It's hard to understand sandhill cranes if you're a city dweller. With that in mind, photographer Diane Farris moved to rural Gainesville three years ago, where, in a mood of poetic reverie and vivid beauty, she captured their subtle interaction. The results can be seen in her solo exhibit "In the Open," which comes Friday to the Palm Beach Photographic Centre Museum and Gallery (55 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach).
Having discovered these majestic creatures in their winter habitat, Farris photographed them in reposing profile against grainy marshland, in flight, soaring amid billowy clouds, and in playful combat on fenced-in farmland. "They like an open view," Farris says, "so they can see a long way."
Farris hand-painted bits of color onto 30 black-and-white prints and digital images, each full of delicate shadows and mysterious light. One magnificent photo shows a crane's geometric wingspan descending over water. Shrouded in mist, grazing cows and their reflections become dreamy onlookers -- like viewers of Farris' photos.
An opening reception for "In the Open" takes place Friday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on view until September 24. Call 561-276-9797, or visit www.workshop.org. To get a quick peak at Farris' work, check out her website at www.dianefarris.com. --Robert Hicks
Sports cinema at Paradiso
With the opening of this summer's bazillionth movie remake -- The Bad News Bears. The inevitable horde of nostalgia seekers will probably leave Blockbuster video stores devoid of the original versions for the next month or so. But that's OK, because the quick-thinking folks at Go Riverwalk magazine are holding a public screening of the original Bad News Bears on Saturday at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Walter Matthau's role as a drunken little league coach is a classic, no doubt. But so is Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Marciano and Keanu Reeves' Shane Falco (OK, the latter's a joke). So after the 3:30 p.m. screening of Bears, the sports-filled flicks keep coming, with eight more movies shown through Wednesday. Also on screen are A League of Ordinary Gentlemen, Personal Best, North Dallas Forty, Hoosiers, Wimbledon, The Replacements, Bull Durham, and, of course, Rocky. General admission costs $8. Call 954-525-3456. --Jason Budjinski
Move on Up
New Light finds a new home
In celebration of its "transformation" into a new location, the New Light Studio and Gallery (4747 N. Ocean Blvd, Ste. 223, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea) kicks off its grand opening Saturday with an exhibit titled (uh-huh) "Transformation." Featuring new paintings by resident artists Wendy White and Roland Ruocco, the exhibit also includes works by New York City-based artist/curator Vee as well as by studio members Joan Keenan and Gina Olson. The colorful, 2-D exhibit is full of lush tropical landscapes, abstract impressionist pieces, and even a bit of social commentary, as in Ruocco's Choices 2 (pictured here). C'mon, man -- choose the girl! The transformation begins at 7 p.m.; the exhibit runs through November 20. Call 954-786-1080, or visit www.newlightgallery.org. --Jason Budjinski
A Not-So-Private Affair
Vernissage may mean a "private viewing," but the exhibit "Vernissage" is as public as a summer sunset (or thunderstorm, for us Floridians). Opening Thursday at Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach), "Vernissage" features 50 multimedia works by members of the National Association of Women Artists' Florida chapter, such as Helene Kleiner's mosaic Untitled (pictured). The exhibit runs through October 30. Call 561-274-3555. -- Jason Budjinski