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.


Hidden in Plain Sight: An exhibit of the photographic work of Thomas J. Nanos

November 9 – December 29, 2016

couplers_resizedRailroads can be a somewhat unexciting photographic subject – large machines traversing ribbons of steel passing through the world in plain sight.  But if one looks deeper into the scenery of the railroad, they can find some gems of art hiding right there in front of their eyes – in plain sight.  The term “deeper” doesn’t necessarily singularly mean a microscopic look at a particular detail of the railroad, but can also be defined as looking at the railroad from a different viewpoint all together.  Whether that is the viewpoint of someone working on the train and what they see, or the perspective of someone in the distance, absorbing the landscape before them, which just happens to have a train rolling through it.

Tom Nanos’ dedication to the art of photography had ebbed and flowed until late 2001 when he began photographing railroad operations.  Mixing his passion for photography with a childhood love of railroads has proven to be the right formula to sustain his interest.  Over the years he has shot a variety of media: black & white and color, print and slide, and in  35mm and medium formats.  At present, he primarily shoot digital, but occasionally breaks out the Rolleiflex for some medium format black & white.  When he shoots film, he processes it himself. Website: nanosphoto – The Day and Night Photography of Thomas J. Nanos

An exhibition celebration / opening will be held Wednesday, Nov 9 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in the Oliver O. Jensen Gallery. Free, all welcome.


Previous Exhibitions

Railroads and the American Industrial Landscape: Ted Rose Paintings and Photographs
“Ted Rose (1940–2002) dedicated much of his career to artistically capturing the railroad in American life and culture.
May 28 – October 23, 2016

Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Artwork by members of the Essex Art Association
November 6 – December 29, 2015

The Railroad Photographs of Jim Shaughnessy
Jim 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. Curated by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisc.
June 25 – October 25, 2015

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

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