'Barcelona' - Grace Hopkins

“Photographs That Paint Themselves: The Art of Grace Hopkins” will be on view at the Maser Gallery in Falmouth May 29 through June 30. Although they look like abstract paintings, Ms. Hopkins’s photographs, including “Barcelona” (above) are not manipulated.

An exclusive showing of the art of Grace Hopkins will be on display at the Maser Gallery at Falmouth Community Television from May 29 through June 30. The public is invited to attend the show’s opening reception on Sunday, May 29, from 3 to 5 PM.

Ms. Hopkins was born in Hyannis and grew up splitting time between New York City and Wellfleet. She attended Friends Seminary in New York City for high school and then Hampshire College in Amherst. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

After her father, celebrated artist Budd Hopkins, died in 2011, Ms. Hopkins returned to the family home in Wellfleet full time to work on his estate. She is planning a major retrospective of her father’s paintings for a traveling exhibit which will begin in the summer of 2017. Now living in Truro, Ms. Hopkins is the manager of the Berta Walker galleries in Provincetown and Wellfleet.

Of her work, Ms. Hopkins says, “They are photographs, but people think they are paintings. Technically, they are straight photographs taken of actual things that exist in the world and are not manipulated, but they look like and feel like abstract paintings. Emotionally, they are all about painting. I travel down alleys and into the dark corners of world people avoid to find the exquisiteness in the horrid. Color is crucial to me. I believe in the power of color and how it affects mood. I want people to walk into a roomful of my photographs and feel surrounded by the color and the warmth that emanates from them. In addition, I want people to have the bold composition of color, shadow, lights and blacks challenge them to find their footing within the picture.”

As an artist and photographer, Ms. Hopkins has exhibited extensively on the outer Cape, and at many New England venues as well as Florida and New York. This is her first time exhibiting in the Falmouth area and her first show at the Maser Gallery.

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