Bent Science

Bent Science will be held every third Thursday at 7:00pm in the Bent Ladder Cider and Wine Tasting Room, possibly forever. And, oh yes – cider. Admission is free – bring your curiosity.

Each month we’ll explore a different topic and expand our understanding of the world around us. Join us for Bent Science at Bent Ladder Cider and Wine – an evening of science at its most intriguing!


Thursday, February 15th, 7:00pm

Visions of the Flowers of Spring (Delira and Excira)

Delira and Excira: a term of Irish origin meaning delighted and excited.

Stephen Tomasko has been photographing gardens since 1989. However, in 2007, as he first began to work in color and then to add supplemental light to the scenes, the imagery took on a life of its own. Time after time, visitors to the studio would gravitate to the prints of the blossoms and exclaim, “It smells like flowers in here!” With encouragement like that, he had little choice but to further focus his efforts photographically selecting and directing the wonders of spring.

The drama unfolds with the flowering trees in the starring roles, the surrounding landscape as the set. Super-charged with heightened fresh spring light and packed edge to edge with natural abundance, the frames are unapologetic blasts of beauty, mystery and sensuality. Nature at its most delira and excira.

Stephen’s presentation will be followed by a book signing of his recent book, Delira and Excira–a beautiful collection of his photography of flowering trees.

About the presenter:  Stephen Tomasko was born in Parma, Ohio in 1966. For over thirty years he has made drawings, paintings and uncompromising straight photographs of the American life and landscape. His work has been displayed and is held in collections throughout the world, including the permanent collection of the Akron Art Museum, which included Tomasko’s work in exhibitions in 2011 and 2016. In 2017, Stephen’s work was on display in the Windsor, Ontario art museum, The Art Gallery of Windsor, and in 2018 a solo show of his photographs will be the inaugural exhibition in the new Paul Brown Museum in Massillon, Ohio. He has been awarded an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and a monograph of his work is published by Shanti Arts Press. Stephen holds a BA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the University of Delaware. He currently makes art full time in Akron, Ohio.