Artist's Reception: Friday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mervin Weston, Children Dressed Up for Carnival, Nerja, Spain, 1991
Merv Weston’s candid photos of children are from over 30 different countries, including such diverse lands such as Senegal, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Benin, Nepal, and Colombia. As he says, “They’re all different, yet they’re all the same.” No matter what the cultural context, Weston catches the vitality, yearnings, pleasures and pathos in young people’s lives.
As an adventure traveler, Weston visited over 100 countries, some of them four or five times. Photography was an avocation for Weston, who in 1949 started Weston Associates, Inc., which he describes as the first advertising and public relations firm in New Hampshire. Until he retired 28 years later, the agency grew to be one of the largest in New England. As CEO, he had the luxury of taking the time to explore the world. In addition to his photos, he also produced fifteen documentary films whose subjects included a trek to Mr. Everest, hand-harpooning whales in the Azores, and living with indigenous people in the Amazon.
Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. All gallery events are free and open to the public.