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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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FOR IMMEDIATE
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February 23, 2010

Contact: Steven Leibman or Todd Carroll
sleibman@echovermont.org or tcarroll@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 125 or 131

Downloadable Photos Available at
www.echovermont.org/visitors/photos.html
 

“THE EYE OF SENATOR LEAHY” — A FRONT ROW SEAT TO HISTORY

Unique Photography Exhibition at ECHO, March 13 – May 2

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has served Vermont for 35 years in the Nation’s Capital — years that have given him a front row seat to innumerable historic events and extraordinary access to the world’s most remarkable leaders and cultural icons. At every opportunity, his camera was close at hand to capture the moment. And now, a personally selected collection of his unique images, entitled “The Eye of Senator Leahy,” will be exhibited March 13 to May 2 at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. In addition, at a special ECHO Members-only event on Saturday, March 20, the Senator will lead attendees on an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition.

From the Senator’s over-the-shoulder image of President Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act (protecting women from hidden pay discrimination) to the Senator’s favorite image of a Tibetan man who literally risked imprisonment by publicly showing him a photo of the Dalai Lama, the 52 candid images in the collection present a wide spectrum of many of our time’s most important and fascinating people, conveying a universal sense of humanity. Senator Leahy’s images are keenly sought by the media, and have been featured in such leading publications as the New York Times, U.S. News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time.

“As the son of a printer in Montpelier,” Senator Leahy recalls, “I learned early about the power of the printed word and the printed image, and a lifelong interest in photography was born the first time I picked up a camera. Photographs can at once be both timely and timeless. They enhance our understanding beyond the ability of words alone. They can bridge the gap from generation to generation and breathe life into our history. The essence of leadership and life sometimes is better captured by the lens than by the pen.”

Beyond the movers and shakers of our times, the Senator’s eye has also documented the hopes and dreams of “just plain folks” from around the globe. Senator Leahy comments, “When I have been fortunate enough to visit with presidents or popes, or spend time with locals in another country, sometimes I have also been fortunate enough to have my camera along at just the right moment.”

“The Eye of Senator Leahy” is a rare opportunity for ECHO visitors to experience an inside view of history.
For additional information on this exhibition please visit echovermont.org.

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits, and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit echovermont.org, call 877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

 

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