The Putnam Arts Council is pleased to announce a historical, architectural, artistic work entitled “Putnam Post.”
Over the past year, the Putnam Arts Council discussed a possible project to present the beautiful and historic architecture of Putnam. What came out of those discussions was the idea to create a new take on the “then and now” photography project. As a group, they agreed that they all enjoyed looking at the “then and now” photographs that are presented locally through the Historical Society as well as the local papers. Lindsay Lehmann, as the photographer in the group, was asked to work on the project. The original project called for utilizing old photographs. When a colleague from Pomfret School presented Lindsay with old Putnam postcards, which had belonged to his father, a new concept presented itself “Putnam Post”. Lindsay posed the idea integrating the two time periods into one image. The Arts Council felt it was a terrific fit as well as a new, clever way to illustrate Putnam’s architecture and history.
The Putnam Post project was a perfect platform for a journey through Putnam examining historical and modern architecture. While there were creative and technical challenges that presented themselves, the Arts Council found the final outcome was an interesting reflection on how much we as a town have physically changed and remained the same.
Twenty images were created and they will be available as postcards, prints, softcover and hardcover books. Putnam Post can be seen at the Silver Circle Gallery and Empty Spaces Gallery. Join us for the opening reception on Dec. 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at both studios where you can see the images displayed and meet the artist. Putnam Post is being exhibited along the with new shows at the two galleries: Silver Circle’s Six Year Anniversary Small Works Show and Empty Spaces’ Five by Five Small Works Exhibit. Silver Circle is located at 75 Main Street in Putnam and Empty Spaces is located at 114 Main Street in Putnam.
We hope that you enjoy Putnam Post and find time to look around town a little bit to see how we have grown and changed. Proceeds from the sales of these items will benefit the Putnam Arts Council and Teachers for Teachers.
Lindsay Shaw Lehmann is a Putnam, CT native. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology and earning her BA in Professional Photographic Illustration (’99), she began teaching photography at The Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT. At the start of her teaching career, she also began her photography business, Lindsay Shaw Photography. Since then, she has earned her MA in Art Education from Boston University (’12) and begun raising her two small children, Clayton & Rowan, who remain the focus of much of her favorite work. She has produced a few bodies of personal work, which have shown in various galleries across New England. On occasion, Lindsay teaches photography to adults and adolescents at the Silver Circle Art Center in Putnam, as well as various children’s art camps throughout New England in the summer months. In 2011, Lindsay began Teachers for Teachers, an organization helping severely underpaid educators in Cincoyo, Nicaragua. This mission trip was the center of personal and artistic grown for Lindsay. Lindsay donates 100% of her personal profits from her fine arts shows to Teachers for Teachers. Now, Lindsay continues to spend her time working with her various students and clients while nurturing her photography, gardens and family in her old Victorian house on the hill.