Mary Ann Glass
Mary Ann’s work has been described as spiritual and sensual, serious and elegant. She has experimented with a wide range of medium from digital to infrared, manipulated Polaroids, photo montage, photopolymer plates, encaustics, cyanotypes and other mixed media. Her current passion is iPhoneography and cyanotypes.
For the past four years she has become known for teaching workshops on cell phone apps and on cyanotype printing at various venues in the Hudson Valley. In 2019 she was invited to co-teach 2 workshops with master printer Dianne Longley at her Agave Print Studio in Trentham, Victoria, Australia – an iPhoneography/encaustic workshop and another combining iPhoneography with photopolymer printmaking and cyanotypes. While in Australia, she curated an Artist Postcard Exchange between Hudson Valley Artists and 2 artist groups in Australia: North East Artisans in Benalla, Victoria and White Waratah Workshops in Bowral Village, NSW.
Mary Ann grew up in a village in Ohio, attended Ohio State University and the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ and moved to Manhattan to pursue not only a career but the dream of big-city sophistication. Eventually she built up a career at Chase Manhattan Bank, becoming a Vice President and Manager of Employee Communications. After 13 years there, she took a leave of absence and attended the Summer Intensive Program at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana. In 1999, she left her corporate job and settled in the Hudson Valley with her cats and her cameras as a professional photographer.
Mary Ann is one of the founders of RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY, which at was open for 17 years, making it the longest-running gallery in Beacon, before closing August 2020. It had been chosen the Best Gallery in the Hudson Valley for two years in a row by the Hudson Valley magazine. Mary Ann has been invited to attend International Residencies: two at the Miedzynarowe Warsztaty Artystyczne International Residency in Myslenice, Poland and twice at the International Residency at the Red Barn in Beacon, New York. And has been a finalist for a one-month residencies sponsored by the National Park Service Arts Foundation: Death Valley in 2018 and the Gettysburg National Military Park in 2015.
“A photograph must be more interesting than the thing being photographed.” – Gary Winograd.
“For me, a successful photograph must be the thing being photographed and then an elusive something else – a mood, a contradictory energy, a wit -- a nonverbal something that bevels the image. It’s difficult to articulate but you know it when you see it.
I’m fascinated with time. A photo happens in fractions of a second, freezes a moment that never reoccurs, yet is powerfully evocative of that singular moment for a long as that photo exists. A photo oscillates a viewer through time, revealing what is there now and what has always been there and what is no longer there.
Photographers now have at their fingertips very powerful software, beautiful digital papers, and smart cameras that enable us to construct the image in our mind and send it into the world. I love my iPhone – it’s always with me, it’s very smart about exposures, it carries extraordinary apps that help me articulate my world.
But I miss working with my hands in physical processes. So I have turned to one of the oldest 19th century photo processes – cyanotypes, or sun prints. Chemicals are brushed onto paper – watercolor paper, old sheet music, old company ledgers, etc. -- something is laid on top (in my case, weeds), it is put out into the sun for exposure for a few minutes, brought inside and washed with water. So simple. So beautiful.”