April 2018 Featured Artist: Dave Saums
Exhibit: April 1 to 29, 2018 at Seacoast Artist Association gallery.
Reception Friday, April 6, 4:00-7:00PM
A lifelong railroad history enthusiast and photographer, Dave Saums will exhibit a variety of both
railroad images and photographs taken from around North America and Europe. While a great deal of
his photographic effort includes current railroad operations, including both freight railroads and
passenger trains in the US, Germany, and England, Dave also shoots images of lighthouses, coastal
scenes, wildlife, barns and remarkable buildings, and rusty old trucks. His photography has won
numerous awards with the Seacoast Artist Association, Andover Artist Association, Northern Vermont
Artist Association, and in the professional arts category at the Topsfield Fair. Photography – and art of
all types – is a constant, a contribution in different ways to the human record. Matching that with a
lifelong interest in history, buildings, and architecture, Dave has a small photographic gallery in an 1870s
brick mill building in downtown Amesbury, Cedar Street Studios. Here, more works can be found,
including scenes from both steam and diesel eras on the railroads, to the spectacular Parliament
buildings along the Danube in Budapest. On occasion, shooting black-and- white film negatives, Dave
also has amassed a collection of railroad negatives dating back to the 1800s (with glass plate negatives),
of New England and New York railroads. Dave is also the editor of the quarterly magazine on Rutland
Railroad (Vermont and New York) history, for the Rutland Railroad Historical Society.
Also on display will be the Feathers and Fur theme show challenge.