“Explorations” by Penelope Clute

Opening Reception: January 8, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm
Show on View: January 8-30, 2016

The Strand Center for the Arts is excited to host photographer Penelope Clute in the Main Gallery in January, 2016. Penelope, known locally as Penny, has been working with the Plattsburgh community for years, but in law rather than photography. Now in retirement, she has time to focus on exhibiting her amazing collection of photographs and experiences. This upcoming exhibit, titled “Explorations,” will open in The Strand Center Main Gallery on Friday, January 8 and a free reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm that night; from 6:00-6:30, Penny will present her “moving picture” show “Cuba on the Cusp!”

Penny began serious photography after her 1967 college graduation, while first working in Philadelphia and then as a VISTA Volunteer (Volunteers in Service to America) in 1968 Chicago. Two of her photographs from that period were published, one in Human Rights – Issues for a New Millennium by Linda Jacobs Altman and another in Knocking on Doors - VISTA Volunteers Remember 1965-1971 by Maureen O'Connor.

After her time at VISTA Penny went to law school then worked as an attorney at the Michigan Corrections Department. Shortly after that she was a founding partner in the private practice Clute Clute & Thompson in Plattsburgh, NY. From 1989-2001 she was the Clinton County District Attorney and then Plattsburgh City Court Judge from 2002-2011.

No longer a judge beginning in 2012, Penny began enjoying nurturing her “inner artist!” Because her career in law was so time-consuming, she rarely picked up a camera until the mid-2000’s. A weekend photography course in the Adirondacks, taught by the late Nancy Rotenberg, began her creative journey. Penny was fortunate to take three week-long workshops from this very inspiring and encouraging teacher. Able to spend more time on photography she began traveling with her camera, capturing images from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, New Zealand and Cuba, as well as US and Canadian locations.

In 2010 Penny started exhibiting and selling her work at the artists’ cooperative Stonybrook Gallery in Morrisonville, NY and has been featured in dozens of exhibitions since. Penny is an Exhibiting Member of the Adirondack Art Association in Essex, NY, and had solo shows at the Clinton Community College Alumni Gallery in 2012 and 2013. Her work has been accepted in juried shows at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, VT, The VIC in Paul Smith’s College, NY, the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, NorthWind Fine Arts in Saranac Lake, NY and the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. Penny recently won first place in the 2015 Juried Show “On the Road” at The Strand Center for the Arts. Her website is www.PenelopeCluteFineArtPhotography.zenfolio.com.

“Explorations,” a new photography exhibit by Penelope Clute, will be on view in The Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from January 8-30, 2016. The Opening Reception will take place Friday, January 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information on these exhibits, upcoming events, concerts or classes happening at The Strand Center for the Arts please call 518-563-1604 or visit strandcenter.org.