The Trippe Gallery will be hosting a retrospective show, “Honoring Lin,” of the work of local photographer Lin Barrett for the month of May. There will be a special opening reception on Friday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walk.
Linda (Lin) Barrett, artist, friend, teacher and mother, died peacefully on December 31, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. As “Lizzie Barrett Photography” and a photography art instructor, Lin put her Masters of Fine Art from Academy of Art University to good use teaching photography for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division since 2010. Her contribution to teaching Kindergarten through 12th grade focused on photography and drawing at Saints Peter & Paul School and Dorchester County Public Schools. Through Lin’s unique teaching skills and personally developed curriculum, she gave many students the confidence to learn to draw.
Although Lin was a master of many art mediums, including drawing, sculpture and painting, photography became Lin’s media of choice. “I picked up at 45 mm Canon AE1 over 25 years ago with a decision to explore black and white imagery and my love of photography never stopped,” she once said. That pursuit grew into printing fiber prints in her darkroom and ultimately hand tinting the prints. For the past 20 years, Lin owned and operated a small photography business that offered hand-colored black and white imagery. Black and White imagery soon made way to capturing color images of still life, children and families.
Lin’s passion for photography and art will live on through her captured images and the skills she instilled in her students. The exhibit will feature a range of her work including images she made while navigating the journey of her illness, which are quite moving. The Trippe Gallery is located at 23 North Harrison Street in the heart of historic Easton. For more information, call 410-310-8727.