March 8th – June 14, 2017
John Hoey was the winner of Best in show at our 2016 Open Arts Juried show! We are so pleased to have him in a solo show at our Starbucks Satellite Gallery!
I am barely able to recall precisely when my fascination with world travel began, but it was a passion to ‘see the world’ that fueled my decision to join the Navy and volunteer to serve aboard an aircraft carrier as a very young adult. Sometime around the age of 9, I can remember venturing into local travel agencies, which were abundant back in the late 60’s and early 70’s in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Browsing through free brochures describing in vivid detail the itineraries of travel excursions to exotic lands awoke my dream of traveling to far-off lands. The urge to see life outside the concrete boundaries of Brooklyn was ignited. Around that same time, I somehow managed to acquire a small pair of binoculars. Between softball and other games of my youth, many hours were spent staring into the skies to catch a glimpse of the colors and insignia on the planes landing and taking off from our two local airports—JFK and LaGuardia. KLM, Aer Lingus, Swissair, etc.—the sight of these planes fed my daydreams and wonder about the places they were going or from where they had just returned.
At the age of seventeen I joined the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). We spent 10 months of every year traveling the high seas—providing me the opportunity to repeatedly visit most of the countries in the Mediterranean, some in the North Atlantic, and others in the Caribbean. It was around that time that I purchased my first camera—film of course. And thus began my duel passion for photography and world travel.
Today, my profession as a scientist (Ph.D. in Molecular/Cellular Biology) and owner of a Consulting company, affords me to opportunity to travel the world for both business and vacation pleasure. My consulting company’s clients include Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies across the globe. And along the way my camera gear has logged every single frequent flyer mile alongside me over the years.
My Amazing Arts Gallery exhibit, ‘Along the Laguna di Venezia’, presents a series of images taken by me during a recent pleasure trip to several islands along the Laguna di Venezia or “Venetian Lagoon.”
“The Venetian Lagoon (Italian: Laguna di Venezia; Venetian: Łaguna de Venesia) is an enclosed bay of the Adriatic Sea, in northern Italy, in which the city of Venice is situated. Its name in the Italian and Venetian languages, Laguna Veneta—cognate of Latin lacus, “lake”—has provided the international name for an enclosed, shallow embayment of salt water, a lagoon.
Stretching from the River Sile in the north to the Brenta in the south, with a surface area of around 550 square kilometres (212 square miles), the Venetian Lagoon is around 8% land, including Venice itself and many smaller islands. About 11% is permanently covered by open water, or canal, as the network of dredged channels are called, while around 80% consists of mud flats, tidal shallows and salt marshes. The lagoon is the largest wetland in the Mediterranean Basin.”
From the beautiful canals and quaint side-streets and alleyways in historic Venice, to the iconic pastel colored homes and lace factories in charming Burano, to the world-famous and unique glass of Murano, each island along the Venetian lagoon is a magnificent feast for the soul, and delight for the palate, for all who are fortunate enough to visit.
It is my fervent hope that the handful of images chosen for this exhibit succeed in conveying the charm, elegance, and beauty to the islands of Venice, Burano, and Murano. Many more can be seen, and are available for purchase, at my website (www.ajphotographicart.com).
Many thanks to Amazing Things Art Center for providing me with this opportunity (special thanks to Melanie), and to my wife (Amy), who is my main source of inspiration in every endeavor I dare to undertake both here and abroad.
-John G. Hoey
The Amazing Starbucks Gallery is our satellite gallery in the local Starbucks. The gallery is located at 25 Prospect Street, Framingham, MA 01701 on Rt. 9 near Whole Foods.
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*Pictured above Charming Burano by John Hoey
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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency