Bobby Ziemba

The Strand Center for the Arts is thrilled to host photographer Bobby Ziemba in the Main Gallery in November, 2016. This upcoming exhibit will open in The Strand Center Main Gallery on Friday, November 4 and a free reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 pm that night.

Bobby Ziemba has been photographing his surroundings for half a century, but it wasn’t until he retired as a forest ranger that he returned to school to pursue a degree in the fine art of photography. With that experience, he’s been fortunate to have been afforded many opportunities to share his photographs in a variety of venues; from local art galleries, to a magazine covers, to the crazy nomadic showings at fine art festivals. And yet, he’s gained more than monetary awards and ribbons for his work. As he says, he’s gained an outlet for his thoughts and beliefs, for the joy he finds in living with nature and having the time to enjoy the wilderness, bringing back what he experiences in the form of a photograph that he can then share with the world.

Concerning his work, Ziemba stated that, “I've learned that art must come from the heart. To this day I am still amazed at the beauty that surrounds us. That's what I concentrate on in my art, the beauty; to remind people there is always wonder around us if we take time to stop and observe.” He goes on to add that, “Our lifestyles become so hectic that we tend not to have time to rejuvenate our bodies and minds in the natural world. My work is an extension of my life. I value nature in all its forms, and I try to enlighten my audience to an existence beyond our modern lives.”

“Bobby stopped by the gallery to show me his new work,” stated gallery director, David Monette, “and I was blown away by how ethereal and hauntingly beautiful his photographs are. They have an almost magical feel to them that really gives you the impression of the mystery and drama of nature.”

The exhibit of Ziemba’s artwork will be on view in The Strand Center Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh from November 4-25, 2016. The opening reception will take place November 4, 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 2 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.