Before you get caught up in the revelry that is Saint Patrick’s Day in Wilmington, you have a unique opportunity to learn a bit about his homeland.
Photographer Pat Crowe, of Newark, has been traveling to the country regularly since 1981, camera in hand, and producing memorable images. So has his son, Pat Crowe II of Middletown, also a photographer. Together, they’ll show recent work in “A Father & Son’s Ireland” at Gallery 919 Market, which opens March 1.
“When I was a teenager, my father would tell me stories of his travels in Ireland in the 1930s,” says the senior Crowe. “These interesting tales would also include bits and pieces about our ancestry in the County Clare. This was enough to inspire me to go there for the first time in 1981, and I quickly fell for Ireland—especially the people. I also decided that I wanted to put these gracious people down on film, and so the project began. Ten trips later and hundreds of images made in all 32 counties, I am still captivated by this wonderful country and continue to explore with my camera.”
Those images include portraits of priests and nuns, farmers and workers, as well as landscapes—farms, harbors, lakes and castles. And they are as enchanting as you would expect.
If you recognize the name, that’s because the award-winning elder Crowe was a longtime photographer for The News Journal. He left there in 1990 to pursue commercial photography, which he and son Pat II have done successfully for many years.
The show runs through March 24, and there will be an artist reception March 4 (Wilmington’s First Friday) with live music from 4:30-8 p.m. Gallery 919 Market, 919 N. Market St. in Wilmington. For more, call 229-3266