The downtown Art and Gift Gallery in North Platte is hosting Robert Brummett as its guest artist of July. Brummett began making photographs nearly 50 years ago and has worked in documentary, corporate, and fine-art photography. He has used 35mm film through 4” x 5” view cameras, and now his “wonder cameras,” as he refers to today’s digital cameras.
Brummett’s show, “Tar Mám Clasach” (“Over the Mountain”), includes a selection of photos he took over the past 30 years during which time he made more than 50 trips back to the Irish-speaking region of West Kerry.
The area is intensely rural and far from the modern cities of Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork.
Irish, sometimes called Gaelic by tourists, is the first language of the people who live there, while English is their second language. The inhabitants of the area farm and fish for a living, with most of them plying more than one trade to make ends meet.
Brummett's photos are guaranteed to draw you deep into the daily lives and culture of these resilient people, show organizer Ron Boerner said.
The photos in this impressive exhibit actually represent only a small portion of the collection of photos taken by Brummett in Western Kerry; a collection which has been hailed as one of the most important archives known to exist about contemporary life in rural Ireland.
Brummett’s show will be displayed in Gallery II of the Art and Gift Gallery during regular visitor hours through July.
The Art and Gift Gallery is located downtown on the bricks, at 516 N. Dewey. It is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.