It is a bit ironic that “Open Gates” should be the title of an exhibit in a locked building closed to the public — a very minor casualty of our efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
Photography and Text Exhibition by Danny Schweers,
Buzz Ware Village Center, 2119 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810,
March thru …, 2020.
The Wilmington Art Loop Reception was on Friday evening, March 6, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
These 18×18-inch framed images with engraved text are for sale. Click here to contact us.
Every week — well, most weeks — I write a deeply philosophical prayer, pair it with one of my stunning photographs, and email the resulting Photo Prayer to my hundreds of adoring fans.
Okay, so perhaps these images and prayers are only occasionally philosophical, stunning, and adorable; perhaps only rarely. See for yourself!
A few of the 643 Photo Prayers that I have created since 2007 are on exhibit in Room 3 of the Buzz Ware Village Center during the months of March and April, 2020. At the reception on March 6, Bernadette Donohue and Elisabeth Bard prepared delicious food and satisfying refreshments.
“OPEN GATES” represents what I consider the best of my recent Photo Prayers. The images I email to subscribers once a week are usually just 700 pixels wide, as archived on my PhotoPrayer.com website. Here, the images are 4,050 pixels wide; inked, not pixelated; archival, not transient. The presentation format for this exhibit at The Buzz is something new for me: the text is engraved into black-core matboard using a laser-etching device at NextFab Makers Space. This gives the words the same three-dimensional quality you find on letters chiseled into stone.
I began this Photo Prayer project in 2007 while working at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. I am delighted that Westminster continues to email my prayers to its congregation once a month, and I am fascinated each month to see which of my recent efforts they pick.
These prayers are often philosophical. I studied philosophy for four years, completing the course work for a Ph.D. before deciding the world would be better off with me practicing philosophy rather than teaching it. I’m not saying the world is a lot better off!
Religion? I think of myself as a liberal evangelical Christian. I have been a member of the Episcopal Church since I was baptized in the Pedernales River in Texas in 1973. I currently attend Saints Andrew and Matthew in downtown Wilmington and serve on its vestry. It is an amazingly diverse church racially, and is special in many other ways. While I believe these prayers adhere to some kind of Christian orthodoxy, I am grateful so many people of other faiths, or no faith at all, find my prayers pleasing and, at times, inspiring.
I have been making photographs since 1969. I am currently on the board of the Chris White Gallery, and am a photography instructor at the Delaware Art Museum and Mt. Cuba Center. I am a member of the Brandywine Photo Collective (former chair), the Texas Photographic Society (past president), and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. I have worked most of my life in publishing, including years on the staff of an underground newspaper in Austin, Texas — The Rag — and other publications; years as the owner of a Schweers Typesetting; and six months as managing editor of Image: A Journal of Art and Religion.
This framed art is priced at $167, with 10% of the proceeds going to The Buzz. The vivid prints were made by Eric Russell at Colourworks in Wilmington.
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