Gallery featuring work of two prominent photographers with local ties

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Mele

The work of two prominent photographers with local ties, Elizabeth Ann Kahane and Nicholas Mele, will be featured in Salve Regina’s summer gallery exhibition, “The Face of Grace: Photographic Portraits.”

Both artists will attend the opening reception, scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery. Exhibit hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 through Friday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 and noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug. 20.

Kahane came to her gallery subject through a lifelong commitment to special needs children and a heartfelt involvement in AHRC New York City’s annual “Special Night for Special Children.” Her portraits of students at the AHRC Central Park Early Learning Center approach them with dignity and delight. Kahane explores their specialness as she reveals the wonder, silliness and poignancy of each individual child. After years of enthusiastic support for the arts of New York City, she has translated her passions to the Newport Art Museum, where she serves on the board of directors.

Well-known in Newport, Mele is an East Coast-based photographer who specializes in portraiture of all kinds. From capturing stills on movie sets to taking concert shots of rock musicians to snapping partygoers in action, he brings a joyous spontaneity to his focus on confident people in the social spotlight. Mele’s work has been featured in publications such as Interview, Town & Country, Quest, Manhattan Magazine and Vanity Fair. His photographs in this exhibit are drawn from his intimate understanding and long documentation of America’s last grande dames and Newport’s society families in the context of their architectural and domestic settings.

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