Chelsea photographer Darlene DeVita hosted
her “People of Chelsea” exhibit Monday night at City Hall.
The exhibit featured individual
black-and-white photographs that DeVita had taken in the city. In the text
underneath the photo, the subject expressed his/her opinions and thoughts about
Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson and Police
Capt. David Batchelor, one of Chelsea High School’s greatest all-around
athletes, were among those featured in the exhibit.
Bill Carriere, who works full time at Home
Depot in Chelsea, said he was “incredibly honored” to have his photo included
in the exhibit.
“I’m proud to be among all the diversity and
all the photos and wonderful stories that have been highlighted here,” said
Carriere. “Darlene’s work is really amazing. She’s so passionate about this
Sarah Putnam, a photographer who assisted
DeVita as a Spanish language interpreter and editor of the interviews, said, “I
love her work. She’s a very good photographer. She has a great eye and we just
had so much fun working together.”
DeVita, who has lived in Chelsea for 15
years, said the exhibit was the culmination of a three-year project. She has
been a photographer for 30 years, having first been inspired by a teacher,
Byron Baldwin, at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C. “I owe my
photographic career to him,” said DeVita.
Councillor-at-Large Calvin Brown and Chelsea
Police Community Engagement Specialist Dan Cortez joined residents in
congratulating DeVita on her inspiring exhibit.
“I’ve been getting a very good response,”
said DeVita, who helped launch the Chelsea Art Walk. “I love Chelsea and
everything that is going on in the city. I want to see Chelsea stay as the
great community that it is.”
Silvia Lopez-Chavez, a mural artist, said of
her friend Darlene’s work: “I love the fact that she’s showcasing the beautiful
people of Chelsea. There is such a variety of groups and people and it is nice
to be able to connect the community through art. She’s a really good
photographer and I got the opportunity to collaborate with her creating the
banners in the city using her photographs.”
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