Artist sheds new light on Cazenovia's Egypt artifacts

The Gallery at Cazenovia Public Library will soon present a photography exhibition by Central New York artist, Richard Walker highlighting its collection of treasures and artifacts. "Out of the Tomb, Into the Light", a photographic re-discovery of the Cazenovia Public Library's Egyptian collection, will be on display from April 20 to May 29.

"I was delighted to get a call from Patti Christakos of the Cazenovia Public Library last spring, asking me if I would be interested in photographing the library's Egyptian Collection," Walker said. "I jumped at the chance!"

Walker has had a notable career as a commercial still-life photographer, specializing in museum collections and American antiques and memorabilia. Clients and periodicals featuring his work include: Smithsonian Magazine, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Adirondack Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, Adirondack Life, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and many others.

"I've had the enjoyable opportunity of photographing many fascinating objects and collections: from Babe Ruth's bat, to Abraham Lincoln's hat, Geronimo's quiver and arrows, to Doris Duke's diamonds, sea shells, quilts, fishing lures, paintings and pin cushions, and now, the Egyptian treasures in Cazenovia."

Walker's original Cazenovia assignment was to document the library's diverse collection of Egyptian antiquities collected and donated to the library in 1894 by Robert James Hubbard. Hubbard and his son, Robert F., traveled to Egypt with the expressed intent of finding artifacts for the people of Cazenovia and the Cazenovia Public Library. The library's Egyptian collection -- particularly Hubbard's prize treasure, an Egyptian mummy dating from the Greco-Roman period, circa 104 B.C. -- has been a source of community pride and learning for more than 100 years.

For three days last year, Walker worked with library staff and volunteers to photograph each Egyptian artifact, some from multiple angles.

For the current exhibition, Walker chose twenty of his favorite images from the more than 100 photographs he took. Many of the photographs illustrate intricate detailing that captured Walker's attention, rather than documentation of the entire artifact.

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