The Howland Public Library presents My Heroes Have Always Been Strong Women, an exhibition of portraits by Markie Baylash. The exhibit will be on view in The Community Room Exhibit Space from May 13th- June 4th 2017. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Saturday May 20th from 5pm – 7 pm. The artist will hold a special Open Studios Weekend preview on Sunday, May 14th from 1-3pm.
Markie Baylash is a Beacon photographer known for his street photography. A local fixture, he can often be seen walking the streets of Beacon, his camera always in hand. “Most of my photographs are taken in Beacon,” he says, because “one should never forget where they are from.” Markie is the photographer behind Humans of Beacon, NY page on facebook and Instagram. His photographs capture the texture and pulse of everyday life in Beacon. Baylash was inspired to take up photography after he met local photographer, Meredith Heuer, when she took his portrait as part of her Beacon Portrait Project. He instantly fell in love with the medium and considers it his true calling.
Markie is returning to the library for his second solo show, My Heroes Have Always Been Strong Women. In this exhibit, Markie once again pays tribute to the beauty and heroism of “everyday strong women”. Although Markie considers himself a street photographer at heart, he has begun to experiment with more formal portraits for this project. The Heroes exhibit is a collection of both posed portraits and candid photography of women the artist knows. “I believe that women possess a soul, spirit, and being that is beyond the understanding of many. I have created a photo exhibit to show this as I see it,” Baylash explains. In these photos the artist attempts to capture the women’s strength and vulnerability. At the end of the exhibit, the women depicted will be invited to take home their portrait.
The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508. The Community Room Exhibit Space is open during regular library hours. Please note the gallery may not be accessible during some library programs. Please consult the library calendar at beaconlibrary.org.