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Details about the Jerome Liebling exhibit

Premium tickets to the opening gala of “A Walk Through Holyoke — 1982,” cost $100, which includes a limited-edition original poster of the photo “Young Women and Baby.”

In addition to a talk by former Liebling student Ken Burns, the April 4 event features a strings performance by the Holyoke Chamber Symphony, an acoustic set by the five-piece Latin band Kultura Boricua and Puerto Rican food from Fernandez Family Restaurant.

Regular tickets to the opening benefit, which do not include the poster, cost $50. Tickets can be purchased at hpov.org/tickets or by calling 322-5636.

There also is an ongoing online auction of an original Jerome Liebling photograph of young girls in Holyoke from the series to benefit the Holyoke Public Library Capital Campaign.

Liebling produced this 16-inch-by-20-inch chromogenic print in the 1980s. The provenance is authenticated by the Jerome Liebling Trust stamp and trustee signature, with an estimated retail value of $5,000. The opening bid started at $950 and bidding will close at midnight on April 5. For information, visit holyokepointsofview.org/auction.

The Liebling photo exhibition is one of a series of art and cultural events that is part of “Holyoke: Points of View,” a new yearly festival highlighting Holyoke’s cultural renaissance, and held throughout April.

Other upcoming events include a display of classic Puerto Rican posters presented by the Puerto Rican Cultural Council; an exhibit of photos of the city taken by young women at Girls, Inc. and inspired by the Liebling series; an exhibit of photos past and present by current Holyoke photographer Jeffrey Byrnes and Bill Ravanesi of Longmeadow, who took photos in the early 80s; and paintings of the city by Gregory Stone.

A juried competition of artists’ renderings for sculptures that incorporate 100-year old glass blocks from the floor of the original Holyoke Public Library stack wing will also be held, among other events.

For more information, visit www.holyokepov.org.



Jerome Liebling’s photographs tell many stories of Holyoke 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

When Jerome Liebling, the internationally acclaimed documentary and realist photographer, died at age 87 in July 2011, family members catalogued and inventoried an enormous archive of photos at his Amherst home. Later on, Liebling’s daughter Rachel told her friend Nina Mankin of Amherst that the archives included a series of images from downtown Holyoke shot in the early 1980s, depicting …

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