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Gallery at Hallmark to close, shows for professionals to go on

David Turner, an instructor at the Hallmark Instute of Photography, center, talks to a group of visitors to Saturday's opening of the exhibit called Collected Visions , works by Hallmark faculty, at the Gallery at Hallmark. 

09/9/12   rop  Geoff Bluh

David Turner, an instructor at the Hallmark Instute of Photography, center, talks to a group of visitors to Saturday's opening of the exhibit called Collected Visions , works by Hallmark faculty, at the Gallery at Hallmark. 09/9/12 rop Geoff Bluh Purchase photo reprints »

TURNERS FALLS — It seems the current show at the Gallery at Hallmark will be its last.

The space rented by the Hallmark Institute of Photography at the corner of Avenue A and Third Street showcases student artwork with occasional shows by professional photographers.

According to Hallmark owner Premier Education Group’s corporate office, Premier’s lease has expired and student work will be displayed on-campus in future.

“It works better, logistically, for our staff and students to hold gallery shows at our own facility. We will also continue to hold periodic gallery shows for other professional photographers at the school’s two buildings,” according to an unattributed email received in response to questions through new Hallmark President Deb Carson.

According to the email, the school has extensive gallery space in its two buildings by the industrial park on Millers Falls Road and the corporation has no financial reasons for closing the gallery.

The original Hallmark gallery, the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography occupied three Avenue A storefronts until its closure following Premier’s purchase of the school from then-president George Rosa III in the spring of 2009.

Premier reopened the space at 85 Avenue A as the Gallery at Hallmark in September 2009.

The work of this month’s graduating class is currently on display, with the exhibit set to close Oct. 28.

The gallery is open 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:

ccurtis@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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