News Release — Catamount Arts
Aug. 5, 2013
ST. JOHNSBURY — Senator Patrick Leahy will be making a stop at Catamount Arts Center this August to share his photo exhibit, “The Eye of Senator Leahy,” with residents of the Northeast Kingdom.
This will be the first time that Senator Leahy’s photographs have been hosted in the Kingdom. The photo show captures the front row seat that the Vermont’s senior member in the United States Senate, and now President Pro Tempore, has had in witnessing history. A visitor to the show can observe the results of Senator Leahy’s long practice of keeping his camera close by in some of the most intimate meetings with world leaders and cultural icons.
On Friday, Aug. 9, Catamount Arts will host a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. where Senator Leahy will lead visitors on a guided tour of the exhibition, in which every photograph has a story behind it.
With more than 38 years of service to Vermont in the United States Senate, Senator Leahy says he enjoys sharing his selections of his favorite images. The exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery from Aug. 1 until Sept. 2 at the Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury.
From the Senator’s over-the-shoulder image of presidents, both past and present, signing their first pieces of legislation, to photos of Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, the 52 candid images in the collection present a wide spectrum of many of the era’s most important and fascinating people. Even more striking are the images of Senator Leahy’s humanitarian work and his photos that clearly portray the hopes and dreams of “just plain folks” from around the globe. Leahy believes that everyone shares a common thread of humanity that transcends borders and peoples, a message that speaks loudly in the collection displayed at Catamount Arts.
“When I have had opportunities to meet with presidents or popes, or spend time with local villagers in lands abroad, sometimes I have also been fortunate enough to have my camera along at just the right moment,” said Senator Leahy. Being at the right place and right time is apparent in his favorite image from the collection: a Tibetan man who risked imprisonment by publically showing him a photo of the Dali Lama.
“As the son of a printer in Montpelier,” said Senator Leahy, “I learned about the power of the printed word and the printed image, and a lifelong interest in photography was born the first time I picked up a camera. Photographs can be both timely and timeless. They enhance our understanding beyond the ability of words alone. They can bridge gaps from generation to generation and breathe life into our history. The essence of leadership and life is sometimes better captured by the lens than by the pen.” Senator Leahy’s images frequently appear in news publications, featured in such leading publications as The New York Times, U.S. News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time.
Senator Leahy also welcomes viewers of his show to visit the “Stephen Huneck Pure Love Exhibit,” which is a permanent fixture at the Catamount Arts Center in the Rankin Gallery. The exhibit is a collection of mixed media works by the late Stephen Huneck whose untimely death was followed by his wife’s death in June of this year. “Stephen and Gwen Huneck were two of Vermont’s most talented citizens. Marcelle and I enjoyed visiting them at their home in the Northeast Kingdom and especially loved seeing their dog chapel. Stephen’s unique art has brought years of pleasure to the Leahy family, as it has to thousands of people around the world. I am saddened by the untimely deaths of these dear friends, but it comforts me to know that visitors can share in the legacy that Stephen and Gwen left to Vermont I am honored to be able to show my photography alongside this treasured collection.”
‘The Eye of Senator Leahy” is a rare opportunity for visitors to witness an insider’s perspective of history unfolding. The Senator’s show will be on display throughout the month of August at Catamount Arts Center on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury.