Hey Look, Holyoke!
In his 46 years of photographing Holyoke, HCC art professor Frank Ward has expanded his initial vision of the downtown project from one portrait at a time to one street at a time. “I have seen that Holyoke offers a microcosm of the world,” he explains. “With its historic architecture, Holyoke is my time machine. With its canals, Holyoke is my Venice. With its abandoned factories, Holyoke is my Detroit. With its people, Holyoke is my San Juan. And, after visiting Russia, Holyoke in the winter is my Siberia.” The title of the show, “Hey Look,” is an anagram, rearranging the letters in the word “Holyoke.”
Hey Look Holyoke: Through Sept. 30. Reception on Sept. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Taber Art Gallery, Donahue building at Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke. (413)-552-2614, hcc.edu.
— Hunter Styles