Nature, Undisturbed opens Friday

Lucinda Bunnen will be one of the jurors this year. She has a show “From Hatcher’s Pond” opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta Apr. 23 and will speak there on May 12. Photo/Special.

Dogwood Gallery and Framer in Tyrone will open Nature Undisturbed, the second annual juried photography show, this Friday with a reception from 6-9 p.m. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in two categories. Over 350 photos were entered by 76 photographers from 10 different states.

Nature Undisturbed is a celebration of the natural world. The show brings together a diverse collection of photography showcasing the wonders of nature that many don’t take the time to see. It is the hope of the show creators that after viewing the photography, visitors are inspired to get out on the not-so-beaten path. Perhaps you happen to take along a camera to capture the light through the leaves and continue to enjoy that day each time you view the photo. This is the show that brings the outside in for all to enjoy.

In the fall of 2008 Southern Conservation Trust approached Donna Rosser about having a photography event featuring her photos. Rosser visits Trust properties frequently to shoot. As soon as Rosser heard this she immediately thought of not just a photography event of her work – but an event that would feature photographs from many. Rosser envisioned a juried show bringing together photographers, photography collectors, and nature enthusiasts. With the plans for the show well underway, one thing was still not decided; the location. Dogwood Gallery was interested in hosting a photography event. Rosser knew with an excellent location like Dogwood and the talented photographers in the Atlanta area, the show would be a winner. Nature, Undisturbed’s inaugural year drew almost 200 hundred entries.

Like the 2009 show, this year’s exhibition will showcase the simple, yet majestic, beauty of nature, wildlife, and our local landscapes. Each unique image echos the sentiment “a picture is worth a thousand words”; a powerful reinforcement for the importance of greenspace and natural habitat protection for future generations of people and wildlife.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Southern Conservation Trust, a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving natural areas in the Southern Crescent for enjoyment today and future generations.

On Saturday, Apr. 17, Susan Todd-Raque will talk about collecting photography from 6-9 p.m. On Thursday, Apr. 22, juror Lucinda Bunnen will discuss the photgraphs in this year’s competition beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 24 will be Southern Conservation Trust Family Day from 2-7 p.m. Activities include a raptor show at 2 p.m. free face painting, nature crafts, hot dogs and more. Also, from 5 to 7 p.m., weather permitting, the Remax Hot Air Balloon will give kids tethered balloon rides. The closing event, Sunday, Apr. 25 from 2-5 p.m., will feature Kathryn Kolb from the Serenbe Photography Center speaking on “The Beauty of Trees.” The People’s Choice Award will also be presented.

For more information on this year’s Nature Undisturbed show, visit www.natureundisturbed.com

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