Lee Anne White

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.

A Moment in the Garden

Like any good gardener, I’ve been keeping my eyes on the weather. Heavy rains headed this way: 2 to 4 inches, flood watch. That’s when it occurs to me I have maybe an hour or so to photograph my spring garden before the rain batters the Lady Banks rose and azaleas. The irises just started blooming yesterday, but they won’t hit their stride until after this storm system passes.

Photo ©2010 Lee Anne White.

My garden is sort of on the wild side. It was designed that way, as I adore meadows and wanted to capture that spirit. And, admittedly, I haven’t kept up with the maintenance quite the way I’d like. The garden is now 10 years old, so the evergreens and shrubs have filled out (some much larger than anticipated) and many of the perennials have come and gone. That’s the natural order of things. In the early years, the perennials shine. As the garden matures, the woody plants take their place as the stars in the garden. The temperamental plants disappear over the course of summer droughts, soggy winters, record lows and late cold snaps. The stubborn, persistent plants spread their roots to fill the gaps. And the garden takes on a life of its own.

In all its wildness and weediness, and despite the puzzled looks of visitors who have never seen a fall foliage garden in the South, I love my garden. I stripped the sod by hand, tucked each and every plant into the soil, and have tended them (more or less, mostly less) over the years. It may not be exactly what I envisioned back in 2000. But then again, maybe it’s more.

All photos ©2010 Lee Anne White. All rights reserved.