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September 21, 2018

Local Author Shines Light On Grandmother’s Photography


FULTON, NY – The CNY Arts Center of Fulton,  announces its first Author’s Spotlight for 2013.

Three women from the Fair Haven area pose for Edna Williams. This 100-year-old photo is from the collection of Ms. Williams and will be featured at the Author’s Spotlight program at the CNY Arts Center on January 16.

Three women from the Fair Haven area pose for Edna Williams. This 100-year-old photo is from the collection of Ms. Williams and will be featured at the Author’s Spotlight program at the CNY Arts Center on January 16.

On January 16 at 7 p.m., local author and columnist June S. MacArthur will present her latest work: “A Retrospective on Edna Williams’ 100-year old Photographs of Fair Haven Through J. S. MacArthur’s Poetry.”

Edna Williams was an early 1900s Fair Haven photographer and her work captures the innocent atmosphere of the Fair Haven/Sterling area of 100 years ago.

Williams is also MacArthur’s grandmother.

MacArthur acquired her photos many years ago and, realizing their importance, she stored them in proper environment until she and her husband, Phil, retired.

Since then, they have busy restoring the cellulose and glass negatives to digital format, intent on making Williams’ photos more well-known.

“Working on creating a portfolio of my grandmother’s work has been an amazing experience,” said MacArthur. “Her work is as good as Dorothea Lange’s photos from the WPA era and I find myself drawing up many emotions as I study her photos. I’ve written a good deal of poetry about her and her life and how she and I have been inter-related.”

MacArthur has an article about Williams and a sample of her photographs published in the Winter 2012 issue of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine.

MacArthur has been a stringer and freelance writer and has created and taught “The Poet Within” workshops in the Florida Keys schools.

The Author’s Spotlight program will feature a PowerPoint presentation of Edna’s photographs, a reading of poems inspired by them, an interview with the author, and a question and answer period.

Afterwards, those in attendance will have a chance to meet the author.

Refreshments will be served.

There is no cost to attend.

It will be held at the CNY Arts Center, located at 357 State St.

For more information, please call 315-592-3373 or visit the Art Center’s website at http://www.cnyartscenter.com

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