Friday, April 5, 2013

Ken Burns Comes to Holyoke

"A Walk Through Holyoke" is a collection of photographs by Jerome Liebling. Jerome photographed Holyoke at various points in and around the 80's. His work was honored last night by 200 or so people that came out to view some of his never before seen images. An amazing collection of images hung inside Open Square. His worked was admired and discussed. Film maker and Director Ken Burns addressed the gallery of people that came to support Holyoke Points of View and the Holyoke Public Library. This exhibition was the first after Jerome's passing within the last year. Ken Burns delivered a powerful statement using soft words. His tone carried through providing a strong message about people, Holyoke, and Jerome Liebling. It was a great event to support a great cause, The Holyoke Public Library. 

Jerome Liebling's photograph show a different period of Holyoke. They are windows in to what he saw, felt, and interpreted. There was a lot of energy in the room, combined with the family, friends, and photographs, Jerome's presence was among us. It was an immensely positive event that drew in a crowd. It was an honor to hear Ken Burns speak about Jerome. Art and photography have the power to change the world, this is one stellar example of how the community can benefit from art and photography in the social context. For a full list of the arts related events for the month of April, please visit 

State Representative Aaron Vega and Ken Burns 

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