Lush local art exhibition to open at Tryon Fine Arts Center – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

Lush local art exhibition opens at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Posted at 11:03 am Thursday September 1, 2022

The Animals of Red Bell Run: Flora and Fauna opens Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Tryon Fine Arts Center’s JP Gallery

Passion breeds passion, beauty breeds beauty… that’s the thought on Monica Stevenson, a professional athlete, every moment she spends at the Red Bell Run. The photographs for this exhibit are inspired by Mary Adams, owner of Red Bell Run, who is dedicated to the animals and plants that thrive in her equine sanctuary.

Stevenson is a commercial photographer and creative director who offers a sophisticated perspective developed over years of working with high-profile clients from Chanel to Coca-Cola. Stevenson is known for creating intricate lighting arrangements while photographing accessories, liquids, powders, cosmetics, jewelry, and a variety of other promotional images. She applies a sophisticated, playful and sometimes unexpected color sense, yet always technically on point for each application. A recognized educator and respected visual artist, she has received numerous industry awards and has had her work published in a variety of industry magazines and art publications.

An avid equestrian since childhood, Monica Stevenson combines a background in technical commercial photography with a love of pastoral equestrian culture to produce artistic portraiture and artful explorations of equine form. Her fine art equine photography has provided an important creative outlet for a seasoned commercial photographer used to working on high quality commercial shots. The work is free-flowing and romantic, yet carefully crafted and precise. The resulting images have found a home in more than a dozen publications, have appeared in collections at Princeton University and the Kentucky Museum of the Horse in Lexington, and have received awards from the Advertising Photographers of America, the Annual Photography Masters Cup, and the EQUUS Film Festival , to name a few.

As with much of Monica’s work, this exhibition draws heavily on her own collaborative spirit and the generous nature of her artistic partners – Preston Wainwright, floral designer, Thomas Ignatius and Sean Smith, both illustrative designers, to support some of the works featured in the exhibition. Photographed with a large format digital camera and hand printed, the images included in this exhibition show a wealth of beautiful detail – flowers, leaves, illustrations, textures, colors, dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, facial expressions, shapes, movements, fur , teeth, limbs – all the things that make up the natural world of Red Bell Run.

The exhibition will open on September 8th at 6.30pm with a public reception. The Animals of Red Bell Run: Flora and Fauna will be on display September 8 through October 29, 2022 to view and purchase Stevenson’s work. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the fourth Friday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Submitted by Debra Torrence

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