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Charlotte Amalie
Wednesday, July 17, 2024


May 14, 2002 – An exhibition of recent work by St. Thomas photographer Greg Miller will open at Alexander's Café on Friday with a meet-the-artist champagne reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
"Our Island, Our Home" is the theme of the pictures Miller has chosen for the show. His black-and-white images focus on the culture and the architecture of the Virgin Islands.
A part of each work is the artist's matting of colorful hand-dyed fabric. Miller has experimented with various ways to present his photographs "in order to create interest, as well as to enhance the universal feelings generated by them," a release states. "The dyed cloth borders of the framed pieces, through the mix of fabric and color, amplify the impact created by the black-and-white photos and, in addition, soften their edges."
A civil engineer in his first profession, Miller has photographed images at locations around the world where he has worked over the last decade as volunteer with EMI Inc., an organization that provides engineering and architectural services to agencies in developing nations.
His EMI volunteer work has involved him in school construction projects in Bolivia and Borneo, a hospital in India, a college Haiti and an agricultural training station in Zambia. He recently returned from Liberia, where he worked on the design for an orphanage.
His travels as an engineer have provided inspiration for his work as a photographer. "Everywhere I have been, I have met people who are truly wonderful, very inspiring, in spite of their lack of education, money and even the basic necessities of life," he says. "Meeting them has given me an enormous feeling that all human beings are brothers and sisters."
Miller recently opened his own small gallery, The Colors of Black and White, in the Lumberyard complex on St. John. His work also is represented at The Color of Joy on St. Thomas. He was among the Virgin Islands artists who took part in Carifesta VII, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, on St. Kitts.
The public is invited to the opening reception at Alexander's on Friday. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne, a cash bar and a drawing for a gift from the artist.
Alexander's Café features works by a different artist each month. Miller's show will hang through June 13. All of the works on display are available for purchase.
The Frenchtown restaurant serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily except Sunday. For reservations, which are recommended, call 774-4349.

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