This photography is by Heather Donlan, and the new show of her work at the Schumacher Gallery at Westover School on South Street in Middlebury has an appropriate title: “Ballerina in the Everglades.”
Donlan, who graduated from the school in 1991, has a bachelor of arts degree from University of Puget Sound.
In her artist’s statement for “Ballerinas in the Everglades,” Donlan writes that she got the idea at her daughter’s ballet classes.
“I initially thought I would love to photograph these ballerinas with animals such as elephants, zebras and giraffes … Months later, on a trip to Thailand, I was marveling in the beauty of the vast rice fields and recognized the resemblance to that of the vast open space of the Everglades. ... I began to wonder what it would look like to put a graceful ballerina in the middle of this wildly open terrain,” she writes. “There are no roads where I photograph and the land is only accessible by airboat. ... It can be very nerve-wracking when we pass by a 10-foot alligator on the right side of the airboat.”
The show will be up until Thursday, Feb. 28, and then again from Friday, March 15, to Saturday, March 23. It will not be open to the public from March 1 to March 14 because school won’t be in session.
Gallery hours are weekdays noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.
Visitors must access the gallery at the main entrance of the school.