A rare black-and-white photograph of the late David Bowie titled, “The Archer,” captured by Canadian rock-and-roll photographer John Robert Rowlands, was one of the star attractions at the recent gallery opening at TreeHouse Studios in Plymouth. Rowlands’ images of Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix were also shown.
The new gallery, located across the street from Memorial Hall, officially opened its doors in June and kicked things off with an impressive showcase of images by several well-known rock-and-roll photographers. The exhibit also featured works by Cape Cod resident Rowland Scherman, who is arguably one of the most important American photographers of the rock era. Scherman displayed a now -legendary blue silhouette of Bob Dylan, which was used for the artist’s first greatest hits collection in 1967. Mr. Scherman won a Grammy award for the cover in 1968.
The space now occupied by TreeHouse Studios was previously home to a business called The Sampler. Built in 1820 by a retired shipbuilder, the building’s beams were repurposed from decommissioned ships. The new tenants, photographer Kristin Hughes-Craig and author J. Marshall Craig, completely renovated the space, replacing linoleum with Pergo wood floors and restoring walls and original beams.
TreeHouse Studios claims to have the largest studio space between Boston and New York City and will be available for rent to photographers and artists. The gallery will also house the offices of the boutique publishing house Quill & Quire. 84 Court St., Plymouth, 508-747-3611