The exhibit is free and open to the public. A slide lecture and opening reception will be held Monday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.
Ake creates portraits and landscape images using the collodium printing process, an historic photographic technique which involves using a large format camera and custom cut glass plates. Invented in 1851, the method involves coating a glass plate with collodium and exposing the plate while it is still wet. Ake is one of a handful of contemporary artists who have revived the collodium process, mixing all the chemicals individually for each exposure.
In addition to presenting the slide lecture at the opening reception, Ake will also visit Linfield classes and demonstrate the wet plate printing process. He holds a BFA from the College of Santa Fe and a MFA from the University of Oregon. Ake participated in the 1999 Oregon Biennial and he has been featured in "Photographys Antiquarian Avant - Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes" as well as "The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes."
The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 12:30 to 4 p.m., and Friday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. To reach the gallery, from 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Keck Drive across from Roths Market and turn right into the first parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2804.