Wellfleet, MA – For 35 years, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater has shared stories of humanity’s humor and heartbreak on its stage. This summer the theater presents stories as seen through different eyes in an exhibit of black and white photography by residents of the Lower and Outer Cape. “What’s the Story” is on view June 5-29, with an opening reception on June 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Photographers represented in the exhibition are Mikael Carstanjen, Julia Cumes, Mary Doering, Barbara Ford Doyle, Michael Karchmer, Susan Karchmer, George Michael Lane, Bobby Miller, Joe Navas, Amanda Reed, Rachael Sokolowski, and Alan Trugman. The show is curated by Michael and Suz Karchmer, WHAT’s company photographers since 2012.
Photography has been a constant for the Karchmers since moving to the Cape. Their photos have appeared in Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine, and other publications and they have had several exhibits of their work. In the last few years, Michael and Suz have developed a passion for iPhone photography and have found that it has very much influenced how they approach photography. Over the last year or so, they have offered several community workshops on iPhoneography and have authored a Cape Cod Magazine article called “The Camera in Your Pocket,” about mobile photography.
Michael Karchmer Born and raised in the Houston area, Michael’s educational background is as a research psychologist and he spent most of his career in the Washington, DC, where he worked at Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for Deaf Students. There he took on various research, teaching, and administrative roles, including over a decade as Dean of the Graduate School and Research. Since moving to Harwich with wife Suz following retirement in 2007, Michael has served as President of the Nauset Newcomers and President of the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club. Michael also has been a long-time volunteer for the organization WE CAN.
Suz Karchmer Suz hails from NYC, with stops along the east coast from Vermont to Florida. She landed in Washington, DC, to enroll in Gallaudet Univerity’s Sign Language Interpreter Training program which was followed by a 30-year career specializing in perfomance interpreting, mostly in regional theater and at the Kennedy Center. She also worked at Gallaudet University as a director of several continuing education programs. Her other career was as an event floral designer. Suz served for six years as a member of the Board of WE CAN, the Harwich-based organization serving Cape Cod women in transition. She continues to serve WE CAN as a Special Advisor She currently serves WE CAN as a Special Advisor.
What’s the Story: a black and white photography exhibit
Opening Reception: Saturday June 8, 6-8 p.m.
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
2357 Route 6, Wellfleet
508-349-9428 | www.what.org