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Two new exhibitions will open at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) this week. On Friday, February 8, spring comes early to East Avenue when the mansion's conservatory and palm house will be filled with thousands of flowering bulbs for the annual exhibition "The Dutch Connection." The event follows Mr. Eastman's tradition of filling the house with blooms, including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, and azaleas. Tropical orchids will be on display courtesy of the Genesee Region Orchid Society. It remains open through February 24.

On Saturday, February 9, the new photo exhibition "Silver and Water" will open in the Eastman House's Brackett Clark and South galleries. The installation, which consists of 19 very large prints by Los Angeles artist Lauren Bon, links the mountains of Southern California and the historic photographic industry of Rochester, NY, through an exploration of their shared connections to two basic elements: silver and water. Silver and water refer to the interconnected settlement of the American West, financing, mining, photography, the silver screen, and Hollywood. The prints are a product of the Liminal Camera, a gigantic pinhole device made out of a shipping container that contains both the camera operators and a processing facility. See the show through May 28.

The Eastman House is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5-$12, and free to members and kids age 12 and under. For more information, call 271-3361 or visit eastmanhouse.org.

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