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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

[Ferrin Gallery] Dish & Dine: Jason Houston + MaryAnne Davis

DISH & DINE @ Ferrin Gallery
The first in a series of evening dinners in the gallery pairing local food with local artists.

DINE with THE MARKET featuring a menu from locally grown produce

served on dinnerware by MARY ANNE DAVIS.

with JASON HOUSTON on contemporary photography, documentary, and personal perspectives.

6:30 - 9:00 Dinner at FERRIN GALLERY

Saturday, February 20th
$35, limit 40 guests. BYOB.
Reservations required.
Call (413) 442-1622 to pay by phone.

The evening includes a viewing of new work from Houston's farm series, a visual presentation and dinner conversation with JASON HOUSTON based on contemporary photography, documentary, and personal perspectives.

Link to FerrinGallery.com for preview of new work by Houston & Davis


JASON HOUSTON: Family of Mine
Solo exhibition of large scale photographs that explore the sometimes tense dichotomies that define American family life.

The show features eleven large scale prints of moments captured at Houston's family get-togethers between 2002 and 2007. The images, although intimate and personal, are poignant reflections of relationships, traditions, values and family dynamics that are universally identifiable.

On view through February 27, 2010

Jason Houston, an independent documentary photographer, focuses on social and environmental issues across the country and around the world. He has photographed the small family farms throughout the Berkshire region for over a decade and traveled to over a dozen countries documenting community-based conservation in the developing world. His environmental portraits, landscapes, and elemental details focus the viewer on the global issues and processes that define how we live on this planet. Houston is a frequent contributor to Berkshire Living Magazine and serves as the photo editor of Orion Magazine.

photo caption: Jason Houston, Street Market, Wenzhou, China. 2009
Link to FerrinGallery.com for Jason Houston's web portfolio

DISH: MaryAnne Davis

MARYANNE DAVIS from nearby Chatham, NY makes functional porcelain dishware intended for daily use.

"Art and life come together at a table. Using handmade dishes to set a table provides the opportunity to express private creativity: ephemeral and memorable. The social fabric, the relationships built one meal at a time becomes the real art and the meal has an energy of a higher order. Conversation is magic, bringing each individual at the table into a personal bond."

photo caption: MaryAnne Davis, Naked Porcelain, Dinnerware
Link to FerrinGallery.com for MaryAnne Davis's web portfolio


  • a new neighborhood corner store, creates a dinner based on the range of products carried at the store.


  • Equinox Farms mixed greens w/ balsamic vinaigrette
  • Seasonal Root vegetable puree
  • Woodstock Farms mustard-rubbed roast pork loin
  • Seasonal grilled local vegetables
  • Homemade mini-cupcakes, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert

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photo caption: MaryAnne Davis, Bobolink, platter, 14", porcelain

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Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn
Triptych: black and white photograph. Each: 148 × 121 cm (58 1/4 × 47 5/8 in).
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