News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 30, 2020
DIAA’s “ART matters 5” features photography as art

Art matters

“Skiff” by Woodley Osborne in “Art matters 5” at DIAA.

Photo courtesy of Deer Isle Artists Association

The Deer Isle Artists Association brings three local photographers to speak at the February 2 “ART matters 5” program, Captured Images. Lydia Osgood Cassatt, Julie Cleveland and Woodley Osborne will discuss their work at 1:30 p.m. at the DIAA Gallery in the village.

The ART matters program has, since 2015, aimed to encourage communication between artists and the community by showing and speaking about their work. DIAA board member Hub White originated and directs ART matters on the first Sunday of the winter months.

“I believe that photography can be an art,” White said in a press release. “From the examples I have seen of these photographers’ work online and in the gallery, I believe they all treat it as such.”

Lydia Osgood Cassatt finds inspiration in the landscape in Maine and what she sees traveling. She works with the Hipstamatic App, an editing program that allows her to create a more painterly and emotional photograph.

Julie Cleveland uses her iPhone for all her work; she considers her process more like painting than photography. She often uses pastels and other media to enhance her work and create a one-of-a-kind image.

Woodley Osborne, a devoted amateur photographer, concentrates on landscape photography, but he has a growing interest in such offbeat shots as a staircase, a wall and a rundown porch. He shows his work regularly at DIAA.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Its more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, photographers, ceramicists and other artists.