Exhibit - "The Privilege of Breath" by Ipswich Photographer Cynthia August

Thursday, Nov 26, 2020 at 12:00pm

Paula Estey Gallery
3 Harris Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Please call before attending any community events. It is likely that they will be postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus. You can find CDC coronavirus information at cdc.gov/coronavirus; AARP has additional resources at aarp.org/coronavirus.

Paula Estey Gallery, A Center for Art & Activism, hosts a stunning solo exhibition called "The Privilege of Breath" by Ipswich photographer Cynthia August through November at the Center’s gallery.

The public is also invited to take part in a special Artist Talk with Cynthia August and her subjects on Zoom on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6-7 p.m. at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2941014272 with the passcode: pegcenter.

The title of this show comes from the final sentence of the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: "Our life upon this Earth is a gift; it is our duty to respect what we have been given – and the one who gives us breath."

"I’m a huge fan of Cynthia’s art," said Paula Estey. "Her conceptual, magic realist style reveals moments of communion with a spiritual quality, indicating the presence of divinity. During the turmoil of current times, she draws something special from her muses to evoke peace, resiliency, and the healing qualities of nature."

"I’m not ready to bring color back," August explains of her decision to create this exhibition using black and white photography. The photos, available in a variety of sizes, are printed via dye sublimation on semigloss white aluminum. "This show is in black and white out of respect for those who have struggled to breathe this year, and to remind us that there is still much work to be done in order to heal our planet and its people. But I am determined to show that the light still exists, working in concert with the dark to define what is hopeful and good,’" August added.

August is an award-winning photographer who shoots commercial photography and portraits as her "day job" at www.cynthiaaugust.com. She draws upon her background in costume and set design as well as her love of nature for these conceptual and fine art images that use Old Master styles and allegorical themes located in the heart of forests, fields, and bodies of water. She accepts private commissions and offers sessions to support personal transformation and healing post-trauma.

"You can see Cynthia's artwork online on the gallery’s website or at the gallery. We have taken all steps to provide a safe and clean environment, and masks are required," Estey said. The online Virtual Gallery is available at www.paulaesteygallery.com and at August’s fine art website www.luxetumbraart.com.

A love offering donation is gratefully accepted to support programming at www.paypal.me/pegcenter.

Date: November, 2020

Hours: The show is open for in-person viewing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information https://www.paulaesteygallery.com/

This event listing provided for the Newburyport community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. If you have an event to share, let us know!

Images provided by AmericanTowns.com, Ticketmaster

More from AARP in Newburyport

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

You can find CDC’s latest coronavirus information at cdc.gov/coronavirus; AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Newburyport
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner