The Art in Public Places Program and the Boynton Beach City Library are celebrating professional photographers with the exhibit “Wild Florida,” which runs through November 2011. A special selection panel chose forty-six photographs by five local artists, Jim LaRocco, Tom Lichauc, Carol Ann Rogus, Greg Matthews, and Suzanne Schwartzman. The exhibit on the second floor of the City Library, 208 South Seacrest Blvd is free and open to the public.
At the 2nd floor information desk a document is available for the public to learn about how the photographers captured their images and the techniques they used. The hope is that these images will increase appreciation of “wild” Florida and will motivate viewers to go to see our wildlife in their natural habitats. All of the artwork is for sale, and proceeds benefit Friends of the Library and City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places. Happily a number of works have already sold.
Greg Matthews was born in West Palm Beach, has been a lifelong Florida resident, and is a member of Photo Salon. He says of his work, “I try to take exciting and unique images of the wildlife I shoot in an effort to create interest in the animal subjects of the photos. It gives people a different view (especially children) and creates awareness of what’s going on all around us.” He added, “I hope that the images can help inspire and create awareness of how important it is to truly protect our real natural resources – the wild animals and habitats that surround us.
All five of the artists are highly accomplished photographers. Jim LaRocco’s work has been displayed by theSony World Photography Awards Organization, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Palm Beach Photographic Center, the Palm Beach Post, and Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge among other venues. Carol Ann Rogus, FPSA, has been an active member of a variety of New York and South Florida camera clubs since 1992. In 2004, she was elected a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), one of the world’s largest international photographic organizations.
Make sure to see their work and that of Suzanne Schwartzman and Tom Lichauc by making a visit to the City Library. For more information visit www.boyntonbeacharts.org or call 561.742.6026, and for now enjoy the slideshow of some of the “wild” photography.
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