Anyone who has walked through a Civil War battlefield will likely be able to identify with an exhibition of new photographs by Larry Stuart on view in St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The photographs, made during Stuart’s weeklong residency in Virginia’s Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 2011, are attempts to capture the strange and sometimes unexpected emotions visits to these sites can evoke.
“Today, the battlefields are beautiful, tranquil examples of central Virginia countryside, but we know they hold stories of sadness, horror, bravery, courage, sacrifice, rage, fear and relief,” Stuart wrote in an artist’s statement. “I tried to listen to these fields and capture with my images the emotional essence of the stories that are still being written.”
To complement the show, called “Sacred Scars, Shadowed Ground,” the Quick Center will host a performance from singer Jose Andrade of Civil War-era songs. – Colin Dabkowski
“Sacred Scars, Shadowed Ground” – When: Through May 31. Where: Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University. Admission: Free. Info: 375-2494 or www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.