It's been interesting to see over the past three years how the different work selected by Rita and Len have interplayed with the bustle of the shop and the neighbourhood in general.  Sarah Stonehocker's serene black and white photos of Lake Manaro on the South Pacific Vanuatu island of Ambae feels so right at this time.  If her aim was to bear witness, that's been achieved with amazing lightness.  One feels deeply absorbed by the images - at an intimate promixity while at the same time leaving the scene captured undisturbed.  We are transported and immersed.  And then deposited back onto Main Street with the imagery still lingering.

SERIES SYNOPSIS:  This series documents the journey to Lake Manaro, a crater lake at the volcanic summit of Ambae, an island in Vanuatu. Following the Lui family, the series juxtaposes the stark and sacred lake with the soft and vibrant warmth of its keepers, the Mwerabuto and Tagaro lineages of Ambae.

ARTIST BIO:  Sarah Stonehocker is a Canadian amateur photographer. She was born in Mzuzu, Malawi and lived in Vanuatu for most of her childhood. Inspired by the concept of bearing witness, Sarah seeks out images that invoke a larger meaning about her subjects and our experience of witnessing them.

To view more of Sarah's stunning photography, please use the links below:

MEET SARAH:  Thursday April 7, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at The Bean