Who Am I? Bringing Focus

Project: Identity Photography Virtual Gallery

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For the young, emerging artists in this group,

Project: Identity not only offered opportunity to explore a new creative medium, but a chance to gather safely in a group of their peers after a long period of isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The transition required adjustment and a re-learning of old social skills while at the same time learning new technical skills in photography. As the weeks went on, we saw students growing more comfortable and confident with the camera, as well as with each other.

Throughout the ten-week program, students explored:

+ Photography as a form of self-expression and communication, encouraging students to seek the subjects that inspired them to tell their own meaningful stories.

+ Lessons, including topics such as: camera functionality, composition, landscape, portraiture, long exposure night photography, digital photo editing using Photoshop, and more.

+Weekly critiques, learning how to both give and receive constructive criticism of their work.

Project: Identity culminated in a final exhibition of work at the Conservatory at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Each student presented three large-scale photographs to exhibit and had the opportunity to talk with patrons about their concepts and methods. The exhibition was a celebration of work and newfound friendships cultivated during their ten weeks together in the program. A digital version of this exhibition is available below.

Please enjoy this short video of Project: Identity Photography, created by program intern Eloni:


Madison Dunn


Hannah Easop


Evan Marrero

Evan Marrero

Tyler O

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Elyanna Ocasio-Lombardi


Sophia Schnatz

Sophia Schnatz


Eloni Chapman Brown

Photography Intern

Eloni Chapman Brown is a sophomore at Monticello High School. Eloni was thrilled to apply the skills she learned as a past Project: Identity Photo student to her internship in the program this year. One of her greatest achievements in this role was the creation of the 2021 P.I. Photo class video, seen above.

Sharone Reef

Assistant Teaching Artist

Sharone Reef is an Israeli born artist, who came to the USA over 30 years ago, after serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. A mother of two young adults, Sharone spends most of her free time creating as an illustrator, writer, painter and photographer. Sharone has taught K-5 locally for the past 17 years. She  also taught bi-lingual special needs students in Israel from 2013-14. Sharone has worked as a teaching artist across Bethel Woods programs for several years and enjoys sharing her passion for art with students of all ages.

Candace Rivela

Program Manager

Candace Rivela has been the Lead Teaching Artist in the Museum Education and Creative Programs department at Bethel Woods since 2018. She received a BS in Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute. Candace is a licensed, board-certified Creative Arts Therapist and brings her unique perspective on the healing power of the arts to her work at Bethel Woods.

Stacy Roerig

Lead Teaching Artist

Stacy Roerig has a bachelors degree from Marywood College and a master’s degree from Wilkes University. She currently teaches art, photography, yearbook, computer graphics, and beginning game design classes at Honesdale High School. Stacy has a passion for the arts with a focus in photography. She enjoys sharing her passion with her students and watching them grow creatively. This year, Stacy was the Lead Teaching Artist in both our adult and teen photography programs.

Funding for Project Identity Photography has been provided in part by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation and by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts members and donors. To learn more about supporting programs at Bethel Woods, please click here.