Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mark Your Calendars

Here's something to look forward to in the new year. On Saturday, January 14, a new photographic exhibition, entitled No Parking: The Alleys and Garages of Hudson, is opening at the Hudson Opera House.

Photo: William Hellermann
No Parking features the work of three local photographers--Lisa Durfee, William Hellermann, and Peter Spear--who "find unconventional beauty beyond Hudson's well-trafficked streets." Quoting from the press release:
Exploring the parallel realities that exist in the city, No Parking features photographs dating back nearly two decades. . . . While major roads such as Warren Street offer a panoply of architectural spectacle to enjoy, No Parking tells the story of those small streets that run parallel to the larger thoroughfares, and the hidden barns, garages, storehouses, and studios nestled along them.
"I happened to notice in the summer of 1998 that gentrification had unmistakably taken off in Hudson," William Hellermann recounted to fellow photographer Valerie Shaff. "However, by contrast, I found that the garages were often more visually interesting than the buildings on the main thoroughfares. They have an accidental beauty."
No Parking offers viewers the rare opportunity to travel back to a time in Hudson's not-so-distant past with work from three of the most talented photographers living in the city today.
The opening reception for No Parking takes place on Saturday, January 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.


  1. This is great. I hope we consider what these parallel realities mean to the "life" of our city -- and its politics. Thank you HOH for the reminder.

  2. Sounds great, very good photographers. Used to walk the alleys in the old days with Kim and his dog, Hudson, and marvel at the structures. Look forward.

  3. As a Hudson native, I have always been fascinated by the alleys in Hudson. My grandfather used to tell stories of coming into Hudson with a horse and wagon, traveling the alleys as well as the main streets, getting a loaf of warm bread and falling asleep on the way home to Livingston, as the horses knew exactly the route home. The rocking of the wagon was comforting as was the knowledge of the supplies contained in the wagon. Other than Simpsonville, my all time favorite, is Partition Street which makes me feel like I have stepped back in time. Look forward to the exhibit.