Starting Friday at CEPA Gallery (617 Main St.), you can choose your own adventure: a walk into the untamed forests of North America; an exploration of the strange dynamics of new friendships; or a tour through the contested landscape of modern-day Ukraine. Visitors also can take in CEPA’s annual members’ exhibition, a consistently intriguing sampling of new work by regional photographers that ranges from the staunchly traditional to the wildly experimental.
Last year’s members’ show winner was Patti Ambrogi, who, in CEPA tradition, is the focus of her own solo exhibition opening alongside this year’s show. “The Rebel Forest,” according to a release, documents two tracts of land in New York and Canada currently under protection from development and serves as a reflection on environmental challenges.
The gallery’s first-floor space will feature a new photographic series by Valerie Kasinski, “Together We Are,” which explores the connections between new friends and the places they first met. Up on the third floor, Lukia Costello’s photo essay, “As I Wake, I Cry: Revisiting Ukraine,” combines photographs from Costello’s recent trip to Ukraine with family photos and other objects to “reveal the emotional story of one artist’s road to cultural identification.”
The exhibitions open with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday and run through Feb. 28.