Photography at the FRANK Community Gallery will celebrate the Chapel Hill community with work from professional photographers, as well as their students, from Oct. 5 through Oct. 20.
The FRANK Gallery, formally known as The Franklin Street Arts Collective, began as part of the Click! Photography Festival. It was originally located on Franklin Street, but now has two galleries in University Place. The main gallery attracts visitors as young as 9 years old, like aspiring artist Rosalie Spivey.
“I came here because I really like art and I like to be inspired by art,” Spivey said.
The community gallery, located on the opposite end of the mall near Southern Seasons, will feature an upcoming exhibition, titled “FRANK: inFocus 2019: The Art Gallery as Classroom."
“FRANK: inFocus has evolved into this education component of the FRANK Gallery,” said Barbara Tyroler, a FRANK artist and education outreach coordinator. “It’s an exhibit showcasing the work of different photographers and their students.”
Photography from classes taught at UNC, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and even nonprofit organizations, like GiGi’s Playhouse, will be featured.
“I consider it sort of a re-gift,” Tyroler said, referring to the relationship between her and her students. “They are re-gifting to me the opportunity to gain their trust and have them produce work that’s inspiring. That’s meaningful as an educator.”
Tyroler said that seeing her students grow as they go through the process of getting their work printed and put on exhibit with their artist statements is very fulfilling.
“A lot of them are going ‘Oh no, I can’t do this! I’m not ready for it,' and then all of the sudden, they’re ready for it. There it is,” Tyroler said.