"Reflections of Light"
Melinda Moore Hartman
Allen Ross Hicks
This multi-faceted exhibit promises to have something for everyone! Our March show will feature three local photographers, a student artist, along with “a touch of chocolate,” to join the celebration of Ashland Spring Hotel’s annual Chocolate Festival. Music will be provided during our First Friday Artists’ Reception by guitarist, Matt Gwinup.
"Curiosity" by Melinda Moore Hartman
Melinda Moore Hartman’s “deep connection with the natural world” and her ability to capture a sense of timelessness is evident in her collection of water abstract photographs. Hartman, a resident of Grants Pass for over 15 years, first became interested in photography in college, where, through her camera lens, she saw the relationships between light and form. “All things are ultimately expressions of light assuming many forms.” She has found that southern Oregon, with its coasts, mountains, rivers and four seasons provide endless opportunities for photographic expression. Join us on First Friday for a talk by Melinda on “The eye of the artist through the camera.” More of Hartman’s work may be viewed at the Melinda Moore Hartman website.
"Morning Breaks" by Kate Geary
In Kate Geary’s striking collection of photographs, water plays a vital role. “Water, reflections, and their integral relationship to the surrounding environment are the heart of images selected for this show.” Whether depicted in the reflection of morning clouds, or as a subtle abstract counterpoint in the repetition of foliage, “water is integral to the whole of the image.” Geary has lived in Ashland for 17 years and has been taking photographs most of her adult life, but it has been the confluence of digital imaging and retirement which has led to a major growth in her creative process. She has shown her work at the Headwaters Gallery, Studio 5, and Liquid Assets Wine Bar, in Ashland.
The Reverend’s Ranger by Allen Ross Hicks
Allen Ross Hicks has “loved photography since receiving my first brownie box camera at age eight.” This passion led him on a path of discovery from his post-college days as a photojournalist, to his two-decade career in advertising and graphic design, and eventually to his current love of digital photography.
“It is a much more spontaneous as well as an alterable medium.” Hicks’ collection of photographs for this show displays a sampling of his unique style, where extraneous elements are removed, and there is the frequent incorporation of multi-point perspective. “My photographs reflect more a resonance with iconic imagery, color, texture and light, rather than any social significance. Issues are there, because that is what’s in front of me, but I’m drawn to a subject because of its ‘feel’ more than its meaning.”
View more of Hicks’ work on the Allen Ross Hicks website.