Falciglia Art Gallery to Show Norman Nadel's "Intimate Portraits of Flowers" Exhibit

The Thomas & Paula Falciglia Art Gallery at International College hosts a free exhibit, "Intimate Portraits of Flowers," which runs from April 1 through April 30. The exhibit will feature the photographs of journalist Norman Nadel, whose work has been shown in New York City and various other cities. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held Friday, April 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the College.

About 25 color photographs will be displayed at the Falciglia Art Gallery. The flowers to be showcased in the exhibit -- from orchids and bird of paradise to frangipani and bromeliads -- are from gardens in Naples.

This is Nadel’s debut showing in the southwestern region of Florida; however, Nadel’s photographs have been displayed throughout the country in the past 22 years. In 1982, Nadel’s first one-man show, “Close Perceptions,” opened on Staten Island in New York City, then toured other cities in the Midwest, north to Maine, and south to Williamsburg, Va. In 1986, a second show, “The Edge of Maine,” followed a similar tour schedule.

"Nature photography is very popular in SW Florida, both as an art for the wall and as a process for the photographer. Other exhibits of this type have proven for helpful in teaching technique and method, and so this art show should not be missed,” said Dr. Melody Hainsworth, Vice President of Information Resources and Services of International College states that

Nadel said his motivation for this series was to search for truth in photographs.

“We live in a ‘manipulation of the photograph’ age. The images in this exhibition were made to be as honest as possible, with no trick lighting, no laboratory or studio backgrounds or arrangements, and no manipulation beyond clearing the short space between the lens and the flower,” Nadel said. “The print magnifications are 400 times greater than the area of the 35 millimeter negatives, so the flowers are revealed with an intimacy which cannot be matched by the unaided eye. It is in the hope of capturing this quietly understated intimacy that these photographs have been made.”

In addition to photography, Nadel has lectured on “Photography as Art” at Kansas State and Oklahoma State universities as well as at The New School in New York City. Before that, Nadel was a journalist, writing mainly about music, film, theater and the other arts. In 1961, Nadel was hired as a drama critic for The New York World-Telegram & Sun. Later on, he became the drama critic for The New York World Journal Tribune. He also was a cultural affairs writer for Scripps-Howard Newspapers, and was a critic-at-large for two national newspaper syndicates. He retired from journalism in 1980. Nadel came out of retirement in 1989 to become the writer and editor of The Phil, the program magazine of Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples. He retired from that position in 1997.

Most of the photographs in “Intimate Portraits of Flowers” were made before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m., when the light is angled and warmer. Backgrounds are natural. Most of the photographs were made in the densely planted garden adjoining the home of Kathy Ripin and her husband, Dr. Leonard Sayles, in Pelican Bay.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. International College, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, in North Naples, is located at the intersection of Immokalee Road and Interstate 75. For more information, call 513-1122, Ext. 109.
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