Featured Artist for June: Kent Phelan

Kent Phelan’s Photographs

Cafe Luna Gallery Opening Friday, June 2 6-8pm

Kent Phelan is a Fine Art photographer who lives and works on Vashon. He has been photographing since he was a teenager, now more than 40 years. Kent received his formal photography education at the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. At the Museum School he studied, among others, the works of the Farm Security Administration photographers of the Great Depression. Instructor Jim Dow’s classes were frequently a roundtable of original photographs of the work of Walker Evans, for whom Mr. Dow had worked. It was at this level that Kent learned that photography as an art form could also be an historical record for posterity.

Kent continued his education after school, studying with photographers John Sexton, Morley Baer, and Bob Kolbrener. During this time his camera of choice was a wooden view camera, utilizing individual sheets of film. He spent time photographing Western landscapes as well as Midwestern farm country. All along, Kent photographed his family life and home towns. Since 2016 he and his wife Teresa have called Vashon home, and he now aspires to begin a new chapter of photographing Island life.