Some of our Past Spotlight Artist
A Photography Exhibit by Lenny Foster
Please join us for a reception on:
Friday, July 26th, 5 – 7 pm at the Old Jail Art Center
404 North Way
912-437-7711 for more information
Whether in his former home of Taos, New Mexico or his current location in St. Augustine, Florida, Lenny Foster gathers inspiration for his photos and haiku poetry from the manna of his surroundings. Lenny’s works can be found in galleries across the U.S., in private collections worldwide, and in the numerous photo books he has published. He is the owner of Gallery One Forty Four in St. Augustine, Florida.
This exhibit will run from July 26-August 31, 2019
For twenty years, Lenny had the good fortune of owning and operating The Living Light Photography Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. His work has been on view in prominent institutions in New Mexico such as: The Harwood Museum, Millicent Roger’s Museum, The Taos Art Museum, the Albuquerque Museum and the Hubbard Museum of the American West. His work is also part of the permanent collections of The Millicent Rogers Museum, The Muhammed Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky and The Ross Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University, Oklahoma University’s College of Allied health, The Snite Museum at The University of Notre Dame and The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural center in St. Augustine, Florida. In addition, he is honored to have his work added to many private collections worldwide.
In 2013, Lenny published his first fine art book, “Healing Hands,” and in the summer of 2016, he published his second, “Enchanted Land: A Taos Twenty Year Retrospective” which was an art book winner in the New Mexico /Arizona book awards. Lenny began 2017 by publishing “Winter Retreat at Mabel’s”, his first volume of haiku poetry and imagery inspired by his last month in Taos, while staying at the Historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House. Lenny’s other book projects in progress include: “Reflections Of Spirit, A Sojourn in Senegal”, “El ultimo año”; images and Haikus from his last year in Taos, and “Healing Hands; The Journey Continues” which is his second volume of work from the Healing Hands collection. Some of these new Healing Hands images, which appear in this calendar, were created In Taos, the Southeastern “Low Country” of the U.S. and St Augustine in particular.
As a fairly new resident of St. Augustine, and owner/operator of Gallery One Forty Four, Lenny is redefining his unique, spiritual vision and purpose. A community with such a rich, deep and diverse history and culture; coupled with its varied and fascinating architecture, gives him a sense that he will be inspired and creating work here for quite some time. With the opening of Gallery One Forty Four, he plans to further explore and create imagery that inspires. His recent ethereal seascapes and botanical imagery certainly speaks to that. Also presently, through newly created imagery in Cushing, Maine and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, he is exploring his connection to the life of the Wyeths, the first family of American Art. In another new body of work, “Where We Stand”, Lenny turns his inspired and unique eye on the history of the African American experience in St Augustine, Florida. Using shoes to help reveal the stories, he will honor those that lived here, those that came through to pursue artistic endeavors and those that came here to stand up and or to sit down for Civil Rights. Along with accompanied brief narrative, the imagery will help to document moments, places and landmarks of historical significance. Some of his well-collected and newer work can be seen at lennyfoster.com and galleryonefortyfour.com.