CONTRIVE Exhibition Opens

CONTRIVE, a national juried surreal photography exhibition at the d’Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia’s thirty-year-old art center is open through October 8, 2019. “Walk of the Donan”, one of several works of art from Sam Dobrow’s Zeutropia series is on exhibition. In this work of art, a mystical castle appears haunted by sprites as a suspicious figure approaches. Shrouded in fog with muted earth tones, the mood marries whimsy and mystery.

Sam Dobrow says, “It is an honor to be selected to show “Walk of the Donan” and compete with other talented artists at the CONTRIVE exhibition. I extend my congratulations to the show winners. The winning artists produce amazing work. Please visit their websites and support the arts.”

1st Place: Steven Shpall of Palo Alto, CA for “Rehydrate.” (
2nd Place: Stephen Spartana of Baltimore, MD for “Caress of Maples.” (
3rd Place: Shantel Rich of Chelmsford, MA for “Bodyscape.” (

Sam Dobrow is a contemporary photographic artist who lives and works in the artist village of Coconut Grove, Florida. In the digital darkroom, Sam continues to test the boundaries of photography. All of his artwork begins in the camera and evolves into images with intensely beautiful constructs amplified by his emotions and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants. Whether it is a street scene, portrait or figurative works, Sam captures beauty by presenting subjects shaped by light, framed by strong graphical elements, and emotionally supercharged by the thoughtful choice of color.

According to Sam, the art of photography begins with a feeling, followed by seeing through the camera with anticipation, and ultimately developing an image that speaks to that feeling.