The shared thoughts and artwork of Ose Manheim.

Ose is a visiting artist from Malden, MA. Her work will be on exhibit at the Melrose Arts Festival from April 26-28, 2013.

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Q. What art means to me?

Art has several meanings to me. Visual art can express beauty or be an expression from the subconscious like another language. It can be used to show reality and relay a message. I believe that art is an essential part of my life.

In my photography I try to show parts of nature to inspire awe and gratitude for how i.e. leaves contribute oxygen so that life can exist and if it wasn’t for the bees how could we grow our produce? I believe that getting more acquainted with some of nature’s processes it may lead to a better stewardship.

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Q. What inspires the photographs you decide to capture?

I look for beauty wherever I am. It touches me to see a little plant grow in a crack of asphalt or a weed with bright yellow flowers grow in the sand or on a rock.

I am also inspired by different shapes or “designs” in nature or in manmade structures.

Q. Is there a particular time of day you prefer to photograph during?

I prefer the early morning or late afternoon light. It can be magical. The slanted angel of the sun enhances a scene and gives leaves and petals a translucent quality.

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Q. What influenced me to become a photographer?

In my retirement I photographed more than before. After a while family and friends encouraged me to “do something” with my images. I entered three pictures in a juried small works show about seven years ago. Since then I have had several exhibits and open studios.

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Q. A number of your photographs focuses on reflections. Whether a reflection is on the surface of water or a building, what is the beauty you see with in it?

The theme of reflection is more than visual to me. It has a spiritual connotation reminding me of being mindful and reflecting on my actions.

One fascinating part of sunlight is the reflection it creates on different shiny surfaces. Several of my images are reflections on water. Autumn is the best season when the various fall hues are mirrored on the water surface and form interesting patterns.

Other effects are formed when light hits shiny materials such as metal or glass. Images are often distorted then which produce an interesting effect.

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Q. What role did art play in your life as a child?

I grew up in Europe where art has a priority. As a child it was mostly ballet and music.

My mother was an artist and took me to museums. I grew in my interest in the visual art with the years and tried many different media. Ceramics, sketching and writing poetry.

I enjoyed photography which today is the art I turn to. For me it is a process and much to learn. The other aspect is the interesting and nice people I have met by getting involved in the arts in my city, Malden.


The shared thoughts and artwork of Jack Welch.

Jack is a local artist from Melrose. His work will be on exhibit at the Melrose Arts Festival from April 26-28, 2013.


Q. What prompt your interest in photography? 

As a child, I was fortunate that my parents both came from large families. I had a lot of aunts and uncles and loved to travel. I always had my bags packed, so to speak.

One of my aunts gave me a Kodak Brownie camera. I always took it with me wherever I went.  That aunt gave me other cameras as Christmas gifts as I got older, and my interest increased as my equipment improved and the quality of my work improved.

I had another uncle that was a very good photographer, and on visits to his house, I would read his photography magazines. I began to realize what could really be accomplished with a camera.

Q. What inspires you to take a photograph?

It is all about the subject to me. When I see a subject that calls to me, I have to photograph it. I do not always do it the first time, that I see it. I will sometimes return to the same subject several times, looking for better light.


Q. How would you describe the collective style of your work?

My style is not terribly well defined. I started out doing landscape  photography, and photographing architecture as a child. I did not even realize why I was drawn to those subjects.

Reflecting on that as an adult, I realize that it came from having the opportunity to travel as a child and wanting to keep those memories. Many of my “Brownie” photos were buildings in New York City, and Canada and my earliest landscape shots were in taken the rural beauty of Canada.

I have always had a strong interest in transportation related subjects, and my current work reflects this. A large portion of my current work attempts to reflect the beauty of the automobile, especially vintage cars. I am drawn to the era when automobiles were designed by individual designers and not by committees. I feel that many cars in the days gone by are rolling objects of art in their own right. I try to capture those features in my work


Q. How did you develop your talent in photography? What habit was key in its development?

I have talked to other photographers whose work I really like and tried to learn form them. I have also taken workshops by accomplished professional photographers. You can learn a great deal about photography from a small well-run workshop. You end up learning as much from your fellow students as you do from the course if you allow yourself to be fully immersed and be open to criticism.

When I am traveling in a new area, I try and find a photographer or guide that will spend time taking me to locations, that I may not have had the time to scout on my own.

The real key to getting me to the point were I am now is the digital camera. I shoot all my photos in raw format and “develop” them in Adobe Light Room. The use of a good digital processing program is key to making a good photo, a great photo.

Q. Many of your landscape photographs display a consistent focus to the beauty of mist and water.  What is your connection to these locations? 

I was privileged to have the opportunity spend a lot of time in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire as a child, and as we had breakfast on the porch, overlooking the lake every morning, I was taken by the fact that it never looked the same on any one day. On a cool morning in the summer, you could see the mist rising off the lake.

I also had an aunt that took me to the ocean very often, and I was fascinated by the mist or fog in some cases, coming off the ocean waters.


Q. A great deal of my photography today features water in the scene in some manner.

As a young adult, I traveled to the west and discovered the great vistas of the west. The photographs that you mention are a combination of the beauty of Colorado and weather conditions that produce these dramatic scenes. I actually very seldom shoot in the middle of the day, on a sunny day, unless I have no other choice. For any photographer, it is always about the light, and I try to use that to the best possible advantage.

Q. How has your photography developed who you are as an individual?

It has made me slow down and really look at my surroundings wherever I am and what ever I am doing. It has also helped me make a lot of new friends who have a common interest.


Q. What role did art play in your life as a child?

It was sort of the other way around, the events of my childhood allowed me to discover art.

Q. What advice can you give to other emerging photographers?

I would tell them to look at the work of other photographers and see what you like or do not like about their work. I would also say that some sort of formal training or workshop would give you a great amount of knowledge in a very short amount of time. Most importantly don’t be afraid to fail, don’t be afraid to work outside your comfort zone.

The art work and shared thoughts of Thomas Savage.


Q: What first compelled you to become an artist? Who/what were your influences?

A:  As long as I can remember, there was always this unfulfilled “creative need” within me.  While I have many creative interests, my technical abilities as a painter or musician were never satisfactory enough to fill the creative void.  I had always enjoyed photography, and over the years had received favorable comments from friends and family about my photos.  After much gentle prodding and encouragement from close friends, and from local artist/teacher Christine Riccardi, I began to look at photography in a more serious manner.  It has filled the creative void beyond my expectations.

Q: What advice do you have for younger artists, particularly local ones?

A:  If you have a passion for art, you owe it to yourself to indulge that passion.  Take chances.  Don’t be afraid to be different; there is nothing that anyone can say about your art that’s life threatening, and caving in to discouragement only stifles the development of your creativity.  We live in an area that is so supportive of the arts, and that has so many resources available.  Reach out.  You’ll be rewarded if you do.


Q:  Do you have any formal training?

A:  I am a 2007 graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, and I continue to add to my training through a variety of on-line sources.  There is a wealth of information available on the internet to enable anyone to keep current with technology, new techniques, etc.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working on art?

A:  Regrettably, fine art photography doesn’t pay the bills…yet.  I’ve worked as a commercial credit manager for a variety of corporations since the late ‘70’s.  It may not be exciting, but there’s no heavy lifting : )


Q. What is your connection to Melrose? How has the area shaped your art?

A:  Though I now reside in Lowell, I lived in Melrose for over 30 years, and much of my portfolio consists of photos taken in Boston and surrounding communities.  Melrose’s proximity to Boston and the North Shore, along with its wealth of Victorian architecture and scenic green spaces has contributed greatly to the development of my art.

Q: What is your connection to the Melrose Arts community?  Is it important to you to be part of a creative community?

A:  I have been a member of Melrose Arts for seven years, and have participated in the annual Melrose Arts Festival for the past six.  I am presently on the Steering Committee for the Festival.  It is very important to me to be involved in a creative community, and the art community in Melrose is very supportive.  Through Melrose Arts I have met many talented artists both locally and throughout New England.