ASTORIA — LightBox Photographic Gallery hosts the opening and artists’ reception of “Fairy Tales and Nuclear Bombs (What happened to the Summer of Love),” 5 to 8 p.m. during Astoria’s Second Saturday Art Walk, Oct. 14.
The exhibit features the work of 36 photographic artists from around the country exhibiting images that focus on their reaction to this year’s political environment.
The exhibit features work in many photographic processes and interpretations of the theme. Diane Fenster, a prominent artist from Pacifica, California, who works in digital imaging, juried the exhibit of 54 pieces.
“The Summer of Love and the hippie revolution were primarily centered on remaining outside the taint of the major societal forces of war and greed. Dreams were cultivated spiritually and chemically. The post-WWII years of repressive ideas, clothing and regimentation exploded into a wide array of color and music and dance, expressions of both individual dreams and visions of a society which nurtured creativity and personal liberty to the utmost, while taking consideration of the environment in a sustainable way.
“Now, decades later, the tie dye clothes are as tattered as the dreams. What was lost was more than these brief experiments in lifestyle but an imagination which honored ones’ visions and possibilities of a joyful existence. Though those aspirations of youth now seem distant, there is a residual flame, burning deep and still revolutionary and radical in it’s demand for joy and love.
“For this call, I’d like to see your dreams or nightmares as we face the anxiety of the present.”
“Fairy Tales and Nuclear Bombs” will show in the gallery until Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The gallery (1045 Marine Drive) is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit lightbox-photographic.com for more info on this exhibit and to enjoy past, current and upcoming exhibits.