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newsletter #16 - april, 2011


Award Recognition, Media Praise, and Upcoming Events and Exhibitions

A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England

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"Paul Wainwright's image of a narrow, unadorned wooden pew in a 1785 Massachusetts meetinghouse is a contemplative marvel... The composition is really nothing more than a precise arrangement of light and dark angles and planes that visually advance and recede in space, but its spare clarity seems to embody the essence of the lives that once prayed there."
Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Recent Media Praise:

    Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, December 5, 2010

    A Space for Faith continues to attract media praise, including:

    • Form and Function in Colonial America: The Congregationalist, December, 2010
      "If Wainwright's concern with form and structure stands out plainly in the photographs, it is not to obscure, but rather to bring out, the emotional resonance of the subject matter.... [The photographs] provide a sense, not only of the people who used them through the long ages of worship and civic life, but also to the variety of ornaments and styles available within a common pattern of construction."
      - Larry Sommers, Editor, The Congregationalist
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    • The Lasting Allure of the Meetinghouse: Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, December 5, 2010
      "With his photographs of 18th century meetinghouse interiors, Wainwright avoids artificial lighting and relies entirely upon the natural light that would have been the congregation's main source of illumination.... His hands-on approach to working with older photographic media rather fittingly echoes the hands-on craftsmanship of the buildings discussed in Peter Benes' accompanying historical essay on Meetinghouse architecture in New England. One can only really describe these images in words inadequately."
      - Lisa Fluet, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune
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    • Feeling a Presence, New Hampshire Magazine, March, 2011
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    • Book Review: Maine Antiques Digest, February, 2011

    • All Things Fulfilling Blog: All for the People, January 18, 2011

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    Awards and Reviews.

"An essay by Peter Benes offers insights into architectural origins, denominational differences, and meetinghouses as centers of town life... This book is a fine tribute to some of those survivors."
Maine Antiques Digest

  • Upcoming Presentations:

    This spring I have several presentations of my illustrated lecture The New England Meetinghouse and its Impact on American Society, including:

    To view all upcoming events, please visit: Upcoming Events.

    To book a presentation at your venue, please Contact Paul.

A Space for Faith is an excellent resource of images and historical background on early architecture in the United States. For architects in America, the design of these buildings, at the heart of communities in New England, hold great interest. They are some of the earliest buildings our country has."
All Things Fulfilling Blog

  • Exhibitions of My Work:

    Now that the dust has settled with the launch of my book, I have turned my attention to exhibitions of my work. Here's what is currently in the works:

    • The Gallery at Hallmark, Hallmark Institute of Photography, 85 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Massachusetts. July 22 - September 4, 2011. Opening reception and book signing with refreshments and live music Saturday, July 23, 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

    • Tentative: Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire: 2011/2012

    • Tentative: Baldwin Photographic Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee: 2011/2012

    To book an exhibition at your venue, please Contact Paul.

    In addition to these solo shows, photographs from my meetinghouse portfolio are currently included in these juried exhibitions:

"By any measure, anyone who opens the covers of A Space for Faith will agree that Paul Wainwright has performed the unique service of bringing a profoundly important chapter in our Puritan cultural history to life."
Don J. Wyatt, Cardell Distinguished Professor of History, Middlebury College

  • Free DVD Available for Community Cable Broadcast:

    The Derry, New Hampshire community cable television station has recorded a 30-minute interview with me about my meetinghouse photography and book, which is available free of charge to other non-profit community TV channels. It will be of interest to any community that has an interest in their historic buildings, particularly if they have a former meetinghouse. If your community has such a channel, you may request a free copy of the DVD by sending e-mail to me: Contact Paul.