3.01.2015

Couple opens Tintype portrait studio and art gallery in Glens Falls

Glens Falls - Wife and husband artists Kate Boyle and Craig Murphy are co-owners of Glens Falls Art, making them partners in business, as well as in life. After they married three years ago, they combined studios. Boyle moved her studio into Murphy's photography in The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls. Since then, they combined creative forces to open Glens Falls Art, a shop and gallery, featuring an authentic tintype portrait studio.

Murphy has been a professional photographer for 20 years and has been creating tintype images using the wet plate collodion process he learned from photographer John Coffer for the past five years. Boyle  is a registered nurse and former Health Center Director at Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson. She began painting in 2004 after taking a class with local artist Tanya White.

The Glens Falls Art Tintype Portrait Studio creates wet plate images that can be passed on from generation to generation. They are created on metal or glass using a sometimes unpredictable and
always fascinating process. Additionally, Craig makes reproduction 19th century daguerreotype cases, molded from actual 19thcentury cases.

“Craig is one of only a handful of people around the world making tintype cases,” Boyle said, “The cases complete the package for most people.”

Glens Falls Art produces Tintype Talks for schools and various organizations. Invented by English artist Frederick Scott Archer in 1851, "Wet Plate" refers to the fact that the metal or glass plate must
be exposed and processed before becoming dry. These images are created the same way prominent 19th century photographers like Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner would have used during the
Civil War.

Murphy will arrange for your group to watch this unique process from start to finish, while providing the historical context, which made "likenesses" so popular at the advent of photography. Talks may be held at the Gens Falls Art studio or offsite.

Boyle and Murphy are proud to showcase not only their own work, but also artwork from the rest of their talented family, including glass, oil and watercolor paintings, local handmade jewelry and prints in the gallery.

Please join us as the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Glens Falls Art to its growing, vibrant arts community. The gallery ribbon cutting is on Tuesday, March 3 at 9:30 am and is free and open to the public.

About Glens Falls Art

Located between Lake George and Saratoga, Glens Falls Art is on the first floor of the historic former McMullen-Leavens Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, NY. The unique architecture of the 1900 square foot
studio makes it an ideal venue for present-day 19th century tintype portraiture. Reservations and more at Glensfallsart.com.

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