Pawtucket's Usher exhibits 'Ice Abstractions'

Pawtucket's Usher exhibits 'Ice Abstractions'

PROVIDENCE - Photographer Aaron Usher, a board member of the Pawtucket Preservation Society and the Blackstone River Theater, will have his work featured in "Ice Abstractions: Photographs by Aaron Usher," Oct. 3 through Nov. 6, at the BankRI Pitman Street Gallery, 137 Pitman St., Providence.

For more than 30 years, Usher has been curating and installing art exhibits at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Pawtucket City Hall Gallery and the former Silver Bullet Gallery in Providence. He also spends quite a bit of time behind the camera photographing architectural assignments for architects, interior designers and real estate developers all over New England.

A native Rhode Islander, Usher won a camera in a subscription contest when he was a delivery boy for The Evening Bulletin in the late 1960s. That camera started him on a path toward a career in photography. He earned a bachelor's degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology, and spent his junior year studying at Salzburg College in Austria. He lives in Pawtucket with his wife, Lynn, an art teacher.

Looking for a something different from his normal workday, Usher discovered ice crystals 20 feet from his studio door. "I literally stumbled over the crystals as I drove into my studio," he explained. "I was about to drive over some, stopped, went around and began to shoot." The curves, abstract shapes and intriguing textures captivated him and soon he found himself exploring the frosty world of ice crystals in black and white photography.

Shot over the better part of three winters, Usher had a limited window of time to capture the images. Frozen early mornings after a rain were the best times. As soon as the sun came out to warm the ground, the ice crystals vanished.

The gallery exhibit hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact or call 401-456-5015, ext 1330.