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Cover Photo: ©2018 Lee Anne White

Cover Photo: ©2018 Lee Anne White

To hear the voice of Dr. James Southerland is to be transported back to my freshman year of college, to the World Civilization class that met in the Owens Building, now the Student Union Building, on the campus of Brenau University. Soft-spoken, thoughtful and always encouraging, Dr. Southerland was one of my favorite professors and he went on to become a fine academic administrator, as well. Although he retired a few years ago, it is still a treat to see him on campus and around town, and it is an honor to have one of my photographs on the cover of his memoir, Sharecropper's Son: A Journey of Teaching and Learning. Credit for the design goes to Christie Gregory.

The book has just been released, so I'm looking forward to reading about Dr. Southerland's journey--to hearing his voice and stories once again. Copies are available through the Brenau University  website

Article About This Week's Gallery Opening

Brenau University just published a very nice article about the four artists (of which I am one) whose work will be featured in this year's President's Summer Art Series. The exhibit opens this Thursday, May 18, with a reception in Sellars Gallery from 5:30-7:00 pm, which is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain open until July 13.

Other artists include Sarah Claussen, Patricia Fabian and Christie Gregory. CLICK TO READ more about these artists and their work. And then come on by this Thursday evening to meet the artists and see their work in person!

Featured artists include (l-r) Sarah Claussen, Patricia Fabian, Christie Gregory and Lee Anne White.

Featured artists include (l-r) Sarah Claussen, Patricia Fabian, Christie Gregory and Lee Anne White.

A Great Day With a Few of Brenau's Authors

Brenau University hosted its first Alumni Author Showcase yesterday. The day kicked off with alumni and members of the Brenau community at a breakfast meeting that featured a panel discussion with five authors. Afterward, we all headed to the Brenau Trustee Library, where we visited with students, faculty and others, and were able to discuss and sign books.

One of the highlights was simply being able to talk and share stories with other authors about the joys and challenges of writing, publishing and promoting books--as it is rare that we get to spend time with those who do the same kind of work that we do. Of course, our books and audiences were all very different, so it was interesting to hear about the various experiences and strategies of each author. Several authors have produced multiple books. Some were just getting their feet wet in the world of publishing. I wish each and every one much success with their ventures!

 

Seascape Exhibit Goes Up at Brenau University's North Atlanta Campus

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The tools were out, framed prints were propped against the wall and the Brenau Galleries' staff was busy at work at the University's North Atlanta campus this afternoon. They were just beginning to hang my photographs from The Mutable Sea series when I arrived. Admittedly, the space (two very long hallways, plus the main lobby) was a bit overwhelming. Even though these are large prints (30 x 30", framed), I couldn't imagine them filling that much space. But they did, and quite nicely.

The exhibit, which features 30 pieces, will be up just in time to greet students for the fall semester, which begins next Monday. Another exhibit, Local Color, with photographs by local artists fills the back hall, and paintings from the University's Permanent Art Collection finish out a fourth hallway. I love the way they have turned these common spaces into galleries that will be seen and enjoyed by students each day. 

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A joint opening reception for all of the exhibits has been scheduled in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and will be held October 10 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.  I'll be giving an artist's talk and will have signed copies of my latest book, The Mutable Sea: Reflections on Change, available. The public is invited.

Galleries Director Melissa Morgan and Galleries Manager Allison Murphy have been a pleasure to work with, as has the North Atlanta Campus Director Yarden Hixson. I'd like to thank them all for their support, encouragement and enthusiasm for this project. The exhibit will hang through the remainder of the year. Beginning January, 2014, The Mutable Sea will be available from Brenau University as a traveling exhibition.

North Georgia in Winter

Although I live in North Georgia, I confess that I don't shoot much here. I do most of my photography on the road shooting for books or on personal shooting trips. When I do get out with my camera, it is usually in winter. That's when I have more time and feel the greatest need to get outdoors and explore. Plus, I love the winter landscape. It's quiet, textural and revealing. In fact, I believe I love trees best when their branches are bare. That's when they show their true character. 

Anyhow, when a request to participate in a local photographic exhibition about North Georgia at Brenau University's Sellars' Gallery came along recently, it was a chance to take a closer look at some of the images I've been shooting closer to home. Just thought I'd share a few of those with you here--especially since it is currently very cold outside. (In fact, we had sleet and light icing this morning.) Keep warm!