barcelona,” particularly those featured in “The Llobregat,” “Wendell Berry,” “Portraits,” “Walls” and “Ground” sections, is that they illustrate the destruction man’s greed has wrought upon what little livable space we have available in this world.

Lynch will host a book signing on Friday, Dec. 13, from 6-8 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney museum store, which is located at 1300 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo. For more information, visit www.burchfieldpenney.org.

“Barcelona” was published by Radius Books, which published another photography book of Lynch’s entitled “Los Jardines de Mexico.” For more information, visit www.radiusbooks.org or www.janellelynch.net. To read the previous coverage I’ve written about Lynch’s artist in residency, visit www.post-journal.com and search for “Janelle Lynch.”

On another note, “12 Years A Slave,” a film about Solomon Northup’s experience as a slave in pre-Civil War America, is currently showing at Lakewood Cinema 8, 171-3 W. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood. Adrian Cooper, a descendant of Northup’s, lives in Jamestown. Cooper approached me in October to write a story about his experience of seeing the film before it hit theaters. To read the story, visit www.post-journal.com and search for “Adrian Cooper” and “An Inspiring Ancestry.” To get showtimes, call 763-3531 or visit www.lakewood.dipsontheatres.com.

As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.

HIGHLIGHTS

Southern Gospel Singers To Perform In Randolph Saturday: Area residents will be treated to Southern gospel music when GloryWay Quartet, a Mansfield, Ohio based group of singers, come to Randolph for a live performance.

The GloryWay Quartet is set to appear at the East Randolph United Methodist Church on Saturday at 7 p.m. The group is comprised of: Jim Copenhaver, tenor; Justin Crank, lead vocalist and manager; Josh Copenhaver, baritone; and Justin Sayger, bass. For more information, visit www.glorywayquartet.com or search for “GloryWay Quartet” on Facebook.

The concert is free, and open to the public, but offerings will be accepted to help cover the group’s travel expenses. The East Randolph United Methodist Church is located at 122 Church St. in Randolph. For more information, call 358-2433 or search for “The East Randolph United Methodist Church” on Facebook.

First Night Bradford Auditions Set For Wednesday: Initial auditions for First Night Bradford’s Got Talent will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Bradford, Pa.

Talent ranging from singers, dancers and comedians are welcome, as well as just about anything else entertainment related. Registration forms are available on the event’s Facebook page, and a fee of $5 is required to enter. Potential contestants will be contacted to schedule an audition time. The auditions are open to the public for a charge of $2, and attendees will be provided with an opinion card to critique the participants.

First United Methodist Church is located at 23 Chambers St. in Bradford, Pa. For more information, search for “First Night Bradford’s Got Talent” on Facebook.

Auditions For Two Lucille Ball Little Theater Productions Set For Nov. 30: The Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown is set to host auditions for two Neil Simon comedies, “The Odd Couple” and “Plaza Suite” on Saturday, Nov. 30, from noon until 2 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. at Infinity Visual And Performing Arts, 115 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

“The Odd Couple” will feature a cast of six men ranging in age from 30-40 and two women from 25-30. “Plaza Suite” will feature a cast of three men and three women ranging in age from 30-50. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Backstage workers are also invited to attend the auditions. The show is directed by Adam Owens and Anne Ecklund.

For more information, call the theater at 483-1095 or Owens at 679-8763.

HAPPENINGS

To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email drader@post-journal.com or call 487-1111, ext. 253 by Monday.

Tonight

Bluegrass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Reg Fall Film Series “Blue Jasmine”: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Friday

Brian Hanna: 8-10 p.m., Sully’s Pub in Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.

The Short Bus Band: 8 p.m. to midnight, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Rick Magee And Jack Adams Duo: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Saturday

Steve Eng Solo Show: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Reg Fall Film Series “Blue Jasmine”: 8 p.m., Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

No Limit: 8:30-11:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

Center Stage Karaoke: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Ralph Chamberlain Jr. Band: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

Sunday

Davis And Eng: noon-2 p.m., Chautauqua Mall food court in Lakewood.

Wednesday

Brian Hanna And Scott Horton: 9 p.m. to midnight, Steeners Pub in Greenhurst.