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‘Inner Worlds & Ethereal Souls’

Featuring the striking and exploratory work of two internationally recognized and award-winning photographers, Patty Maher and Robin Macmillan.  Exhibition is running from Wednesday, July 11th until Monday, September 3rd.

Both artists will be in attendance at Noodle Gallery for the Alton Mill Arts Centre’s annual Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, July 21st.  For more information check out the info page on the Alton Mill’s website here.

Patty Maher – is an internationally recognized, award winning fine art photographer and artist based in Caledon, Ontario, Canada.  The inspiration for her art comes from an exploration of the feminine in the context of both natural and urban settings.  Working primarily through staged portraiture and self-portraiture Maher is widely known for hiding or obscuring the faces of her subjects often only using only posture, gesture, symbol and colour to convey emotion and story.  Maher explores the inner worlds of her subjects while at the same time considering notions of personal space, boundaries of identity and the relationship of the individual to the larger world. Her goal with each photo and series is to create pieces that disrupt the boundaries between real life and the otherworldly;  the surreal and the commonplace.   In the telling of visual stories she invites the viewer to become a co-creator in meaning, leaving the stories open ended but touching on basic and universal emotions.

Patty was born in Toronto and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature at the University of Guelph.  Her work as a fine art photographer began in 2010 and since then has been featured on book covers and recognized in numerous online and print publications around the world including a video interview with Yahoo Productions created for the series “The Weekly Flickr”.  Patty has also received recognition in prestigious photography contests including the PX3 Prie de la Photography Paris, Moscow International Foto Awards, the International Color Awards and the International Photography Awards.

Robin Macmillan – was born in Orillia, Ontario and studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design for four years. This led to a career in production for commercials with her talent used primarily in the art department. After a life changing diagnosis of breast cancer nine years ago, Robin turned her creativity towards her lifelong passion for photography. Robin’s portrait painting abilities allowed for an easy transition into the same genre with photography as the medium. Conceptual portraiture is seen consistently throughout her work with the majority focusing on her two main loves, underwater and the environment. Her award winning series Footprints tells the story of major ecological issues we face as a global community, each one with its own individual message.

In a short period of time, Robin’s works have been seen internationally with LensCulture, Vogue Italia, Dodho Magazine, Chromatic Awards Book, Fluster Magazine, Below Magazine, the International Photography Awards, Yahoo, music CD’s and many book covers. Her prints have been shown in New York City as part of the digital show “The Story of the Creative” and at a solo exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. Recently, Robin has been featured on the well known show “the Weekly Flickr” on the Flickr blog and the popular photographer’s haven Phlearn in Chicago as well as being a regular contributor to PhotoNews Canada.  Robin works and resides just North of Toronto, Canada.