Oliver Jensen Gallery

A room at the former Dickinson Witch Hazel bottling plant, now known as River Valley Junction has been transformed into the Oliver Jensen Gallery, which opened in July 2008. Oliver was one of the founders and chief visionary of The Valley Railroad Company and for many years President and/or Chairman of the Company.


The Railroad Photographs of Jim Shaughnessy

June 25 – October 25, 2015

Jim Shaughnessy - Plate 85Jim Shaughnessy is heralded in the world of railroad photography as an innovator, artist and documentarian as the age of the steam locomotive gave way to modern diesel engines. His work is the subject of a book called The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy.

The exhibition includes 24 framed 11×14 black-and-white prints on 16×20 mounts. The exhibition also includes two large, unmounted prints, descriptions of all the images, and biographical information about Shaughnessy. It was curated by the  Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisc.

There will be an opening reception, free to the public, on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4 – 8 pm

Plate 85: Canadian National Spadina Avenue engine-servicing facility, Toronto, Ontario, March 10, 1957

A low winter sun illuminates Canadian National steam locomotives at the company’s Spadina Avenue engine-servicing facility in downtown Toronto, as they wait to be dispatched on afternoon passenger runs out of the city. After complete dieselization of the CN, this service area was closed and is now the site of the spectacular CN Tower, one of the tallest freestanding structures in the world.


Previous Exhibitions

Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Artwork by members of the Essex Art Association
November 14 – December 28, 2014

A Dozen Miles in a Decade: The Valley Railroad from Old Saybrook to Haddam – 2003-2013
An exhibit of the photographic work of Thomas J. Nanos
May 30 – October 26, 2014

Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Artwork by members of the Essex Art Association
November 9 – December 29, 2013

On the Job
A Photo Essay by Caryn B. Davis
June 20 – October 27, 2013

Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Artwork by members of the Essex Art Association
November 16 – December 27, 2012

Requiem for Steam
The Railroad Photographs of David Plowden
June 24 – September 5, 2011

Remembering Steam Locomotives
by Frank Barry
June 3 – August 29, 2010

Locomotive Quarterly Covers
by Robert Hauschild
June 25 – October 12, 2009

Pinhole Revisited
The Photography of Brandon Dole
May 13 – June 21, 2009

Original Artwork for “Old 97 Saves the Day”
Gretchen Hatfield
Nov 22 – Dec 28, 2008

Faces of Essex Steam Train & Riverboatonline
Caryn B. Davis
July 13 – Oct 10, 2008