Guest Speaker — Marianna Armata
"To Capture and Create:
The Unique Vision of Marianna Armata"
(Monday, February 06, 2017)
Marianna Armata has been a professional graphic designer for over 30 years, working in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. She is also an international award-winning, published photographer since 2009. For three years running, 2013-15, she was honoured by the Lakeshore Camera Club as their "Photographer of the Year." Her work has appeared in Communication Arts, Canadian Geographic, Photo Life, Photo News, Popular Photography, and Herzstuck.
Born in Poland, she immigrated to Canada as a teenager and graduated from Concordia University with Magna Cum Laude honours in Fine Arts. In recent years, Marianna’s genuine passion for the natural environment and her mastery of photography as an art form have combined to create imagery that speaks volumes about the harmony that can— and should—exist in our modern world between human beings and nature.
Marianna most enjoys macro and conceptual photography and she loves to challenge herself to capture and create something new and distinctive every day. "We are all unique individuals—we each see the world in our own way, and it's our duty to both show and celebrate that difference. It's a sad day when I don't take my camera for a walk," she says.
Marianna’s interest in mushrooms, in particular, began as a child following her parents on their collecting forays in Eastern Europe. Harvesting and eating wild mushrooms has been a tradition in her family for generations. It is not surprising that because of her excellent mushroom images and her graphic design skills, Marianna was chosen to create the 2017 Miraculous Mushroom calendar published by Amber Lotus Publishing. One of her mushroom photos is also being used to promote the documentary film ‘Fantastic Fungi’ by Louie Schwartzberg (http://fantasticfungi.com).
Marianna has participated in two group exhibitions with the Lakeshore Camera Club, one at the Kirkland Library in 2014 and another at the Dollard des Ormeaux Gallery in 2015. In 2016, she had two solo exhibitions of her ‘Macro World’ photography. The first was held in the Beaconsfield Library, and the second at the Villa Beaurepaire, also in Beaconsfield.
Her presentation at the MCC will feature examples from her various portfolios, her macro work, her conceptual portraits and photo collages from a recent "foliage" series.
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