Beacon Portrait Project Opens at Howland Library

Artist’s reception Second Saturday, March 14

Photo in "The Beacon Portrait Project" by Meredith Heuer

Photo in ”The Beacon Portrait Project” by Meredith Heuer

The Howland Public Library will present The Beacon Portrait Project, an exhibition of photographs by Meredith Heuer on view in the main library from March 14 through June 14. An artist’s reception and special digital exhibition will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.

When photographer Meredith Heuer moved to Beacon from the West Coast, she embarked on a mission to photograph every resident of Beacon. She has made 100 portraits so far, 20 of which are on display at the Howland Public Library. Heuer’s method for finding her subjects is “a referral system” where each subject recommends the next person to photograph.

By doing so, Heuer said, “I keep out of my own social circle and create a family tree with different lineages for each branch.” Heuer went on to say: “My portraits record a wide cross-section of the citizens of Beacon. From artist to stockbroker to dog walker and the occasional self-proclaimed pirate, these photos give visual expression to this community and in doing so create a catalog of Beacon’s unique moment in history.”

Heuer was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She currently lives in Beacon with her husband, two sons and four chickens. To learn more about Heuer, go to meredithheuer.com.

The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main St. in Beacon. The exhibition is open during regular library hours. Consult the library calendar at beaconlibrary.org.

Photo courtesy of the Howland Public Library


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