‘VIEWPOINTS’ PHOTO EXHIBIT FEATURED AT HVCA IN OCTOBER
HIGHLAND, MI, September 21, 2016 – Photographer Gwendolyn Roth says her show, VIEWPOINTS, which comes to the Huron Valley Council for the Arts gallery in October, “showcases the everyday hidden beauty all around us, even from our own back yard, with images that uplift, encourage or surprise the viewer.”
The show’s gallery opening will take place Friday, Oct. 7 from 7-9 p.m. and offer the opportunity to meet the artist as well as to enjoy light refreshments. The Art Shop also will be open for the event.
Roth adds, “Each piece represents who I am, where I've been, and what inspires me, communicated by an up close and personal photographic style. VIEWPOINTS is not limited to a single subject or theme and encompasses everyday experiences: the weather, the four seasons, nature, the built environment, and just about anything in between. There is something for everybody. The common thread connecting the images is my viewpoint of the world, no matter how big or small that world is.”
Since she grew up in a family whose inspiration sprang from art, Roth’s steady progression in her chosen medium of photography is hardly surprising. It captured her heart from the age of 12, when she got her first “point and shoot camera.” She worked hard to save funds for a “serious 35 mm camera” at the age of 16. Once digital photography came on the scene, she wholeheartedly embraced that transition.
Her philosophy is simple: art brings joy.
“Beauty provides respite from a challenging world,” Roth explained. “Sometimes I just like to have fun with the camera for the sake of fun, but the results are still joyful and thoughtful. I work in both monochrome and color, and will often combine the two. Some shots are painstakingly set up, others are on the fly. Some shots come from thousands of miles away, others are taken right in my own backyard. There is so much to see and capture, and it's all real, and it is found all around us — you don't have to go far. Photography allows me to share my joy with the public. Hopefully, the viewer comes away with a better point of view on life, and that at least one of my images touched them in some way.”
While her work usually emphasizes nature, fine art and healing art, Roth photographs whatever catches her eye. It seems to be working.
She states, “I have received several awards for my work, but I am most honored to have participated in the Images of Resilience Photography Exhibit earlier this year at the Downriver Council for the Arts,” which was at the Downriver Council for the Arts gallery earlier this year. “I have also been truly fortunate to display my work several times with the Beaumont Arts for the Spirit program, which helped launch my photography journey. I continue to enter numerous exhibitions in the area and my next scheduled solo exhibition is in January, 2017, with the Livonia Arts Council.”
When not busy running her household in Canton, MI, Roth devotes her free time to photography. She earned an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, pursuing a career in landscape architecture after graduation. She and her husband have lived in Europe, raised three children and raised an American Foxhound, which, she says, is one of the biggest projects she’s ever undertaken. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and writing.
Gallery hours for Viewpoints are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays October 5-29.