The Southern Finger Lakes region is known for its natural beauty and world famous sites including Keuka and Seneca Lakes, Watkins Glen gorge and racetrack, the Mark Twain Study, numerous wineries, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Those of us who live locally have surely seen the touristy photographs of these locations and likely have enjoyed documenting our own visits to these places with our cameras and cell phones. An Intimate View proposes to expand this personal view by emphasizing the not-so famous parts of the Southern Finger Lakes. My journey through the four counties of Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler and Tioga led me to discover the places and things that speak to me (sometimes in whispers) about living in this area.  With these photographs, I explore the familiar to discover the unfamiliar that surrounds us everyday. I invite you to look, look closely, look again and again.

Fifteen selections from the slide show at right will be printed and exhibited in August at various venues in the four counties. An exhibition later in the year will unite the photographs into one show open to the public.  Please check exhibition schedule for information.

Jan Kather
Summer, 2011

Selections from An Intimate View were on exhibit from January - June 2012 at the Chemung County Transportation Center in downtown Elmira.

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Arnot Mall: An Intimate View

Artist Crossroads Project
is made  possible, in part,
with public funds from
New York State Council on the  Arts' Decentralization Program,
administered  locally by

The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes



adj \ˈin-tə-mət\

Definition of INTIMATE
a : intrinsic, essential b : belonging to or characterizing one's deepest nature
: marked by very close association, contact, or familiarity <intimate knowledge of the law>
a : marked by a warm friendship developing through long association <intimate friends> b : suggesting informal warmth or privacy <intimate clubs>
: of a very personal or private nature <intimate secrets>

noun \ˈvyü\

Definition of VIEW
: extent or range of vision : sight <tried to keep the ship in view> <sat high in the bleachers to get a good view>
: the act of seeing or examining : inspection; also : survey <a view of English literature>
a : a mode or manner of looking at or regarding something b : an opinion or judgment colored by the feeling or bias of its holder <in my view the plan will fail>
: scene, prospect <the lovely view from the balcony>
: the foreseeable future <no hope in view>
: a pictorial representation