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Castleton Gallery in Rutland challenges perception

RUTLAND - The Castleton Downtown Gallery, located back in the alley on Center Street in Rutland, opened a new show this past week. The exhibit, Photographing Quarries, shows highly detailed photos of quarries taken by Don Ross, an accomplished photographer. The digital photos were taken at quarries in both Vermont and New York, including West Rutland and Proctor.

Sarah Karczmarczyk, the assistant manager of the gallery, says that hanging Photographing Quarries was simple enough given the small space that was provided for the show. Don Ross "has worked with Castleton before in photography," says Karczmarczyk.

Ross has had exhibits in galleries in many parts of the US and in Europe. On his website, he states that he has "the pleasure of collaborating with world-renowned artists, award-winning restaurants, and businesses." Don Ross photographs scenes in nature as well as food for restaurants and cafes around the world. More of his work can be found at donrossphotography.com.

Next door to the photography exhibit is a permanent Castleton installation of a show by the manager of the gallery, Castleton faculty member and advisor Bill Ramage. The show, called "papaNova," exhibits life-size cutouts of college students. The high-resolution pieces are often mistaken by gallery visitors as real people.

The papaNova exhibit is meant to be both "two-dimensional and three-dimensional simultaneously," states Bill Ramage in a piece of literature on the show. "The experience of viewing this piece has a great deal to do with your own physical presence being in [the space.]"

The space, small enough to fit only ten people comfortably, gives an overwhelming sense of imbalance to visitors as their perception is challenged.

Both shows are open to the public. The gallery has hosted several shows so far this year, displaying Castleton State College student and faculty work alike.

The gallery opened in February of this year with a Castleton State College faculty show and has had a steady increase in foot traffic and interest in downtown Rutland.