*Text used from The Puddington Post by Pearl Macek, December 29, 2016
As a professional photographer, Clint has created ad campaigns for the likes of Jaguar and Porsche, while Kelly is a creative director and producer. The husband-and-wife team became involved with IMC when they played characters in the company’s 2015 Nutcracker performance. Kelly, a ballroom dancer, took Clint to a rehearsal, which is when he realized that the building could use a bit of a face-lift. Enthusiastic about the organization’s talent and potential, the couple began brainstorming ways to expand its presence, and offered to help create a marketing campaign that would both enlighten its viewers and attract potential donors.
With help from benefactors and volunteers, Clint Clemens, the photographer who, along with his wife, Kelly, came up with the idea for the installation, started shooting in Spring 2016. Installation began in November. By the end of January 2017, about 25 photographs cover the studio’s various windows and walls. Vivacious and stunning, the dancers spring off the walls in Washington Square with enough spirit to make viewers wonder what’s going on inside. Equally important, though perhaps less obvious to passers-by, is the statement about commitment to community that’s part of the IMC mission. That dedication was an essential part of getting this project off the ground, as was the spirit of collaboration – it was one art form helping another.
Clint Clemens and his collaborator Bill MacGowan, hung seven images of our dancers in our building at 3 Charles Street, off Washington Square. Our entrance is now graced by photos of Katie Moorhead and of Clint’s granddaughter Emmy, while the lobby is hung with stunning pictures of Brooke DiFrancesco, Tara Gragg, Lauren Difede, GlenLewis and Shane Farrell. Our friends at the Washington Square Cafe purchased an image featuring Brooke DiFrancesco which now hangs in the entrance.
Despite their ethereal appeal, an incredible amount of effort went into organizing, executing, editing, printing, and finally installing these images meant to highlight Island Moving Company, which rehearses near Washington Square in Newport. The neighborhood itself is quickly becoming the city’s arts district thanks to the historic Jane Pickens Theater, ongoing renovation of the Opera House Theater, and opening of several galleries. Now, this remarkable installation – with it’s stunning, black-and-white photos that span massive upper-story windows – brings the story of the Island Moving Company, along with the neighborhood,
immediately into view.
Many thanks to all who helped with the shoot, as well as our generous underwriters who helped make this vision possible:
Photo Shoot Sponsor: Donald and Jana Jagoe
Photo Shoot Sponsor: Clint and Kelly Clemens
Washington Square Sponsor: Donald and Jana Jagoe
Washington Square Sponsor: Nancy Peresta
Washington Square Sponsor: Bobby Doherty, Riky Nuenighoff & Cynthia Sinclair
Front Door Sponsor: Nicola Conraths-Lange & Jens Lange
Front Door Sponsor: John and Prudence Bailey, in honor of Olivia
Lobby Door Window Sponsor: The Van Pelt Family
Medium Panel Sponsor: The Palmer Girls
Small Panel Sponsor: Carol Ward
Small Panel Sponsor: Frank Barbosa
Small Panel Sponsor: The Younes Family
Second Floor Panels Sponsor: Sarah and Donald Libbey
Seth Wood – Photography assistant; Shauna McGuire, Miki Ohlsen – Production Assistants; Pearl Macek- Videographer / Journalist; Mitsi Dupre – Head Shot Hair Stylist; William Heydt – Watercolor portrait of Miki / Rosecliff Nutcracker; MAC Designs – Printer; John Carr – – Set Construction; Matt Landman / L & L. Property Services – Set Construction
Come take a look!