Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Table Hoppin': Photo exhibit focuses on the craft of cooking By Barbara M. Houle Worcester Telegram and Gazette Correspondent

Donna Dufault displays a selection of her photographs from her new exhibit "Culinary Imaginings" at the Worcester Center For Crafts Krikorian Gallery in Worcester. The show's opening reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. T&G Staff/Paul Kapteyn

"Culinary Imaginings" at the Worcester Center for Crafts is an exhibit that reveals a unique view of food, the first solo show of Worcester-based photographer Donna Dufault.
The exhibit is the culmination of Dufault’s many years photographing behind the scenes in the “inner sanctum” (the kitchen) of chefs throughout the East Coast.
“I’m fascinated by the art of preparing food and the tools used to create it,” said Dufault. “The dents, scratches, cracks and patina all create beauty in their imperfection,” she said. “I truly enjoy tracking down the tools, and documenting their vulnerability from human treatment.”
The exhibit presented in the center’s Krikorian Gallery, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, opened Jan. 20 and will be on view through Feb. 27. Images in the exhibit are sometimes very abstract imaginings, while others are more clearly about the objects themselves.

Click here for the full article in the  Worcester Telegram & Gazette 

Donna Dufault’s culinary imaginings By Joshua Lyford -January 21, 2016 WORCESTER MAGAZINE

The world of professional commercial food photography is straightforward in its end goal, perfectly capturing the most desirable aspects of a particular menu option. Naturally, there are liberties a photographer can take along the way; in general, the food is the focal point and the goal is to present it in the most enticing possible manner.
In commercial food photographer Donna Dufault’s first solo photography show at the Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, opening Monday, Jan. 25, the artist aims to let the very real personalities on display in any given kitchen shine through. Not the personalities you might expect, however, she lets the hardware do the talking.
“There is a lot of downtime on set,” said Dufault. “You spend a lot of time arranging lights and that sort of thing, so I would take photographs when I could over the last few years. I found these objects fascinating and beautiful. The dents lead to memories and I am fascinated by how beat up they get over time. They have a great patina to them, I love those details.”
Reporter Joshua Lyford can be reached at 508-749-3166, ext. 325, or by email at Jlyford@worcestermagazine.com. Follow Josh on Twitter @Joshachusetts.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Weather Update

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Press Release: Culinary Imaginings

Worcester Center for Crafts Presents First Solo Show of Photographer Donna Dufault
Worcester, MA--Privileged to enter the inner sanctum (the kitchen) of chefs all over the East Coast, photographer Donna Dufault lets us discover the places where the chefs' and the restaurateurs' tools momentarily sit as they wait to be put into service.  Over 30 photographs, some in groups and representing two series from her work, CULINARY IMAGININGS is the first major solo show of Dufault's work.  The show opens January 20 in the Center's Krikorian Gallery with an opening reception on January 25, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm, a Monday evening so that those in the hospitality industry can help celebrate this remarkable work and photographer. 

The exhibit is the culmination of many years photographing behind the scenes during breaks from the commercial photography work she does with photographer husband, Scott Erb through their business Erb Photography.  The show is on view through February 27.  Media sponsor is Mass Foodies, an online publication debuting this winter.

James Beard House by Donna Dufault
"I'm fascinated by the art of preparing food and the tools used to create it," said Ms. Dufault. "The dents, scratches, cracks and patina all create beauty in their imperfections. I truly enjoy tracking down the tools, and documenting their vulnerability from human treatment." The resulting images which are included in the show are sometimes very abstract imaginings, while others are more clearly about the objects themselves.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a program of culinary storytelling entitled "HUNGRY MINDS" will be held on Monday, February 1 at 5:30 pm.  In addition to Ms. Dufault, local culinary greats from different backgrounds and experiences will tell engaging and entertaining stories from their own culinary imaginings: Chef Chris Rovezzi (Rovezzi's of Sturbridge, MA), Brendyn Schneider (professional storyteller), Domenic Mercurio (publisher, Foodies of New England Magazine), and Chef Alina Eisenhauer (chef and owner, Sweet Bar and Kitchen).  Mr. Mercurio will also provide a mini-wine tasting courtesy Mercury Media & Entertainment.

On February 27 to close the show, the public is invited to a Pasta Dinner where you eat the food and take your hand-crafted ceramic plate home with you.  A reimagined event from the annals of Craft Center history, the Pasta Dinner is sure to get you collecting plates!  Tickets ($40 per adult; children under 12, $10 paper plate) are on on sale now.

"Having Donna's work here on view is a coup for the Crafts Center," says Candace Casey, Krikorian Gallery Director.  "Photography is one of our craft media and creating beautiful things to serve food on and with is one of our passions.  It's a natural."

Johnson and Wales Ladels by Donna Dufault
Ms. Dufault has over 20 years of experience working in the photography industry. She has a BFA degree in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked at some of the best photographic printing labs in the country and with some of the top art photographers in the world. This experience coupled with years of gallery experience, running art marketing groups, curating shows, and co-coordinating photo workshops has given her a unique perspective into the fine art photography world.
In addition to being fascinated by the tools of the chef, Ms. Dufault seeks out the food industry soldiers-tableware and vessels for storage.  "I am drawn to photograph the glass versions I find in my travels. Stacked, arrayed, or layered, the line and repetition of glass creates playful patterns of light and color," says Dufault.  "Light, reflections and distortions revealed through the glass create beautiful, painterly abstractions. It's a wonderful challenge to compose and capture an image before the light changes and the enchantment of color and luminosity is lost."

Currently, Ms. Dufault collaborates with her husband, Scott Erb of Erb Photography, who has been a successful commercial photographer for over 17 years. Together they have been jet setting all over the U.S. taking photos for companies who use them on web sites, ads, brochures and in magazines. Their specialty is the hospitality industry working with restaurants, hotels, chefs, and others in the food art industry. Worcester Living Magazine voted their studio "The Best Photo Studio" several years in a row.

Together they also the founded the Worcester Alliance of Photographers, which has grown over the last 10 years into a wonderful care-free group of over 800 photographers. Both are founding partners in their latest endeavor, Foodies of New England Magazine, which was started in Oct 2012. The magazine is now in over 2200+ locations for sale all over New England.

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