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FotoMuses dedicates exhibit to late group member

BLOOMINGDALE – A group of local female photographers recently debuted their latest exhibit, “Images à la Sauvette,” or “Images on the Run,” at the Bloomingdale Museum. The exhibit began May 9 and runs through June 9.

During the exhibit, fotoMuses, a group of local female photographers that was founded in 2001, will display their work that pays homage to one of the great 20th-century masters of photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Additionally, the exhibit is a tribute to Jackye Revely, a fotoMuses member who died of cancer in September.

The exhibit stems from the recent rerelease of Cartier-Bresson’s famous book, “The Decisive Moment.” Accordingly, the fotoMuses members have taken an assortment of Cartier-Bresson pieces and infused them with their own unique style.

Cartier-Bresson was a master of taking a moment and adding in creative graphic lines. The members of fotoMuses try to mimic this style in the pieces featured in “Images on the Run.”

For example, fotoMuses member Noriko Buckles from Downers Grove created the piece entitled “Teetering on a Unicycle.” Buckles captures the unicyclist’s arched body while breaking the vertical lines to create tension, giving visual stimulation and excitement to the photograph.

Downers Grove photographer Linda Markese, the exhibit curator, created the piece “Ghost Rider.” This picture features an eeriness portrayed by a ghostly mannequin, and it is noticed by a young boy pointing. She based this work off Cartier-Bresson’s piece entitled “Leonor Fini, Paris, 1932,” in which an Italian-French painter also poses with a mannequin.

The exhibit also will pay homage to a late fotoMuses member, Jackye Revely. Revely died in September after a battle with cancer. Revely was a beloved member of not only the fotoMuses but also of the Bloomingdale Arts Association.

Another fotoMuses member, Marita Blanken, of Downers Grove said Revely often won awards for her works with the Bloomingdale Arts Association. She was very involved in all the exhibits they would display. Blanken described Revely as a wonderful friend that was authentic, honest and caring.

“Jackye seemed to have the ability to spark ideas with her multidimensional work,” Blanken said. “She brought a lot of inspiration to the group and she knew how to give people guidance and direction in their lives. She was good at touching people.”

The fotoMuses will dedicate the entry wall of the Bloomingdale Museum to Revely during the course of their exhibit by featuring a selection of her works.

Members of the community also are welcome to attend the complimentary reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bloomingdale Museum.

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